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Old 02-26-2019, 12:46 AM   #1
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The Restless Texan's new toy

Just thought I'd drop in and send greetings from Keller, TX

And introduce my newest acquisition - 1989 Blue Bird flat nose w/ cummins turbo diesel - This thing PURRs! Loving it so far!

Of course next comes the fun part..... renovating it and turning it into HOME.

And conveniently enough - long time friend of mine had a secure lot for me to store it in, complete with remote access to the cameras so I can keep an eye on my new "Skoolie" remotely (I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact I'm the system admin for his voice, data, and security network....LOL)

Hurdle #1 - insurance and title transfer.... seemed like it would be scary at first, until I read several other Texan's accounts of their experiences with TxDOT on this subject... so looking forward to this build.

-Andy
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Old 02-26-2019, 12:51 AM   #2
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Old 02-26-2019, 12:58 AM   #3
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Thanks! So first question I think - and mainly because you're local to my area - any idea where a good place to dispose of the seats would be in the D/FW area? Any chance of getting a little $$ from them, or should I just assume they'll be hauled to the dump or a scrap yard?
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:05 AM   #4
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Thanks! So first question I think - and mainly because you're local to my area - any idea where a good place to dispose of the seats would be in the D/FW area? Any chance of getting a little $$ from them, or should I just assume they'll be hauled to the dump or a scrap yard?

We took ours to American Recyclers on Main just south of Meacham Field. Yes, we did get a few bucks for them, about $50.00 I recall. However, before you recycle them, consider that they are a great source of metal for making stuff.


Hit me up when you are getting into the removal and I *may* be interested in lending a hand. Two sets of hands makes that ob so much easier.
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Old 02-26-2019, 03:52 AM   #5
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- This thing PURRs! Loving it so far!
Well of COURSE it purrs. It's a Blue Bird!

When I was driving for the Clarksville\Montgomery County School System, (CMCSS) here in Clarksville, TN, I actually got to drive a wide variety of buses. When a driver first gets hired here, they don't give him/her a dedicated route. Rather, that driver will be substituting for drivers that are out sick or otherwise. The buses of course, will stay with the route because that's what the kids see and recognize. So when you're new, you have no idea WHAT you will be driving each day you go into work. So, when I was new, I got to drive short buses, long buses, flat nosed buses and dog nosed buses. Sometimes I even drove mini vans. It didn't take long that I began to formulate my own ideas as to what type of buses I preferred and my reasons why.

As far as I am concerned, when it comes to school buses, there are Blue Birds and then there are all the others. I think that Thomas buses are ok... but just.

Also, I had a really good friend that was a mechanic for CMCSS and I got a lot of input from him. He also preferred the Blue Birds.

You have here a very good skoolie. Take good care of it and it will take good care of you.

BTW, you're going to be blown away at how tight that baby will negociate a cul-de-sac. It will turn on a dime. Remember, SQUARE YOUR CORNERS! AND BE CAREFUL OF THE WAY YOUR TAIL SWINGS!
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:11 AM   #6
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Nice bus!!. How many miles are on that, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:39 AM   #7
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Welcome, Fellow texan here too. Just starting my journey as well. Look forward to following your progress
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:21 PM   #8
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We took ours to American Recyclers on Main just south of Meacham Field. Yes, we did get a few bucks for them, about $50.00 I recall. However, before you recycle them, consider that they are a great source of metal for making stuff.


Hit me up when you are getting into the removal and I *may* be interested in lending a hand. Two sets of hands makes that ob so much easier.
Thanks for the offer!

Might have to hit you up on seat chopping day, then! LOL I've got my 15 year old son to help, but won't turn down extra hands - I'd for sure buy you lunch & a beer! LOL

My next purchase for it is gonna have to be some tires, drivers side rear outer tire has a circular crack running nearly the complete circumference of the rim, about 2 inches out from the bead.... was a bit unnerving the day we brought it home knowing the condition of that tire, so we just took it real slow, with a pilot vehicle running a short bit ahead of the bus the whole way home..... kept it under 55 - although the bus seems capable of more, just didn't want to chance it with that tire!

So, since I'm on a bit of a budget and deadline, my thinking being, if anyone in the NE Tarrant county area sells decent quality used tires, I plan to just replace the ones absolutely necessary so we can do a "soft conversion" just to get it titled as a MH, but will FOR SURE replace with NEW tires all the way around before it hits the road fulltime.

So if you know a good place around here, chime in anytime!

Thanks amigo!
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:25 PM   #9
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Nice bus!!. How many miles are on that, if you don't mind me asking?
IIRC it's around 200k, I'll check the odometer again next time I'm at the secure lot where it's stored.
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Welcome, Fellow texan here too. Just starting my journey as well. Look forward to following your progress
HA! How funny, I noticed you're in Burleson, we drove from Cleburne, to Keller Sunday afternoon with it, so if you happened to be out on 174 around 5pm that day, might have seen us and didn't know it ;)
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