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Old 04-16-2019, 09:38 PM   #1
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Year: 1992
Chassis: Bluebird Microbus II
Engine: Chevrolet 350 (new!)
Rated Cap: 11 passengers
Smile Travel-ready shortbus going on sale - new engine!

Hello Skoolie community!

My partner and I are putting our skoolie up for sale. We aren't sure what to ask for it (thinking somewhere between $15k-$30k) and are ready to sell if the price is right! Hoping to get some feedback about how much y'all would pay for a rig like this! Even if you are here just looking for your own conversion ideas, please offer a price!

Here are some more details about our cabin on wheels:

Backstory: We lived on the road full time for 6 months! Put 6k miles on it. Took 6 months to do the conversion ourselves! 2018 was a wild ride!!

Conversion type: Home-conversion (we did it ourselves and I know where literally every screw lives)
Year: 1992
Make: Chevy/Bluebird
Model: Microbus II Handibus (handicap accessible, although lift removed)
Original School District: Harrison #2 (Colorado Springs)
Original passengers: 11
Seatbelted seats (currently): 4
Original odometer (88k but we put a new engine in 6k miles ago)
Length: 19.5"
Tires: 10k miles
Brakes: 3k miles (disk+drum)
Engine: Jasper manufactured Chevy 350 (gasoline, 5.7L V8.) (ca. 2018, 6K miles)
GVWR: 10,000 lbs
Gutted Weight: 7,000 lbs
Converted weight: 8,000 lbs
Transmission: 3-speed automatic (w/overdrive)
Gas: Regular (32-gallon tank)
AC/Heat?: Heat
Alternator output: 105A
AC Output: 2000W
Solar Capacity: 200W
Battery Capacity: 360AH
Bed: Queen

The bed murphys up for clothing storage and the whole space under the bed is storage accessible from the back door. All doors lock with keys from the outside. All benches have storage behind and below. There is a trough around the whole inner perimeter, a storage shelf on the rear wall (plants shelf) and a above-bed storage cabinet. The table folds up (in 2 parts) and locks down in place. All wood has been coated in a polyurethane for protection. The windows have a blackout tint on them.
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:41 PM   #2
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you either have a 3 speed automatic, or a 4 speed automatic with OD, there is no 3 speed with overdrive. A picture of the transmission pan can confirm. I have seen th350, th400, 4l60, and 4l80 in cutaways, I suppose a 700r4 is possible, but doubtful.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:45 PM   #3
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Rated Cap: 11 passengers
Hey Shelby987, thank you for the note! It looks like it's a 3 speed with overdrive.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:13 PM   #4
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Hey Shelby987, thank you for the note! It looks like it's a 4 speed with overdrive.
that vehicle would have come with a 3 speed + over drive transmission
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:05 PM   #5
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that vehicle would have come with a 3 speed + over drive transmission
3+OD is often referred to as a 4 speed when referencing GM transmissions, they aren't like allison transmissions where you can have a 4 speed without an OD.

It probably won't matter to most, but much like the often asked AT545 or MT643, the 4L60 and the 4L80 are similar but drastically different. It might be important to a buyer to get a pic. of the transmission pan, that will readily ID the transmission.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:18 PM   #6
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3+OD is often referred to as a 4 speed when referencing GM transmissions, they aren't like allison transmissions where you can have a 4 speed without an OD.

It probably won't matter to most, but much like the often asked AT545 or MT643, the 4L60 and the 4L80 are similar but drastically different. It might be important to a buyer to get a pic. of the transmission pan, that will readily ID the transmission.
the newer models call it a 4 speed automatic - the older ones were called 3 speed + over drive - basically the same transmission as far as I know, and it's a good transmission
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:15 PM   #7
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Hey there- new member here myself so I hope I'm doing this right! I've been looking to either buy a converted microbus or build one myself some day. I don't know much about all of this but I think 15-20k would certainly be a good price range. Don't know anything about engine types or transmissions and such though. *shrugs* Just my 2 cents there!
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