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Old 04-17-2022, 04:18 PM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 42
Year: 1988
Coachwork: GMC
CLASSIC BUS FOR SALE: 1988 GMC Bluebird Full Conversion

For sale is my beloved 1988 GMC Bluebird School Bus Conversion. This is a custom built, one-of-a-kind classic style bus with the old school dognose design. I spent my quarantine time doing a full restoration of the exterior & building out the interior from start to finish. So many things to tell you about it!

I started dreaming of this project back in June of 2019 and completed it in January of 2022. Iíve poured countless hours of hard work and TLC into this thing to make it my dream skoolie. It has a custom ceiling mural painted in the living area and another custom ceiling mural in the back room, which I used as a drum studio/recording studio, and it is currently still set up that way. I actually spent about $1,200+ soundproofing it and it worked great! Recently Iíve settled into a living situation Iím happy with, and the desire to travel has left me. So Iím hoping to sell to the right person who will treat it right and get lots and lots of good years and memories out of it. You could use it as an RV/Camper for trips across the country, or you could even full-time in it! It would be SUPER ideal for a musician/artist, though, as the back room is set up for a studio space.

-1988 GMC w 8.2L Detroit Diesel Engine
and Allison Transmission
-Hydraulic Brakes
-Bluebird Body
-All six tires were replaced two years ago and the tread is like new
-Odometer shows approximately 150,000 miles
-Approximately 30ft long and 9 ft high
-6í1Ē clearance on the interior ceiling
-Hits about 75mph on the highway!

Hereís a helpful list of all the mechanical work Iíve had done on it since Iíve had it:
-New 500A alternator
-New Serpentine Belts
-New dual starter batteries replaced within the last year
-New master cylinder, brake hoses & lines
-New L front brake caliper
-1500w coolant heater added for easy cold starts in the wintertime (works great!)
-Recent Oil Change, coolant & brake fluid flushed and changed

The basics:
-Multiple locking systems to keep you and your belongings safe
-Custom curtains on all windows w/ two bug screens included for the back windows
-All new exterior bulbs
- Super cozy captainís chair w/ driver seatbelt
- Custom Kenwood USB/Bluetooth radio with 4 awesome sounding Kicker speakers
- R-15 insulation in the ceiling and walls, R-5 insulation in the floors
- Working electrical outlets all throughout the bus wired to 2 separate switches that turn each side on/off so you can conserve power when you need to
-Dual 40 gallon freshwater tanks plumbed together (80 gallons total!!) You can boondock for WEEKS in some really cool, really remote areas with that amount of water
-32 Gallon gray water tank (sink water)
-40 gallon Black water tank (toilet +shower water)
*ALL tanks are fully equipped with tank sensors AND heating pads, the pipes are also insulated and equipped with heat tape
-30A shore power inlet
-4500 SW/ 3500 RW Dual Fuel Champion generator (runs on propane or gasoline)

*The generator can be used to either charge the batteries, or can be used to power some smaller appliances directly using the pass-thru mode on the inverter.*

Battery Bank:
- NEW 450AH Trojan T-105 battery bank wired in series and parallel for 450AH at 12V (A2 date codes meaning they were manufactured in January of 2022)
-Fully wired/labeled breaker box
-AIMS 3000w power inverter
-12v appliance block wired and labeled
-60A Victron Solar Charge Controller
-Fully equipped with a battery monitor to keep an eye on your battery health
-Comes with ALL service manuals for all appliances

Comes equipped with EVERYTHING you need to pack up and hit the road.
-Cozy 3 person bench seat couch
-Folding Murphy bed
-Single Basin Sink w/ hot water
-Dual burner Cusimax electric cooktop
-1,000w microwave
-Chefman oven/air fryer
-Camplux 6 gallon hot water heater
-Mini Split/Heat pump air conditioning unit with custom fabricated mount
-3 way NORCOLD RV fridge/freezer combo (currently hooked up to the electrical system but could be hooked up to propane)
-Food pantry and lots of extra storage compartments
-Full shower/toilet combo bathroom
-Dual filter water filtration system
-Soundproof & ventilated artistís studio in the back room
-Dual trailer hitch
-Custom built, soundproofed generator box with weatherproof cover, extra storage, and propane tank included (will need to be upgraded at some point.)
-Oh, and 800w of solar with custom wind guards up top

The right pane of the windshield is cracked, as you can see in the photos. I got an estimate once for $500 to replace the glass. The only other potential issue I can think of is the generator box will need to be replaced someday. Itís is currently supported by ratchet straps because it sags a bit.

All in all, itís not perfect and it has some quirks, but it really is a one-of-a-kind build. You just wonít find a cozier bus. Comes fully equipped for you to get out there and live your dream in it. It gets tons of love and admiration wherever it goes.

Priced to sell at $29k. Open to reasonable offers! I want to be clear that I wonít be making money on this thing at all. Iíve got at least double what Iím asking into it and 2+ years of hard work and time. It really is my dream skoolie, and I wish I could hang on to it but life has shown me a different path. You just wonít find a cozier/ cooler bus.

Comes with original title and a bill of sale as well. Currently registered as a motorhome with an active VT license plate & registration. Delivery available for serious buyers. Contact me with any inquiries or questions and Iíll get back to you ASAP. If itís posted, itís available. I wonít respond to ďis it available?ĒThanks for checking it out!

Exterior Walkaround:
Interior Walkaround:
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Old 04-17-2022, 04:44 PM   #2
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Location: Swansboro,NC
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Year: 86
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Ford B700
Engine: 8.2
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the work looks ok.
there are alot of allison trannies out there?
which one?
knowing your area and what you posted.
not trying to detract from you selling but is your 8.2 naturally aspirated or turboed?
i kind of know these motors and trannies.
not interested in purchase but that specific info will help.
8.2 which one
allison tranny? which one?
what rear end gears?
i know NC buses and i have two that are very different vehicles.
not trying to be a butt head.
what exact;ly do you have?
the 8.2 is not for a newbie regardless of what stage its in motor wise.
an opinion
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