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Old 08-05-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Location: Pasadena, CA
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Year: 1985
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Engine: CAT with Allison Trans
1985 Blue Bird For Sale Fully Converted

We have a 1985 fully converted 40' Blue Bird All American for sale in Pasadena, CA. Asking $35,000.

Our family of 5 purchased this bus in February 2014 for $25,000 for a yearlong road trip documentary interviewing kid change-makers in all 50 states who are changing the world ( Over the past 6 months we completed $15,000 in repairs and upgrades through the certified Blue Bird Service Center A-Z Bus Sales in Colton, CA. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure full funding for the project. We are now selling the bus in order to complete the project with a Toyota mini-van and small pop-up. Though our initial plan for crisscrossing America in this beautiful skoolie did not come to fruition, we are committed to completing the project in tighter quarters pending the sale of this bus.
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  • VIN: 1BAB1BMA8FF071032 (clean record)
    Current CA registration as an RV
    180K odometer reading
    Automatic Allison Transmission
    CAT Diesel engine
    Air Brakes
    40 feet long Blue Bird All American/All Canadian

  • CAT 3208 drivetrain
    Allison Automatic Transmission
    Rebuilt engine and transmission in 2013
    Dual 40 gallon diesel tanks

  • Sleeps 8 (1 queen, 4 bunks, 1 full futon)
    Rear queen bed with mattress and storage underneath
    4 small 5' bunks with 4" custom Serta memory foam pads and 4" high density foam base
    Full-sized futon with new blue chenille cover in living/dining area

  • HUGE 5'x8' bathroom
    Large shower with marbled plexiglass door
    Dometic SeaLand Gravity Discharge Toilet
    Sink with storage
    2 vanity storage spaces
    18"deep x 24" wide x 72" tall closet
    12"deep x 12" wide x 72" tall closet

  • 2-Door Dometic absorption propane/electric refrigerator
    4 burner Suburban propane stove
    Double stainless sinks
    Over-stove lighting
    Over-stove storage shelf
    Over-fridge storage shelf
    2'x2' cutting table with 2 sliding drawers and 2-door cabinets
    Suburban Direct Vent gas water heater

  • U-shaped dining nook with custom seat and back cushions
    Storage under two ends of dining seating (12"x16"x17 and 12"x31"x21")
    Custom folding dining table for 3-4 folded or 6+ unfolded
    Full-Sized Futon with new cover
    Under futon storage is 13"x25"x65"

  • Captain's chair with Sharper Image Massage Cushion
    Kenwood Satellite Radio Interface Box with CD/AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth and 1/8" Inputs and removable faceplate
    Driver's fan
    Rolling cloth shades

  • Two tone brown/tan marine paint finish
    Kipor KDE 5000E Diesel Generator powered by bus fuel line
    4-bank house batteries
    4-bank bus batteries
    60 pound propane tank
    40 gallon fresh water tank
    40 gallon grey water tank
    40 gallon black water tank
    50 amp service input with 30 amp adapter
    100' power cord in for residential charging
    Four exterior 125V power outlets
    Rear 3'x3'x8' storage compartment

  • Xantrex Freedom 458 Series Inverter/Charger
    Xantrex Link 1000 Battery Monitor
    Two Carrier AirV Roof-Mount Heat Pump/AC units (living room/bedroom)
    Camco RV Catalytic Safety Heater in living room
    Wired sound system and speakers throughout entire bus
    Two flatscreen TV wall-mounts
    One 24" flatscreen TV
    Cloth Venetian Blinds in Dining/Living and Bedroom areas
    Plastic Venetian Blinds in bathroom, hallway and side cockpit

RECENT REPAIRS/UPGRADES (All work completed by A-Z Bus Sales, certified Blue Bird Service Center of California within the last 6 months/500 miles)
  • Replaced front and rear leaf springs
    New bushings/gaskets
    New hydraulic fan motor and blades
    New rear tire
    New radiator
    New air brake hoses
    New hydraulic pump
    New hydraulic oil cooler
    New water pump
    Repaired multiple oil and coolant leaks
    Repaired/replaced electrical in dash (lights, transmission fluid gauge, back-up lights)
    New power steering belts (2)
    Fresh oil change & lube within last 200 miles
    Transmission serviced
    Pressure Washed Engine
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird For Sale Fully Converted

Asking price?
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird For Sale Fully Converted

We completed $15,000 in repairs and upgrades
At a guess I would say they are going to be asking $20K -$25K. Over time they will end up dropping the price as they find that no one want to pay that much for a converted schoolbus.
This post is my opinion. It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:09 PM   #4
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird For Sale Fully Converted

Originally Posted by The Kents
Asking price?
The Kents, our asking price is $35,000. Paid $25,000 in February and completed $15,000 in upgrades. We've seen a lot of half-finished and poorly designed/outfitted skoolies asking for less, as lornaschinske alluded to. This is a home.
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