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Old 05-19-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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hello from louisiana

Hi I'm kevin from louisiana

I'm here to gather info before getting into a build
I'm going to be looking for a flat bb or thomas that I can Raise the roof because I'm quite tall
also would really like info on wireing and plumbing. I feel like that's the part I'll have the hardest Time with

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Old 05-19-2015, 12:55 PM   #2
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lots of info here, start by making a list of what you want and what you want to do, then work on each item, 1 at a time
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:13 PM   #3
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Hi I'm kevin from louisiana

I'm here to gather info before getting into a build
I'm going to be looking for a flat bb or thomas that I can Raise the roof because I'm quite tall

Look up cowlitzcoach's posts. He is a wealth of information about virtually all makes and models. Especially helpful to me while trying to choose the "perfect" bus and power package that will suit my intended use. You might want to look for the 12" (vs. the 9") windows. They will have a 78" headroom to start with. You can tell in a pic- the top of the windows/drip rail is NOT in line with the drivers window in the 'taller' busses. The drip-rail lines up on the 'shorter' buses.

also would really like info on wireing and plumbing. I feel like that's the part I'll have the hardest Time with

Browse the "build" threads and how-to's. there are a few very talanted folks on here. I guarantee you'll get so many new ideas you'll have a tough time choosing favorites.

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Old 05-19-2015, 02:17 PM   #4
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Don't limit yourself to just Blue Bird and Thomas buses.

Carpenter was still making buses into the late '90's. They made a pretty good bus body with some exceptions that won't matter if you are raising the roof.

Ward/AmTrans/IC are pretty good buses as well. The government ordered hundreds during the '90's that all had the extended roof options that had an inside height of I think 82". It was at least 78".

Going back a little farther Superior and Wayne made pretty decent bus bodies as well.

The most important thing to decide upon is which power package you want and which power packages on which you would settle, and which power packages you really don't want.

Let us all know if you have any specific questions about a particular bus.

Good luck!
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Old 05-19-2015, 03:35 PM   #5
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I saw a flat nosed bluebird on the shreveport/minden craigslist page. Check it out.
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Old 05-19-2015, 03:35 PM   #6
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:01 PM   #7
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Ward/AmTrans/IC are pretty good buses as well. The government ordered hundreds during the '90's that all had the extended roof options that had an inside height of I think 82". It was at least 78".
And if you're looking for a flat nose, the 3000RE has plenty of space to access the engine in the bay, with very minimal contortions, and great cooling. I'll second the 78" roof clearance. With how I plan to lay my floor and ceiling when I'm done, I'll still have plenty of clearance, and I stand 6'.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:31 AM   #8
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:02 AM   #9
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Don't limit yourself to just Blue Bird and Thomas buses.

Carpenter was still making buses into the late '90's. They made a pretty good bus body with some exceptions that won't matter if you are raising the roof.

Ward/AmTrans/IC are pretty good buses as well. The government ordered hundreds during the '90's that all had the extended roof options that had an inside height of I think 82". It was at least 78".

Going back a little farther Superior and Wayne made pretty decent bus bodies as well.

The most important thing to decide upon is which power package you want and which power packages on which you would settle, and which power packages you really don't want.

Let us all know if you have any specific questions about a particular bus.

Good luck!
Thank u all for the welcome

The thing is I'm 6'6 (78"") I've been looking and I haven't been able to find any lifts that are finished or there all sheet metal with no windows I'm sure there ar some but I haven't been
able to find it
my question is are there any close to finished and where do u get the windows and what kind
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:21 AM   #10
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