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Old 12-25-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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2009 Bluebird Coach conversion/Build

I thought I would share some pictures of my project. I've lurked for a long time on pretty much all the Bus sites, including this one before pulling the trigger on this project.

This was a brand new but incomplete Bluebird Express coach that came from the coachworks factory in Georgia when they shut down. It was a drivable shell, and from there, I've built it up......

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Old 12-25-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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After about 2000miles of driving this coach with the Caterpillar C13 set at 410HP, I decided I didn't like the engine, and pulled it in favour of a brand new Cummins ISX 600HP.

Pulling the Brand new CAT engine from a brand new coach ..........








And here is the brand new Cummins ISX-600 when it showed up on the pallet.









But before we Install the ISX-600....we had to do a few mod's. Such as have the computer re-programmed to Delete the emissions system (DPF exhaust and EGR), and reset the engine to 675HP!!. Because of how this coach is registered, I can get away without the emissions.




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Old 12-25-2011, 06:04 PM   #3
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WOW just awesome .... was this one up for auction ?? i remember a post on Bus Conversions about this i thinks

This was one of 5 coach's from the auction that one guy bought from Missouri, and I bought this one from him.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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And here is what we use the Coach for. My son races Motocross, so this is our home on wheels for traveling to different tracks, with the trailer behind carrying the bikes and tools.

The coach is about 80% done, but needs to be painted, and I need to put down the hardwood floors and a few things here and there.


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Old 12-25-2011, 08:05 PM   #5
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one guy bought all !3! WOWZA .... just found ya on BC mag forum :P really nice work

*does not lurk on other sites*
:P

as a welcome to new member i would say the
"Welcome to the madness"
but well .... yea:P

BC mag forum? you mean BCM? I mainly post on the Bluebird Wanderlodge forum since I have a Bluebird, and a little on BCM, and been lurking on here for a while and decided to share some pic's with you guys as well. But thats about it.

There were 3 Express coach's like mine with mine being the only drivable one, and there were also 2 45' Wanderlodge's.........so 5 coaches in all.
I think he still has 3 shells with no drive train, just rolling chassis.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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yea i meant BCM i dont remember the 2 45' Wanderlodge's in the auction page/add i saw hmm
Here is one of the 2 Wanderlodges..... This one had a Cummins ISX600 in there as well, but the engine has been sold already. the Shell is still in Missouri.


You can see 2 other Express Chassis like mine in the background in this pic.


And the Other 45' Wanderlodge was chopped up already for scrap metal, after the front clip was sold to someone repairing a crashed Wanderlodge.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:08 AM   #7
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Good call on the engine. So now what do you do with the Cat? No, I dont want it. ;)
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So where did the pretty "bird's eye" birch go?

This is a good example of "expensive shell, expensive conversion". After all how many of us would put a 12K+ Aqua-Hot into a 2K shell? It's pretty and all.
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Golly, that is a big bus. Thanks for all the pictures. It is hard to understand that your bus is a Blue Bird. Mine is a 1973. It is so different than your's.

It appears that you are a professional bus converter. Your bus reminds me of a Prevost.

You did an awesome job of putting it together. I really like the picture of the eight golf cart batteries.
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Good call on the engine. So now what do you do with the Cat? No, I dont want it. ;)

The CAT is sold, and gone
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