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Old 01-11-2017, 06:53 PM   #1
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Hey Guys... new to the scene. I've dreamed for years of converting a bus. We have 5 littles, ages 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8. We are looking at a 1990 BB, just wondering what a fair price is for one that is this old. I wasn't able to get any info on the motor today, so I know that's not a lot of info to go on....


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Old 01-11-2017, 08:44 PM   #2
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I got nuthin' to offer as to a fair price until we see motor/trans specs, but I got a name suggestion for a cool bus with so many little 'uns : "Romper Zoom".

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Old 01-12-2017, 03:43 AM   #3
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Without knowing how many miles, which power package, and which options it is hard to make a guess.

At a guess I would say it most likely has the 190 HP Cummins 5.9L with the AT540 transmission.

Some of those buses came with hydraulic brakes and some with air brakes. Air brakes are more desirable than hydraulic brakes.

It has 9" windows that are not tinted but it does have a white roof.

Typical mileage for a bus of that vintage would be in the 250K-350K range.

High range asking price on a bus like that would be $5,000.00. At that price it would need to have air brakes and lower mileage. Hydraulic brakes and higher mileage I would put the price closer to $2,500.00.
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:57 AM   #4
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Without knowing how many miles, which power package, and which options it is hard to make a guess.

At a guess I would say it most likely has the 190 HP Cummins 5.9L with the AT540 transmission.

Some of those buses came with hydraulic brakes and some with air brakes. Air brakes are more desirable than hydraulic brakes.

It has 9" windows that are not tinted but it does have a white roof.

Typical mileage for a bus of that vintage would be in the 250K-350K range.

High range asking price on a bus like that would be $5,000.00. At that price it would need to have air brakes and lower mileage. Hydraulic brakes and higher mileage I would put the price closer to $2,500.00.


Thank you. I will try to get more info this weekend. It said 150k miles.


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Old 01-12-2017, 08:16 AM   #6
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Welcome...and also determine what its' speed capability might be. There are an awful lot of skoolies that will not go over 45-50 mph due to gearing and rpm limits. Making the jump to actual "highway speeds" can be crazy expensive.
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Welcome...and also determine what its' speed capability might be. There are an awful lot of skoolies that will not go over 45-50 mph due to gearing and rpm limits. Making the jump to actual "highway speeds" can be crazy expensive.


How do I determine this?


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Old 01-12-2017, 05:59 PM   #8
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if you can get its VIN you can call Bluebird and see if they can give you the engine / trans and rear end gears of it.. you can look at the tire sizes yourself if you have physical access to it.. and then the top speed can be calculated.
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Simplest way is to drive it. But, if that is not an option, you can use the calculator below ( but...you have to have all the right numbers to plug in).

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Thank you. I will try to get more info this weekend. It said 150k miles.


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