Originally Posted by richard
I'm looking to buy a Bluebird A3FE (2001 - 2009) with utility storage boxes on each side and a wheelchair lift (rear passenger side door) in the back for the bike and garage.
This combination seems hard to locate, although I have seen pictures of them on the internet.
I'm thinking about just buying an A3FE with the storage boxes and cutting the rear side door for the wheelchair lift myself.
That would entail cutting into the bus body, reinforcing the door way with a metal frame and making and hinging a door out of the windows that I remove.
Has anyone done this?
Greetings! I've never heard of anyone on this forum who installed a wheelchair lift into a bus. There are lots and lots of them out there with lifts already installed; the more common scenario by far is "I just took out this lift; how much do you think I can get for it?"
Why are you planning to do this, rather than wait for the perfect bus to come along on life's merry-go-round? Why are you stuck on a Bluebird?
Also, one of the standard responses you will hear will be Don't buy any bus made after <insert year of manufacture here; usually 2004>. There's too much pollution control garbage on it that it too expensive to fix; also too damn many computers all over the engine and transmission.
I hope I haven't poured water on your ambitions. Stick around, say hey, tell us about what you want to do with the bus, and we might come up with some good ideas.
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?