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Old 06-20-2018, 07:53 PM   #1
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Prison Bus Question

We have arrangements to view a former prison bus tomorrow-wondering if there are any pros/cons/additional things to consider with a prison bus as opposed to a bus that has been used for school (aside from bars on the windows!)? It is a 96 Bluebird with cummins 8.9l DSL Engine w/46,000 miles.
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Old 06-20-2018, 07:56 PM   #2
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They usually have high skinny windows that a body can't fit through. Good if you plan on deleting and skinny the old openings.
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do they typically have a stainless steel lavatory and black water holding tank?
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Compared to a school bus, the interior is less likely to be contaminated by vomit but more likely to be contaminated from every other bodily fluid.
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They usually have high skinny windows that a body can't fit through. Good if you plan on deleting and skinny the old openings.
Thanks for the response! Here is the picture from the posting-we are planning to raise the roof so I guess it won't matter much.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:06 PM   #6
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do they typically have a stainless steel lavatory and black water holding tank?
Thanks for the response! This one was used for county transport only so it doesn't have a "bathroom". The center bench has been removed so it is "ready for conversion" as per the posting.
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Compared to a school bus, the interior is less likely to be contaminated by vomit but more likely to be contaminated from every other bodily fluid.
Haha-good point! Thanks!
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Cummins 8.3 you mean? That's one of the most sought after. 96 is a great year because it's mechanical and you won't have as many electrical or emissions problems to deal with. It was likely well take care of. I would pay up to five or 6000 and keep the bars on the windows!
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:23 PM   #9
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Cummins 8.3 you mean? That's one of the most sought after. 96 is a great year because it's mechanical and you won't have as many electrical or emissions problems to deal with. It was likely well take care of. I would pay up to five or 6000 and keep the bars on the windows!
We thought that too but confirmed with the seller is it 8.9l DSL Engine. Any thoughts on how that compares with the 8.3? We couldn't find much information on that engine.
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Compared to a school bus, the interior is less likely to be contaminated by vomit but more likely to be contaminated from every other bodily fluid.
Vomit, too!
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