Hello Skoolie Fam !
It is with a heavy heart that I have to disengage from project ElkoSkoolie and sell our 2001 BB 40 Foot Transit Style Bus. I had started a thread 2 years ago when we started our project and purchased the bus, unfortunately life events are forcing us to immediately move...
While perhaps sentimental, I'd prefer to sell it to a member here, knowing it's going to a good home. It was a heck of a good find when we bought it 2 1/2 years ago.
The TLDR; is that we're selling this Bus for $5000 firm. The details are as follows:
ē Bus is a 2001 BlueBird 84 Passenger Bus, with storage compartments and a 90 Gallon Fuel Tank, with a Cummins ISB 5.9 Engine
ē Bus is equipped with the Allison 2100/2200 Transmission, 5 speed, with gearing that supports up to 75 MPH (you could go faster, but RPMs would significantly reduce your MPG)
o Verified that, we drove at 70MPH turning around 2250 RPM on flat roads. Bus was still pulling hard at that speed, but didnít feel like stressing it or driving it any faster than necessary
ē When driven at a more reasonable 65MPH, I observed 10 miles/gallon, which is again likely due to the OD transmission and gearing
ē Bus was fully serviced at Rocket City (AJ is awesome) in Alabama, prior to being driven to my friendís farm
o Service guy was super cool, he compíd me the transmission code clearing and we drove for 2 hours while he was plugged into the computer to verify it was all good, he was a Skoolie guy, in addition to owning the shop.
o The transmission does NOT like having itís battery voltage low (Allison 2000 series, 2200 I believe)Ė to that end, we purchased a solar trickle charger, and just installed a brand new battery. Old battery was 1000CCA, new battery I think is 1200 or 1400 CCA
ē All gauges functional
ē The mechanic at the school district (Brian Stoval, Limestone County School District) stated that while the ODO was replaced (apparently known to have a high failure rate, the speedo package), they believe the mileage is accurate at 133,743 from when I bought it. I put 250 miles on it since, and as mentioned had the full service done
ē Bus VIN can be verified on BlueBirdís website: 1BAAKCPA61F099656 (https://en.vindecoder.pl/1BAAKCPA61F099656
ē Pictures are available here:
I started and ran the engine for 30 minutes 4 weeks ago , after I replaced the solar trickle charger and put a new battery in.
I did discover that the alarm for one of the sunroofs (the toggle I believe) is stuck open, so it will buzz (loudly). In researching, I could just disable the buzzer or take a voltmeter and figure out which of the 2 is the culprit and either fix ($20 plastic piece) or simply crimp the wires together. Too busy trying to move, so Iíll pass that on to whomever buys it.
Aside from that, it will need tires soon on the rears. According to Brian @ Lime County, he figured safely it had 5000 miles left, so with my mileage I put on there, should be good for transporting reasonably within the U.S. or Canada (No Alaska Trips, youíre on your own there, LOL)
The driverís seat bounces too much, the latch that locks it in needs to be fixed, but is otherwise functional and is air ride, as are the brakes. No issues airing up, fast idle works. We disabled the heater and shut the coolant valve to the rear heater at the school when purchased (Brian did that for us). It currently has about 1/3 of a tank of Diesel from the T/A at the GA border.
Since the seats have been removed, itís essentially a blank canvas on a very sound platform thatís ready for whatever. No broken glass on the vehicle, all parts functional and working. Itís parked at a farm in Ranger GA, so driving it away would be a matter of turning left and hitting I-75. Itís about 14 miles from the highway, nearest gas station is about 4 miles that has diesel that Iíd trust.
Title is clear, no restrictions. We will be sad to see it go.
PM me if you want or need additional details, or would like to call to discuss. In terms of payment, we can do either PayPal or a Cashier's Check.