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Old 03-14-2018, 02:50 PM   #1
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Angry So much confusion !! Makes me want to bury my head in the sand

So here it is... I am preparing to buy a bus.. currently looking at some bluebirds.. 77 passenger to start a conversion... losing my dads house as he passed away and house is foreclosing... I am on a limited budget and limited in ability as disabled back and neck issues... so to not make any mistakes what bluebirds should i stay away from... i saw that a bunch of TC-3000's had transmission issues but that could be the way they were driven etc... i would love to get some serious answers regarding my purchase before i bite the bullet and jump on one.. I don't even know if i can complete it as i am disabled and only get a few great days a week the rest STINK I figure i have about a year to make it something i can load all my crap into but there are certain things we all need to live...

Any help in deciding what to buy would be greatly appreciated..



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Old 03-14-2018, 03:14 PM   #2
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Need more details on what your intended use will be. Go to your UserCP (upper left) and fill out your profile letting us know a little about you and where your from for area specific help
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:18 PM   #3
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got it , thank you
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:32 PM   #4
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From what I have read and was just in a similar boat I decided to go with a DT466E power plant for reliability. There are some great threads on here. Why not start with a short bus project rather then jump into a large bus?
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:39 PM   #5
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The reason I want a larger bus is because there are TOO many things i am unwilling to let go of YET... I have a young dog that requires a bit of room ... i also have a 24 foot trailer i need to bring with me with my tool box tools toys etc... So yeah still confused but the buses i am looking at with little to NO descriptions are 1994 and 1995 77 passenger bluebird TC 2000 FE with 130,000 miles..
... they are still on the roster and i can inspect them when i need to...5.9 and allison... no idea of which allison I would much rather have an 8.3 and then a DT466 but that isnt whats available to me at this time , however i have to jump the gun on something here pretty fast .. i am a retired / disabled auto mechanic , have done carpentry have many tools , lots of know how but ... LOTS OF CONFUSION...
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:31 PM   #6
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Do I understand correctly that you want to pull a 24' trailer behind the bus?

If so, check the maximum combined length in the states that you will be traveling. A 24' trailer behind a 40' bus may not be legal in some states.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:32 PM   #7
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Do I understand correctly that you want to pull a 24' trailer behind the bus?

If so, check the maximum combined length in the states that you will be traveling. A 24' trailer behind a 40' bus may not be legal in some states.
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That bus will be a 5.9 Cummins backed up to an AT545 tranny, the least desirable for towing or sustained high speed or mountain passes. You may find restrictions or trouble finding places that will allow parking one that long and a trailer, you'll be exceeding 65'. What's the rush. It really pays to take a little time and get what you want if you plan on keeping it any length of time.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:58 PM   #9
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Do I understand correctly that you want to pull a 24' trailer behind the bus?

If so, check the maximum combined length in the states that you will be traveling. A 24' trailer behind a 40' bus may not be legal in some states.
I did but not with a 77 passenger, My plan was to buy a medium sized bus for that idea but will have to get a smaller trailer if i am going to tow with the 40 ft
The plan keeps changing as the days go by... the only thing i know is I want a schoolie not a motorhome as the FED regulations is that a bus must support one and a half times of of the weight of the total bus ... STRENGTH is why I wont do anything else... My plan is to find a parcel of land down south to park the bus on and live in it either until i build or repair a structure or existing structure, or in the BUS full time... availability makes all the differences in what choices will be made later... As far as the build... well thats a lot of discussion to be addressed as each thing comes up... i have full size appliances and a load of STUFF that i will leave in boxes until i decide wether or not i will be keeping it or full time schoollie
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:06 PM   #10
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That bus will be a 5.9 Cummins backed up to an AT545 tranny, the least desirable for towing or sustained high speed or mountain passes. You may find restrictions or trouble finding places that will allow parking one that long and a trailer, you'll be exceeding 65'. What's the rush. It really pays to take a little time and get what you want if you plan on keeping it any length of time.
the rush is i have to pack up a 3 bedroom house with a 2 car detached garage and a 24 X 48 pole barn with collections of all sorts tools of all sorts spare parts of all sorts, as well as build a bus to suitable usable condition... all while being on disability with little to no money, and within a year before my home is taken back by the bank...

This is a scary endeavor, and the amount of information available to me is limited without hands on experience ...
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