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Old 02-24-2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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Hi there everyone, some awesome inspiration on here. I am looking forward to getting this project underway.
Chris and Kat and we are from Ontario, Canada

The Bus we purchased:
1999 BlueBird International 3800 with a DT466E Diesel, 72 passenger, with around 250K on it.
This bus just came out of service from its school route. It was maintained rather well and had the records of maintenance with it which was awesome.

Anyway enough blabbing, here are some photos of the bus.






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Old 02-24-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new bus!
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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Excellent! --- Love them Birds! Welcome to the fun house and please do keep the pix coming as you progress.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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Because we have over a foot of snow and the tires are froze to the ground shes taking a bit to get her out of where it was parked. Its soooooo hard waiting for it to get home. We spent last night working on layout to pass the time hehe.

Thanks for the hello's!!!

Here is our facebook page for it as well:
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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Having a bit of a time trying to figure out what actual license i require in Ontario to drive it without passengers. The DMV said class C but they transferred me to 3 different people so i am not confident i got the answer i needed. I have read so many other places a G will be fine unless i am towing. Insurance will be the next task....

It won't be home until the second week in march so i have some time to plan this out. If anyone else in Ontario has done this input would be great...

Here is my last project i did and what this bus will be towing...
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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Hey Niles --- Killer Krawler! And a great job of backing down that hill I might add.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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Hey .... Nice wheels guys

Would y'all like to share where you got the bus & how many loonies they asked from you & do ya think they have more .



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Old 02-24-2013, 07:36 PM   #8
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I got mine from a truck recycling company who buys them in bulk from school auctions then resells them if they are in good shape or they recycle them. I paid 3000 for this one but i have heard you can get them cheaper if you can go to the auctions. I was lucky to get this one because they were just processing the last 10 buses, and by processing I mean complete dis assembly and they do 4 per day. One good thing is there is tons of parts for these there but its sad seeing perfectly good buses get torn apart for scrap weight. I think he mentioned the shell alone was worth 1600 with no engine and there getting 2000 for the engines used because of the low KM's.

There was one other bluebird there at the time i purchased but it is most likely gone by now as it was early last week. He mentioned they wouldn't have more till after school season is over this year.

Tango, yeah backing down is worse then going up lol...
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:40 PM   #9
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Thanks for the fast reply !!

We are a family in Sunny Manitoba lol ... Would you call your bus mid size ? .. How many windows ?

It looks sweeeet , I so can't wait to get a bus home .

Looking forward to watching your build ...

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:51 AM   #10
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Its a fill size 72 passenger bus so its pretty big. Good luck finding your bus!

I tried the 3D program i saw someone else using on here Sketch UP. Wasn't too bad after the first hour of using it.

Here is the first revisions:



I am planning on removing the main door and installing the door midway back so the entry is in the kitchen area more like an RV. That way my wife will be up front buckled up like i am while we drive.

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #11
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The white "sample" rig with the stainless basement storage is one very cool unit. Easy too see why you were inspired by it. I'd love to see more of it. Is there a "build thread" anywhere about how/who put it together?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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I found the photos of that one on Pirate 4x4 ( http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/general- ... tions.html )
So far I have not seen a build thread on it. There are a lot of nice toy haulers. Most of my friends use goose neck trailers and convert them to living / haulers. I can't see myself offroading too many more years so i would rather the comfort and customization of something i can explore with.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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Thanks for the link Niles, that is one of the best looking conversions I've seen in a long time.
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That is a great looking bus indeed. I don't know what type of business they're in, but that stainless around the bottom must have cost them a fortune. Have you seen the price of a sheet of stainless lately? Don't look if you don't want to be shocked.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:52 PM   #15
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Thanks Niles Skoolie ....

We have a update too .. Call the local school division today , they have 8 sitting & looking for new homes ...

Very excited !!!

Day off work lol to go see

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Old 03-01-2013, 01:07 AM   #16
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Awesome I hope you guys get one!!!! its so much like Christmas as a kid lol.

So was up to the trucking yard today and she is dug out and ready for delivery tomorrow. I didn't get to see the sides where it was parked before so i wanted to inspect it before i paid the final amount. All looks good. in total it came it 3940.00 wich included taxes and 300 for delivery fee but i got a hole second set of tires and 3 extra heavy duty batteries and jumping cables to attach them all together. If anyone is in the Ontario area a great bunch of guys very helpful.

It will be here in t minus 10 hours... so excited can you tell lol


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Old 03-02-2013, 12:02 AM   #17
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Wahoo its home.... and already put a good few hours into seat removal today.
Christened it with some Pina Colodas...





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Congrats!!!!! You must be so excited! Can't wait to set how your bids progresses!
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Hey Niles --- great start on a wonderful family project! Keep the pix coming.
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Delivered by tow truck?

Does it not run?

I am confused...happens alot
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