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Old 07-05-2017, 12:36 PM   #1
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Hi all, a friend pointed me to the site. I am a new owner of my 1st skoolie. 1971 international loadstar bluebird with a gas 345. (Not sure on the rest of the specs yet). Just got it tuned up and took it for it's 1st test drive. Cheers!
-Tim
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:54 PM   #2
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Fond memories of my first skooly 1970 International 56 passenger Bluebird body 345 4 speed manual
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:57 PM   #3
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The bus really looks like it's a nice shape on the outside anyways hopefully the inside looks as good, except for the gas mileage of driving that bus drivetrain was a little loud too but if you wear earplugs you can drive faster, we actually took the mechanical governor off after the first 50 miles at 54 miles an hour maybe that's why it was so loud.
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Old 07-05-2017, 01:05 PM   #4
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I really like the nose on that bus- looks like a Bulldog.

Enjoy your new bus ! Check your brakes real good.

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Old 07-06-2017, 07:37 PM   #5
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Gotta love them old corn binders! My dad built this one, his first bus build, back in the late 70's. He had a 5th wheel camper but wanted a motorhome but went into sticker shock when he went shopping. One of the neighbors had an old bus they stuck a few cabinets in and made a hunting rig and when my dad saw that, the light went on and one day he came driving in the yard with an old 68 international bus and proclaimed he was building a camper out of it. I thought ya right but when he got done it turned out really nice. Fast forward 40 years later and the thing is still in perfect condition except for the paint. The build inside is as tight as when he put it together, they are built like a tank! Its been coast to coast and country to country several times in its life so far. I ended up with it back in the 80's when he did his second one and we would stuff all 7 of our kids in it, (24' bumper to bumper), and hit the road, lots of memories in it for sure! It will run down the road 65 and we usually got around 10 mpg with it if we werent climbing hills. You will have fun with yours!
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:46 PM   #6
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:39 PM   #7
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Hi all, a friend pointed me to the site. I am a new owner of my 1st skoolie. 1971 international loadstar bluebird with a gas 345. (Not sure on the rest of the specs yet). Just got it tuned up and took it for it's 1st test drive. Cheers!
-Tim
That sure is a purty purple. That bus is as old as I am.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:50 AM   #8
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With a little polish and elbow grease it could be Vikings purple. If you come through Minneapolis you have to stop by the Vikings Stadium, Go Vikes
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