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Old 11-19-2018, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone:)

Hey, hey!! I'm new to the block, just wanted to stop by, bring you these cookies, and introduce my family and our big giant bus

My name is Hannah, my partner's name is Joe, and together we have 3 boys (15,14,5). We just bought a '91 Bluebird All-American (40'FE) that we will be converting into our traveling home away from home. The conversion will likely not start until January but we are researching every free moment we have so we are ready once it's time to GO!!

June is when we would like it done by, the plan is to spend the summer of 2019 driving to Alaska and then we would like to spend the next year exploring the lower 48.

Thank you all in advance for the wisdom and knowledge you take the time to share, I have no doubt you will be saving us over the next few months

Happy Holidays!!
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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Welcome folks! Nice bus and looks like a good size roof deck on it
Should accommodate your family for sure but watch out for low bridges and underpasses.


Enjoy the ride!


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Old 11-19-2018, 04:20 PM   #3
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Bahaha!!

John, that is so funny, I hadn't noticed that but it totally looks like that!! Hmmm, it is a little bit smaller than the one we were planning on... we'll make sure to heed your warnings 😉😁
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Old 11-19-2018, 04:28 PM   #4
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Old 11-19-2018, 08:36 PM   #5
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Nice bus and looks like a good size roof deck on it


Did you eat all the cookies? I didn't get one.
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Old 11-19-2018, 10:13 PM   #6
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Did you eat all the cookies? I didn't get one.

Sorry you didn't get one. I can't remember if I ate them all but the koolaid was good that I washed them down with.


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Old 11-20-2018, 01:45 AM   #7
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It appears as if you purchased a former GSA contract bus. The Jobs Corps and military use a lot of them. They aren't bad buses but tend to be a bit under spe'c'ed as far as heavy duty parts and pieces are concerned.

I have seen a LOT of those buses with the Cummins 6BT/ISB with only about 190-210 HP and hooked up to AT540 transmissions. If you are lucky you got one of their buses with the Cummins 6CT/ISC with 250+ HP with the MT643 transmission. With the smaller engine and transmission you will be spending a LOT of time with your foot flat on the floor. Without upgrading to the better transmission and turning up the HP you will spend a lot of time going up hills in the slow lane. With any sort of HP increase you will also need to consider an increase in radiator cooling capacity. If you keep all of the underseat heaters and turn them on while going up a long grade you might be okay. But the removal of the volume of coolant the heater loop contains will be a problem on hot days on long grades with a hotter engine.

Most of their buses are geared more towards highway speed than school bus route speed. So again, you may have lucked out there as well.

The transit slider windows are a plus as well. They don't leak nearly as much and seal out the wind and the rain much better than the dual sash drop windows used in school buses.

Please ask questions even if you think they have already been answered before. Also, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes if you don't know what it is exactly you are looking at and you are wanting help with it, if you post a photo I am sure there will be someone on here that has seen what it is you are questioning and will know how to deal with your problem

Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:01 AM   #8
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:17 AM   #10
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Oh my gosh, cowlitzcoach, I cannot tell you how excited I was reading your message, we were told it was used to transport veterans but that was all we knew. It has 83k "original miles." We thought we were told it had a cummins 8.3 but now we are questioning that lol Driving was definitely foot to the floor on the highway, cruised along about 63mph. We have some research to do, mechanically speaking, but that is beyond intimidating and I don't know where to start!! Knowing there are people out there who have knowledge and are willing to share that is AMAZING and so reassuring!!

We love the windows, they are all in really good shape!! We have big plans for her, about a month before we start tearing in!! Thank you, again, for taking time with that awesome response and information!!
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