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Old 06-30-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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So what do we know about a "1969 Bluebird" bus?

Found this in my local-ish Craigslist...

1969 bluebird school bus

Looks like a nice bus, apparently it runs and drives, but who knows how well, or for how long. Anyone know what kind of engine that is? I'm wondering if this is a gas engine since it has a carburetor...

Just interested in hearing what you all think/know about this bus...it looks like it may be too ambitious for me to buy but I'm still interested in learning!

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Old 06-30-2015, 02:56 PM   #2
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A carb is a definitive indicator that you're not dealing with diesel, yes.

That thing looks kind of cool. I bet you could lowball, wave cash, and walk away with it. If you were up this way, I'd recommend giving your remaining cash to Keeter Trucking to fix it up, but alas you're not...
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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Oops, forgot this link...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue...281957-1989.29
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link! Looks like it might have a Chevy 427 V8 in there...

Anyone have a guess as to what make the auto transmission would be?

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Old 06-30-2015, 04:19 PM   #5
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Or maybe a Ford... Wanderlodges around then seem to have had many engine options, so maybe the school buses did too. You may have good luck over on the Wanderlodge Owners Group site.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:30 PM   #6
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Looking at the air filter it appears to me to be a big block Ford. It's definitely a gasser, spark plug wires give it away. Look at the passenger side of the lift covers.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:39 PM   #7
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The make of the trans is almost irrelevant.

If you make any miles with this bus it will need a repower. That would be a new engine and trans that are already mated together.

The old trans will not be any good to bolt to a newer engine.

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I would say the word "gas" in the description pretty much says it all
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:32 PM   #9
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I would say the word "gas" in the description pretty much says it all
Oh....yeah...quite possibly.

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