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Old 05-12-2020, 04:44 PM   #1
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TC1000 vs TC2000

I'm wondering if any of the forum keepers of knowledge, or any of the TC1000 or TC2000 owners out there could enlighten me on the differences between the two.

Anecdotally it seems the TC1000s often have shorter wheelbases and are shorter in overall length 8-10 window. But then I think I've seen some TC2000s in that length as well (maybe I'm mistaken). The 1000s seem much more rare than the 2000s.

What are the primary or usual differences between the two models? Did they serve different markets/purposes? Have different drivetrain options?

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Old 05-22-2020, 05:36 PM   #2
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Still hoping this question might get some answers
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:56 PM   #3
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My knowledge is limited on these models, but you might try these Google searches I did...


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Old 06-18-2020, 11:45 AM   #4
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I am finding that the brake rotors for the TC1000 are very difficult to find replacements for. TC2000 are readily available.
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Old 05-18-2021, 11:25 AM   #5
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The TC/1000 was a variant of the TC/2000 FE intended primarily for buyers who transported special-needs students. The vehicle was designed with a completely flat interior floor (to match the wheelchair capacity of a much larger bus). Shortened to a 132-inch wheelbase, the front-engine TC/1000 shares a nearly identical chassis configuration as the larger TC/2000.*To eliminate wheel intrusion into the interior, the bus chassis used lower-profile 19.5-inch wheels. After 1998, Blue Bird revised the body of the TC/1000, squaring off the corners of the roofline.

The TC/1000 was not a large success, competing against less-expensive school buses derived from van chassis; the model line was phased out after 1999 production. While Blue Bird has not produced a successor model line, the squared-off roofline returned in the design of the 2010-2013 All American.
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Old 05-18-2021, 11:49 AM   #6
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Blue Bird simply started offering flat floor variants of the TC2000/All American after the TC1000 was discontinuted.
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