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Old 07-13-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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1985 Fully Converted Blue Bird $10,000

First sorry for the multiple posts...since the price was in title I wanted to make sure folks saw the price.

Greetings! We have a good deal for you. Fully converted skoolie. Ready to go. We bought this from a family that was getting ready for a big trip in 2014. They did all kinds of repairs listed below. The power steering had to be fixed and a part needed arrived later than they could wait. The bus sat for 20 months during their project. They moved and had to sell. We bought it this May after having A to Z bus service which is an authorized bluebird repair shop, flush the coolant which did not do an damage from the long time sitting they confirmed, oil change and topped off transmission fluid. Plus all new batteries. We had them test drive it too. Top speed is 55 mph with how the engine is currently configured. They looked at everything and we did all the repairs they recommended.

We were heading out and an hour later we overheated. We are not handy to fix that sort of thing so we called AAA. Due to our location we had to be towed. A to Z inspected all the parts that could have cause the overheat and test drove again. They said everything looked fine. While waiting for the tow we had second thoughts and realized this is not the right vehicle for us. We need something newer. Time to sell. We are moving and would like to sell soon. We are out of state. The service manager at A to Z can show the bus to you and do a test drive. You must coordinate with me for a visit. Please serious inquires only for viewing the bus. Call/email and get questions answered first.

We have lowered this quite a bit in price. We are good with $10K now. We have to do something to get a little somethig out of it before we move. If that still seems like too much make an offer. The worst thing that can happen is we say no. For only $10K you can do a lot of improvements so hopefully it is right for one of you.



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Old 07-13-2016, 11:36 AM   #2
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VIN: 1BAB1BMA8FF071032 (clean record)
Current MN registration as an RV
180K odometer reading
Automatic Allison Transmission
CAT Diesel engine
Air Brakes
40 foot long Blue Bird All American

CAT 3208 drivetrain
Allison Automatic Transmission
Rebuilt engine and transmission in 2013
Dual 40 gallon diesel tanks, one on each side

Sleeps 8 (1 queen, 4 bunks, 1 full futon)
Rear queen bed with mattress and storage underneath
4 small 5' bunks with 4" custom Serta memory foam pads and 4" high density foam base
Full-sized futon with new blue chenille cover in living/dining area

HUGE 5'x8' bathroom
Large shower with marbled plexiglass door
Dometic SeaLand Gravity Discharge Toilet
Sink with storage
2 vanity storage spaces
18"deep x 24" wide x 72" tall closet
12"deep x 12" wide x 72" tall closet

2-Door Dometic absorption propane/electric refrigerator
4 burner Suburban propane stove
Double stainless sinks
Over-stove lighting
Over-stove storage shelf
Over-fridge storage shelf
2'x2' cutting table with 2 sliding drawers and 2-door cabinets
Suburban Direct Vent gas water heater

U-shaped dining nook with custom seat and back cushions
Storage under two ends of dining seating (12"x16"x17 and 12"x31"x21")
Custom folding dining table for 3-4 folded or 6+ unfolded
Full-Sized Futon with new cover
Under futon storage is 13"x25"x65"

Captain's chair with Sharper Image Massage Cushion
Kenwood Satellite Radio Interface Box with CD/AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth and 1/8" Inputs and removable faceplate
Driver's fan
Rolling cloth shades

Two tone brown/tan marine paint finish
Kipor KDE 5000E Diesel Generator powered by bus fuel line
4-bank house batteries --new April 2016
4-bank bus batteries--new April 2016
60 pound propane tank
40 gallon fresh water tank
20 gallon grey water tank
20 gallon black water tank
50 amp service input with 30 amp adapter
100' power cord in for residential charging
Four exterior 125V power outlets
Rear 2'x3'x7' storage compartment

Xantrex Freedom 458 Series Inverter/Charger
Xantrex Link 1000 Battery Monitor
Two Carrier AirV Roof-Mount Heat Pump/AC units (living room/bedroom)
Camco RV Catalytic Safety Heater in living room
Wired sound system and speakers throughout entire bus
Two flatscreen TV wall-mounts
One 24" flatscreen TV
Cloth Venetian Blinds in Dining/Living and Bedroom areas
Plastic Venetian Blinds in bathroom, hallway and side cockpit
Interior height in center is 6' 2"

All in 2014
**Work completed by A-Z Bus Sales, certified Blue Bird Service Center of California within the last 18 months/500 miles
Replaced front and rear leaf springs
New bushings/gaskets
New hydraulic fan motor and blades
New rear tire
New radiator
New air brake hoses
New hydraulic pump
New hydraulic oil cooler
New water pump
Repaired multiple oil and coolant leaks
Repaired/replaced electrical in dash (lights, transmission fluid gauge, back-up lights)
Rebuilt power steering pump
New power steering pulley and belts
2 new 8D Interstate bus batteries
4 new 6V Interstate RV batteries
Fresh oil change & lube within last 400 miles
Transmission serviced
Pressure Washed Engine
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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Nice bus, but it's in a state where it has a ghost overheating problem that an authorized bluebird repair shop can not diagnose? I think you'd recoup your costs and sell faster if you could at least find someone who can figure out what the problem is.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:10 AM   #4
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Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
nowhere does it say the fan clutch was tested / replaced.. most times a shop wopnt re-create that issue because it takes running the bus a very long time to see it.. but put it out on the road and esp up a hill at speed and will be slowly but surely going over-temp....

if its a viscous non-air type clutch it "looks " normal in the shop because the fan spins.. but doesnt engage fully at speed... alas causing a slow over-heat problem at cruise....

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Old 07-14-2016, 12:22 PM   #5
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@cadillackid if that were the problem, what would be the approx cost for repair?
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:01 PM   #6
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depends on wat type of clutch, how hard it is to get to and change out.. mine and another forum members are Viscous style... i cant speak for the other member but I changed mine myself in about an hour and the part was $250
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:08 AM   #7
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Is this bus still available?
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Old 09-14-2016, 01:28 PM   #8
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Bus still available? Is it insulate do? Would it make it through winter, I live in a state with a good bit of snow and cold.
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