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Old 09-28-2016, 09:16 AM   #11
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Thanks so much for the replies, especially cowlitzcoach who took the time to include so much info. I think the Thomas is not going to have enough headroom for me. I am 6'3" and do not want to raise the roof. My wife and I are convinced we want to convert a bus though, as we have the time,the tools,and a huge garage to work in over this winter. I will keep you posted, and will probably ask more questions,specifically about engine tranny combos. Here is one that caught my eye last night, but seems really really long.....


1997 Blue Bird All American RE 84 Passenger School Bus For Sale
Inventory: 10448
Condition: Used
Year: 1997
Make: Blue Bird
Model: All American RE
VIN: 1BABMB7A6VF073878
Mileage: 175,482mi
Capacity: 84 Passengers
Engine: 8.3L Cummins Diesel
Position: Rear Engine
Transmission: Allison MT643 Automatic
Brakes: Air
Int Color: Brown
GVWR: 36,200
GAWR Front: 13,200
Front Tires: 11R22.5
GAWR Rear: 23,000
Rear Tire: 11R22.5
Options: Tint, Street Side Emergency Door, AMFM
On paper that is a really nice sounding bus!
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Old 09-28-2016, 11:15 AM   #12
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The Blue Bird you just posted sounds like a really nice rear engine (RE) bus. The Cummins 8.3L will make that bus into a nice highway cruiser.

Again, if it doesn't have the 12" windows you aren't going to have the 78" interior height. Since it is an All American with the big engine it may have been purchased as a trip bus. If it was, it will more than likely have the 12" windows and some luggage compartments. If you are lucky they will be pass through under the floor luggage compartments.

You don't say what the price was. Or it you did I didn't see it.

I would not spend more than $4K for it.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:30 PM   #13
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You don't say what the price was. Or it you did I didn't see it. I would not spend more than $4K for it.

I think I can get it for 6K. It was s one district bus with all the service records. We shall see, i am going to make a 3 hour drive to go check it out, maybe this Friday.
Thanks you all for your help

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Old 09-28-2016, 09:08 PM   #14
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high ceiling..

Keep us posted. That sounds like the perfect bus to me. I also am 6-3, and I really don't want to do a roof raise, and I'm tired of bumping my head!
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:40 AM   #15
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A bus that is almost 20-years old with over 175K miles is not worth $6K.

They may be asking that much or more but that doesn't mean that is what it is worth.

They most likely do not have anything more than about $2,500-$3,000 in it when they took it in on trade.

The only thing that would make that bus worth $6K is if the engine or transmission was rebuilt in the last 20K miles.

As in all buses, look for rust.

Good luck!
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