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Old 10-23-2020, 05:54 PM   #1
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Can anyone give me some P30 Bluebird dimensions?

Hey all,
I just got a 1999 Bluebird Mini bird at auction and am going to pick it up Monday. Can anyone with one of these give me a couple of measurements so I can make sure it will clear the fenders on my trailer? I need the outside front tire measurements, and the distance from the lowest point on the body to the ground (I think it should be the door step). My trailer fenders are only 82 inches apart, and just under 10 inches high from the floor. I'm hoping the body will be higher than the fenders.... I am not sure it is going to work. Also, can anyone guess the wheelbase on this rig, and approximately what the curb weight is? It is 14k gvw, but I'm sure that is quite a bit more than the bus actually weighs. Thanks!!!
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Old 10-26-2020, 04:35 PM   #2
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Well I found out today what they were..... The front tires barely cleared between my trailer fenders which are 82 inches, so 82 inches front tire width. 86 inches to the outside of the duals. This is with 8R-19.5 tires. Wheelbase is 156 inches. Overall length is 287 inches bumper to bumper. Overall height is about 9 ft 6 inches give or take an inch or two (I had to guess from the ground). Overall width is 96 inches not counting mirrors. The clearance from the front and rear of the sides of the bus to the ground is around 18 inches. The bottom of the door to the ground is about 9.5 inches. We had to run the front tires up onto a couple of 2x6's to keep the bottom of the door from rubbing the fenderwell on the passenger side. The 1999 Bluebird mini bus, 18ft Leonard bumper pull trailer, and a 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 diesel extra cab, with two 200 pound guys and 3/4 tank of fuel was 19980 pounds at the truck scale beside the gas station. So I'm guessing around 9-10k for the bus. The truck would pull it no problem, but above 45-50 mph, the trailer started walking back and forth, so it was 45 mph tops for the 90 miles or so trip home. I would highly recommend a gooseneck trailer to keep the weight more over the rear axle to not pull the front of the truck up in the air, and possibly even a trailer with dual tandem axles (8 wheels total). Here's a pic for those who are curious. Hope this helps someone else in the future!!
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Old 10-26-2020, 04:59 PM   #3
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And after only a couple of hours with an impact driver and socket set, ALL of the seats are out. Only had to take a grinder to two of the seat bolts going through the floor. Now to decide if I'm going to repair the 5.7 that is in it, or do something different.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:52 PM   #4
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Poor trailer....


Looks like a clean bus. Depending on budget drop an LS in it.
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