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Old 05-03-2016, 05:49 AM   #11
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It may have a Detroit Diesel engine or a Duramax.

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The body is a Bluebird which is considered a well built body. It's from Ontario so there may be rust issues but the mileage is pretty low so maybe the rust is minimal.

Price is about par for 15 year old shorties.

It would be nice to have more condition history and service history but they probably won't give it to you. The lawyers have put the kibosh on that.

Is it driveable? They aren't saying. I'd want way more info before breaking out my checkbook.
With my very limited knowledge, the Bluebird body is something that attracted me.

I think the price is good. Quite a few of the other buses I've seen advertised recently are double or triple that for no apparent reason.

The guy selling it says it was safetied about a year ago and has been sitting in his shop (not a mechanic's) ever since.

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I'd place a (small) bet its not a really a diesel. Look at the size of the exhaust pipe. Either way its still a good deal.
That didn't even dawn on me. I will double-check! A diesel would be my preference, and it'd be a warm weather bus.

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2001 - that will have a 4L80E in it most likely if its a 1500.. if its a 2500 or 3500 series it will have the made-for-GM Allison 4 speed in it (Yes it is lockup)...

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Having a lock-up is good for fuel economy (and the transmission in general), right?

My other alternative right now is a safety and e-tested wheelchair E350 with Powerstroke 7.3. However, they want more than twice as much money.

Thanks gang for your input!
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:25 AM   #12
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:22 AM   #13
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I don't think that's a diesel either.
Don't buy a 4 window, too small.
my 3500 was 20' bumper to bumper. Same as my ford f150....
you may as well get a conversion van.

honestly...
I spent six months semi converting mine only to sell it and buy a big boy bus and had to start all over again.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:03 AM   #14
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I don't think that's a diesel either.
Don't buy a 4 window, too small.
my 3500 was 20' bumper to bumper. Same as my ford f150....
you may as well get a conversion van.

honestly...
I spent six months semi converting mine only to sell it and buy a big boy bus and had to start all over again.
For a number of reasons, I can't get a 40' bus.

What were the inside usable dimensions of your shortie?
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:08 PM   #15
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For a number of reasons, I can't get a 40' bus.

What were the inside usable dimensions of your shortie?
I don't recall off hand, but it was only enough room for one couch/bunk bed combo and one rear facing seat behind the driver. with leg room for the rear facing seat.

Aprox 110" or just over 9 feet!!
on the other side it was basically the same b/c the stairs take up about as much room as the drivers seat.

why cant you go bigger?

I totally understand space constraints, if thats the reason. I live in Downtown Atlanta, and we can barely fit two cars in out 18' long driveway as it is. flat nose/ transit style busses are better on parking, and you get way more bang for buck in sense of useable space vs. bumper to bumper length.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:00 PM   #16
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You've got that right.

This bus is 26' long. My shortie 5 windows are 25' long. I have at least 40% more floor space in this 26' FE BB than in my old 5 window shortie. That's a big space gain for a vehicle 1' longer.
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:45 PM   #17
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My 24' shuttle has 16' behind the driver's seat and about 7'6" inside width.
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Old 10-22-2016, 12:11 AM   #18
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Can anyone tell me the exact differences inside lengths and outside between a 4 window and 5 window?
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Not right offhand, but you can figure each row (depending on chassis builder) adds between 16 and 24 inches to the length.

Tell us what kind of shorty you have (or are looking at) and maybe someone who has one like you have (or want) can give you a more specific answer.
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Old 10-22-2016, 12:56 AM   #20
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Not right offhand, but you can figure each row (depending on chassis builder) adds between 16 and 24 inches to the length.

Tell us what kind of shorty you have (or are looking at) and maybe someone who has one like you have (or want) can give you a more specific answer.
Well I know one of them is 17 feet and it makes me wonder what the other is. I'm trying to figure it out because of shopping online for my first short bus. Should I start a new thread? I'm new to the whole forum thing
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