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Old 02-01-2019, 03:21 PM   #1
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Hi from central Utah

Hi everybody,

I teach at a boarding school in rural central Utah. Since the school is so isolated, the teachers here need to have CDL's. Most of the teachers here have class C (Shorty) certifications, but I went ahead and got the class B (air brakes), so I've spent a bunch of time driving the school's three full size busses. Now, they're ready to retire one, and I've decided to get it.

It's a 1994 Bluebird All American 84 passenger with just under 200k miles on the Cummins 8.3. The nicest thing about it (other than the fact the business office has readily agreed to take the asking price out of my salary over the course of several months) is that it's got new tires all around.

This will be my 2nd skoolie. My 1st was a '74 International mid-length (I don't recall the passenger rating) gasser that I had in the 90's.

I've been lurking here for a little while collecting ideas that I like (Roof raising and hydronic heat, to name a couple), and I'll start a build thread as soon as time and weather permits.

See you around,

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Old 02-01-2019, 03:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like a really great bus.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:59 PM   #3
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Welcome From Norther Utah

Welcome Buzz
Im building a bus in Erda, Utah by Tooele.

Perhaps we should do a Utah Skoolie meetup theres a few of us here in Utah
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:04 PM   #4
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Do you have any insights about the RV salvage yard up in Tooele? I'm wondering whether I should set up an appointment up there.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:47 PM   #5
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Tooele RV

I think its a guy just tearing them apart in his yard. If you need some stuff, Ive got a slide in that Im taking apart.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:57 PM   #6
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That is just about the Dream Bus, Buzz!

All American is the "deLuxe" version of Blue Bird, which may be the best brand of school bus, and the 8.3 engine is a much-sought-after upgrade from the far more common 5.9.
And I bet the school buys tires for well below retail.

I kind'a just "had to" congratulate you on that bus.

And welcome you to the forum!
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:46 AM   #7
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Thanks, Elliot!

I was starting to suspect that this was a particularly desiable bus (not just compared to the POS I had in the 90's), what with the big Cummins and the retarder (for these nutty Utah roads), and I'm getting more and more excited to get going on it.
I'll definitely be looking to pick your brain about a number of things, as your build strikes me as a real exemplar.

Family Circus:

That sounds awesome! The only actual RV parts I'm sure I'll be wanting are a toilet and some windows; I expect to go with mostly household stuff otherwise. If it's cool, I'll start shooting you PM's about specifics as the scope and sequence of my plans become more clear.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:59 AM   #8
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Welcome! Sounds like you've found a great platform to build on and good-as-it-gets insight to the bus condition and sales terms. In case you get out to Salt Lake County some time and want to see a Blue Bird with a roof raise (still in an utterly unfinished state), give me a shout.
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A retarder also! What kind? Electric (Telma or similar), exhaust, or "Jake" type? (I don't know if they make a Jake for the 8.3.)
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A retarder also! What kind? Electric (Telma or similar), exhaust, or "Jake" type? (I don't know if they make a Jake for the 8.3.)
There are also hydraulic retarders built into some auto transmissions.
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