In what year did they start making "high headroom" dog-nose school buses?
My bus having caught fire almost two months ago hasn't tamped down my 2-year-old son's excitement whenever he sees one, and he still asks me "ride bus?" regularly. Last night we were watching videos of him as a baby and I happened upon one of my bus on fire, and though I exited out of it quickly, he heard me say "bus" on the video and then he went nonstop about wanting to see a bus. So I found a YouTube video where a guy picked up an old school bus, and he loved it.
The bus was a 1988 GMC / Thomas Saf-T-Liner 9-window. It did not appear to have high headroom, but it got me thinking. If I could get an older, simpler bus for my next one, I'd be that much less likely to watch it go up in flames and that much more likely to be able to work on it myself. I remember that some of them used to have gas engines and stick shifts.
But did they have high headroom? Really, I need to know when they started making "high headroom" versions. We have to have a minimum of 6'5" interior headroom for it to be workable. Do any of y'all know when they started doing this, or do any of y'all have an older bus that is high headroom such that you can say something like, "I know they did it in [year] because I have one from that year that's high headroom"?