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  1. CaptSquid
    Robin97396 - it's a 2003 with a Cat C7
  2. Robin97396
    It's just my opinion, but churches don't get rid of buses that run good. They get rid of them when repair expenses get to high. Churches don't usually leave a bus yellow either. Also I've never seen a 12 cylinder engine except military equipment. The mileage would be bearable if it runs and drives well.

    Honestly, given your location, you should have one of the FL guys check this bus out for you if you're seriously thinking of spending money on it. I was a military mechanic and only have about 18 months of learning about buses under my belt from this forum. Some of the engines I worked on wouldn't fit in the passenger area of a bus.

    I can understand you not wanting to deal with the negative comments concerning having a bus publicly evaluated on this forum, but it would be in your best interests to do exactly that. ECCB could likely give you an accurate valuation of your bus. I'm simply to far away, and the add sounds quite odd.

    Either way, good luck.
  3. pepperinacan
    1987 international bluebird
    condition: good
    cylinders: 12 cylinders
    drive: rwd
    fuel: diesel
    odometer: 269000
    paint color: yellow
    size: full-size
    title status: clean
    transmission: automatic
    type: other
    Church Bus for sale, 1987 International Bluebird. Runs great, 48 Passenger, 9.0 Liter, Cummings Engine, No A/C, Front New Tires.

    Here is the original ad. I am going to have to do more in depth research. The articles I read were strictly on the engine itself and not the bus model. Thank you Robin, I will dig deeper.
  4. pepperinacan
    Hello Robin

    What you think about a 1987 international bluebird with a 9.0 liter cummings engine 267,000 miles ? 48 passengers. Forgive if it is an informality to ask a member direct questions. Thank you for your time
  5. Robin97396
    I never started a thread. I joined years ago but had a tiff with the owner of the site at that time. He wanted all of us to help an older couple to buy a new engine for their bus. That's a sweet thought, but it sounded like a scam to me and I said so. I was basically invited to leave the site and out of respect for others I did.
    After purchasing this current fifth bus this site came up again during web searches. I needed information about buses. I was a military diesel specialist team leader processing an average of about 13 trucks per day. Don't know much about buses though. Multifuel engines are my specialty.
    I've moved the seats around, but everything in my bus can be off loaded in about 30 minutes. There just isn't anything to show here. I am preparing to insulate but you already know how to take out rivets and panels.
  6. EastCoastCB
    Where's your build thread?
  7. Robin97396
    That's just starting to get broke in at 128k. I wait for wheel chair buses now so I don't have to deal with seats. I tried the led light strips for a while. They will actually fit inside of the L-track groove in the floor which is visually appealing but gives me a headache after a while. And ok, I'll have to agree about the need for insulation. I began living in this rig at the end of the freezing weather so I did get a taste of what a factory bus feels like in the winter. I went out and bought a wood stove specifically for the bus, I mean van. Mine is not officially a conversion. I was also going to have nice flooring until I got this bus with L-track all over the floors. Keeping the idea of simplicity in mind combined with the rate that I seem to change buses I find it's not prudent to invest to heavily. I admire the size of bus you got, but doesn't that limit the places you can stop sometimes? In cities I find it awkward even with this medium size bus.
  8. CaptSquid
    It's a 2003 Thomas-built HDX. I got it last October for $8K. It had 128K on the clock and the tires were almost brand new. Driving it back to Montana from Illinois, it rode like it was on rails and averaged 7.5 mpg. I paid 2 kids $340 to strip the seats and have had it carpeted and linoleum. I've also put in insulation on the walls and some LED light strips.


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