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Title: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on July 24, 2010, 08:32:06 PM
ok, ok Im wondering if anyone knows anything about the blue bird bus from 1966! We are not finding much information and no pics of the one we have (flat nose) on the internet...you can find anything on the internet--but this bus!!!  Ifanyone knows how to red the VIN numbers please let me know. I have i figured out that it is not like reading the VIN on my 69mustang or a regular vehicle. Just trying to decide if we have a rarely made bus or a dud!  We love it and are going to keep it no matter what but just wondering. I am trying to fig out how to post pics of it since all my pics are jpg and ya cant post jpg files.....thanks again
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Ron from Big D on July 24, 2010, 08:42:35 PM
I am an owner of a 92 Wanderlodge and the moderator on the Wanderlodge Forum at Yahoo.  What specifically are you confused about with the VIN number?  I'd like to see a photo of your Bird.  I have a pretty good mental picture of what your rig looks like.  Love to see the old girls still running and serving their owners. Yes, you can post a JPEG image on the forum as long as you are a member.  There is also a thread on Members Rigs Photos.

Contact me via email.

Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on July 25, 2010, 02:42:38 AM
I guess my question was or is if we got something other than a 1966. If it isnt a blue bird then they sure took a lot of time painting blue birds on it and things--haha!!! im just really wondering if its truly a 66...ok gonna try the pic thing again...sorry its so early/late we had a call at 0215 (when i was trying to sleep) I get to pick up my bus tomorrow  ;D!!!! what where those people thinking-just rude--hahaha now i can not go back to sleep... :-\
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on July 25, 2010, 02:51:05 AM
go figure aybe i have to be exhausted to get thngs to work correctly! haha here are more...
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: 34footer on July 25, 2010, 06:24:15 AM
I love your B'Bird. Can you post more pics? Side and rear views? After you get some sleep of course!
J
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Ron from Big D on July 25, 2010, 03:22:25 PM
It is definitely that vintage but could possibly a conversion from an early school bus.   There should be a body number on it somewhere.  Later models have the body number on the frame at the rear for a pusher.  Not sure where it is located on the forward control models.  The body number starts with a F and then 4 or 5 digits.

I can tell a little more about it with more images of the exterior.

Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on August 01, 2010, 06:44:10 PM
Here is another picture.
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Ron from Big D on August 01, 2010, 08:28:15 PM
The early motorhomes of the 60's by Bluebird were gas powered forward control rigs.  This is a pusher and has to be a bus conversion of some sort.  Not even sure that Bluebird made a pusher of any kind during the 60's.  I suggest you contact the Bluebird Bus Company and ask further.

Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on August 07, 2010, 11:17:17 AM
Any One have a guess as to what this bus is worth? I dont want to sink my money into something I may never get it back on....I'll be posting more inside pics later..Today will be our first official work day! haha
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on August 07, 2010, 12:50:14 PM
OK up date! we have power, water, and AC and all the outlets work!!!! Considering we are in florida and its about 98 degrees outside now it is a total blessing!!!!!! We are questionable on the wiring so it may get replaced! We think (we are both good at installing steroes and my late uncle was a master electrician) that stereo wiring was used for lights--not sure if that is safe--any answers? Plus there is no wiring for a TV!!! haha we are getting rid of the generator and going with an invertor--so if anyone is looking for a generator let me know..Thanks to all for the postings-I have been reding the library and other posts like mad! I hope that I can help someone else someday!
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: 34footer on August 07, 2010, 01:57:13 PM
Any One have a guess as to what this bus is worth? I dont want to sink my money into something I may never get it back on....I'll be posting more inside pics later..Today will be our first official work day! haha
Don't expect to get make money or get all of your money back on any conv. or manufactured RV. This is more of a hobby.
J
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: carson on August 07, 2010, 02:40:00 PM
Anytime you buy anything of value, unless you paid nothing for it, depreciation sets in.

   So depending on your deal, forget about owning anything for free, never mind making a profit.

  I just don't understand.....

Carson
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: flmedic4 on August 07, 2010, 04:53:38 PM
We paid $1500 and luckily we love it. We can actually take it right now and camp in it but we want to get rid of the 80s motiff (I grew up in the 80's so I can totally say that! haha) and the generator for an invertor...Guess we didnt get a good of a deal as we were thinking.....
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Ned on August 07, 2010, 07:44:16 PM
Replacing the generator with an inverter will certainly make it less desirable to a potential buyer.  An inverter is not a replacement for a generator.
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: utahclaimjumper on August 07, 2010, 09:16:53 PM
He sure seems to think so,,,Hope he gets an education.>>>Dan
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: 34footer on August 07, 2010, 10:25:55 PM
We paid $1500 and luckily we love it. We can actually take it right now and camp in it but we want to get rid of the 80s motiff (I grew up in the 80's so I can totally say that! haha) and the generator for an invertor...Guess we didnt get a good of a deal as we were thinking.....
Right now is when you can make money. Put it on EBAY, should bring 5g or more. Be sure to set a reserve price.
J
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: utahclaimjumper on August 08, 2010, 08:10:14 AM
If the generator is in working condition its probably worth more than the bus.  I just sold my GMC 4106 that I owned for 14 years and converted during that time, so I lived in that world and still frequent the conversion boards.  You need to do more searching on the many conversion boards and get an education.>>>Dan
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Isolation Ride on August 30, 2011, 04:36:49 PM
I have a 1966 Bluebird. Its very hard to find anything on the net about this year of bus. However mine looks nowhere near that photo. I,ll try to get a photo up and see if I can send ya links I have found on the 66. I have some organizing to do but will send a.s.a.p
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: 34footer on August 30, 2011, 04:51:50 PM
I have a 1966 Bluebird. Its very hard to find anything on the net about this year of bus. However mine looks nowhere near that photo. I,ll try to get a photo up and see if I can send ya links I have found on the 66. I have some organizing to do but will send a.s.a.p
It's blue, but I don't think it's a 'Bird. Must be a '66 Chevy, has the Bowtie. I'm a youngster, so maybe there were some "Birds like that back in the day.
J
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Bob Maxwell on August 30, 2011, 08:13:36 PM
Somebody could have repainted it from George Luce's final product with the black stripe and bird over the door and driver's windows. I worked for BB the summer of '61. Most state laws require all used school buses be painted another color before they can be titled and run on public streets and highways, no exceptions. I expect that this is what happened. The school districts had their choice of chassis so as not to miss any sale because of the different loyalties.
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: 34footer on August 30, 2011, 10:39:48 PM
Somebody could have repainted it from George Luce's final product with the black stripe and bird over the door and driver's windows. I worked for BB the summer of '61. Most state laws require all used school buses be painted another color before they can be titled and run on public streets and highways, no exceptions. I expect that this is what happened. The school districts had their choice of chassis so as not to miss any sale because of the different loyalties.
So they did make 'Birds on the Chevy chassis? What chassis were the FC's made on?
J
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: M1894 on August 31, 2011, 07:12:21 AM
The FC's are built on the Bluebird All  American chassis. The OP's Bird looks to be one of the older short route Trailways busses that were used years ago. I know that the Little Rock AR Central Arkansas Transit used some Bluebird pushers years ago, as I almost bought one that they had for auction, and that was almost 20 years ago.
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: topdownman on August 31, 2011, 07:30:07 AM
Here's a 63 Wanderlodge.  Looks much the same.

Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Isolation Ride on June 07, 2012, 06:54:51 PM
Its definetly a blue bird. I have all the original tags etc on it. The emergency exit is actually on the drivers side in the back left which I find odd. It was built in Brantford Ontario. I just can,t for the life of me find another on the net or ANY information on it. gets frustrating...lol.
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Ledwyn329 on June 07, 2012, 08:38:02 PM
For anyone still looking at this old thread and wondering about some info on Bluebird RV's try....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Bird_Wanderlodge
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Bob Maxwell on June 07, 2012, 08:44:55 PM
It may have been sold by a dealer in Ontario and have, but I don't know of a single BB of any kind made by the Luce's outside of the plant in Ft. Valley. They shipped their bus to North and South America and I seem to remember that a few went to mission stations with schools in Africa, the Middle East, and perhaps SE Asia. George Sr and his sons were also very supportive of Christian missionary work and the Indian Springs Camp Meeting. They were very active Methodists. I remember putting the roof on a small one that sat has 3 rows for a mission in Peru.
   
Title: Re: 1966 Blue bird
Post by: Isolation Ride on February 16, 2014, 01:25:12 AM
I know this one is for sure.