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Old 05-31-2017, 08:40 PM   #61
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What would the interior height be?

I am looking at an auction for a 1996 International/Thomas mini Bus

Any idea what the interior ceiling height would be?

I am 6'1" and would rather standing room.

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Old 07-21-2017, 07:17 AM   #62
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Intetior height on International/Thomas short bus

Does someone know the interior ceiling height for this 98 International/Thomas 3600 bus is by chance?

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Old 07-21-2017, 01:28 PM   #63
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:18 PM   #64
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school bus vs transit

so 2.5 per window for a school bus makes sense is there a simple formula for transit buses? I'm trying to figure out with a family of 5 which would have more room.
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so 2.5 per window for a school bus makes sense is there a simple formula for transit buses? I'm trying to figure out with a family of 5 which would have more room.
At least for Blue Bird, you can find out the exact length for anything newer than about '94ish. Before that records are sketchy.

Just enter the VIN # here:

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The four-figure number under "Length" is, I believe, feet and inches.

Later they changed the code to "6600" or "7700" and I haven't decoded that yet.

BB also have a chart for decoding the VIN #. That gives the length too. Take off maybe 3' for transit and 5' for conventional and you roughly have the distance from the back of the driver area to the rear of the bus.
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:57 PM   #66
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Does someone know the interior ceiling height for this 98 International/Thomas 3600 bus is by chance?

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what would give me more room school bus or transit?
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:06 PM   #68
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what would give me more room school bus or transit?
Either.

They both come with low and high ceiling variants.
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I've a transit-style school bus. 78" interior height.
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:26 PM   #70
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I don't think that site ever provides interior height or other dimensions, better for engine info.

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Ir DOES provide interior height.
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I don't think that site ever provides interior height or other dimensions, better for engine info.

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It provides bus length for most Blue Birds, because it is coded into the VIN #
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:23 PM   #73
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It provides bus length for most Blue Birds, because it is coded into the VIN #
Good point on the length. Is there a way to determine interior height from the VIN though? That's what i was looking for when I had initially posted, would be awesome if there was but I haven't found a way yet.

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Old 10-24-2017, 10:45 PM   #74
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Good point on the length. Is there a way to determine interior height from the VIN though? That's what i was looking for when I had initially posted, would be awesome if there was but I haven't found a way yet.

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Not for Blue Birds, but the BB site sometimes lists it. VIN # codes interior height in Thomas Built.
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Any buses under 30' feet that are 78" inches tall?

I'm looking for a bus under 30' with at least 20' of usable space that is 78" tall. Does this exist? My husband is 6'4.5" so it's a must and we don't want to have to raise the roof.

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I'm looking for a bus under 30' with at least 20' of usable space that is 78" tall. Does this exist? My husband is 6'4.5" so it's a must and we don't want to have to raise the roof.

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This does exist. Our bus is 30ft bumper to bumper, and our ceiling is 78inches tall. We have a 9 window carpenter on a 1998 International 3800 chassis with a DT466e and, as of tomorrow, will have a MT643 transmission... We both can jump inside the bus and not hit our heads...it's wonderful. Granted, we are both under 5'10"....

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This does exist. Our bus is 30ft bumper to bumper, and our ceiling is 78inches tall. We have a 9 window carpenter on a 1998 International 3800 chassis with a DT466e and, as of tomorrow, will have a MT643 transmission... We both can jump inside the bus and not hit our heads...it's wonderful. Granted, we are both under 5'10"....

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Amazing! Thank you so much John & Beeks! How wide and long is the usable space inside? Also, why the new transmission, should I be aware of something with it? Anything else I should know about this bus?

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Inside useable space is about 7'5" wide. Our AT545 transmission crapped out after 2 years of mountain driving and towing....

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Inside useable space is about 7'5" wide. Our AT545 transmission crapped out after 2 years of mountain driving and towing....

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If you can, avoid the AT545 if you will do any extensive interstate driving. It just isn't designed for it...

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thanks! How about the length from behind driver to the back of the bus?
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