Yeah, years are rather fluid. I drive an 07 according to the labels in the bus, but it was built between 4/06 and 7/06. I see decals with both dates.
We'll be selling some 00 or 01 BB's in a few months. Looked in one and it's basic bus, and has non-matching dates as well.
And last month we got in two new IC buses - it's obvious they were builtin 2016..but are listed at 2018 model year.
Why the weirdness?
One guess is how school districts word contracts. We have one contract that says buses can't be over 14 years old..not sure what the defining date is as we're still running them and they're the 00/01 models..my math says they're 16 years old...
the new contract that we're geting the '18 buses for has a 10 year limit...so we can what, run them till 2028? They went into service in 2016..again, I get 12 years with my math.
Maybe cause it for schools they use that 'new math' i keep hearing about?
Originally Posted by Elliot Naess
Hmmmm.... I finally thought to try Wikipedia. And they have a page for BB TC2000.
- 1991: ... ... As a running change, front bodywork TC/2000 Front Engine is redesigned with a flip-up access panel. This allows for better access and serviceability for drivers and mechanics; it requires the headlight bar and front bumper to be moved forward several inches. On front-engine models, the grille is redesigned for better cooling; 4 chrome bars replace the 4 slots (rear-engine versions use a blank version of the 1988-1990 bodywork). Inside, a redesigned engine cover takes up less space in the driver compartment.
- 1992: TC/2000 front bodywork redesigned on both versions. Similar to the All American, three hinged access panels allow access to service points and the engine radiator (on front-engine models).
So.... Looks like the bulge was a running change in 1991, then back to flat in 1992.
The bus in question is a 1992 by the VIN, but there is often overlap between years -- especially with "running changes".
Maybe there is nothing in there after all? But I do not see why they would need to move headlights and bumper forward just to create a single top-hinged access panel.
And the extra length makes the 84 pax version exceed 40 feet.