1997 Bluebird International Partial Conversion

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by Karley Hardin
Published: March 2, 2023 (12 months ago)
$30,000
Model
International
Year
1997
VIN Number
1HVBBAAL4 VH488423
Mileage
154247
Transmission
Size

Lil’ Sebastian
Mostly Converted 1997 Blue Bird International Short Bus
Asking $30,000

It has new tires, a new bumper extension for tons of storage with a ramp and capable of hauling a motorcycle, off grid solar set up, new dometic duel zone chest fridge/freezer, vintage 3burner range, custom cabinetry, all drawers are either locking or are friction (requiring no extra steps to get in “driving mode”), Queen sized bed- super comfortable mattress, led lit down the full length of the interior, compostable toilet, skylight, charging stations installed in bedroom living and driving areas, shore power capable, dinette seating is also a pull out pantry, governor has been turned off, cruise control has been restored. Custom curtains and window covers for windows. “Garage” area under the queen bed. Couch pulls out into a second bed.
Fits in 2 parking spots – I’m longer than one parking spot but not wider.

SOLAR SYSTEM
2 Renogy 200W Panels
2 Renogy 100W Panels
Renogy 60A MPPT Charge Controller
Renogy 3000w Pure Sine Inverter/Charger
15A Shore Power Inlet
Blue Sea Systems 12v Fuse Block
2 Ampere 200AH Batteries (LiFEPO4 Lithium Batteries)

COMMODITIES CURRENTLY INSTALLED

Driver Area:
12v Panel for charging phones/gps systems etc

Living Area:
Composting toilet with storage underneath the bathroom area
Couch that pulls out into a second bed. Hinges upward to get to all electrical components for solar system. 12v charging on the left side of couch for phones etc.
LED lighting strips on dimmer switch through the entire length of bus.
Dinette seats with pull out pantry storage.
80% finished kitchen. Stove/Oven mounted into countertop bracing. 2 Drawer cabinet for pots/pans and other kitchen necessities. Storage behind cabinet for the included 20 gallon water tank.
Custom made curtains and custom made window covers that help with insulating the bus.
Overhead storage above couch and kitchen area.
Emergency exit hatch removed and turned into skylight for natural light during the day.
Dometic CFX3 95L Fridge/Freezer with dual zones. Mounted onto a Dometic locking drawer slide stored in “garage” area underneath bed frame to stay out of the way.

Bedroom Area:
Very sturdy bed frame that fits a queen size mattress.
Maxxair 12v fan with automatic rain detection and remote control. Provides a significant breeze throughout the bus when the windows are down. Can either pull air into the bus or exhaust the air out. 10 speed levels.
Overhead storage for clothes. Headboard area shelf with hidden cubby. 12v charging on both sides.

Exterior:
Custom built bumper with dual 20lb propane tank storage. Comes with motorcycle ramp rated for 1400 pounds. Stores into bumper. Bumper also has 3 locking storage areas. Middle storage area is approximately 8 feet in length, other two areas are approximately 4 feet in length.

Bus Details:
1997 International 3800 Short Bus on Blue Bird body.
DT466e Diesel engine. Block warmer is installed. Starts up every single time, even in extreme cold weather. ( we have started it in as low as 10 degrees without the block heater)
Engine has 155,000 miles. Oil was changed at 150,000 miles. Oil has a life of 20,000 miles. Oil was changed right before thanksgiving 2022. Coolant and coolant filters were also changed. As well as water/fuel filters.
BRAND NEW TIRES. Tires were also replaced right before thanksgiving 2022. Have about 3000 miles on them. They are Firestone commercial fleet tires that are rated for highway use. Bus is super smooth at its max speed of 65MPH.
Allison 4 speed automatic transmission. Cruise control unlocked.
All of the windows are tinted for privacy from the outside.
There is rust on this bus. Every shop I’ve brought it too hasn’t been worried about the levels of the rust. But it is present.

We bought the bus in Columbus Ohio, it was partially renovated when we purchased it. We drove it from Columbus Ohio all the way to Boise, ID. We have driven it from Boise, ID to Pasadena California for vacations and drove it back to Boise. Then we drove it from Boise, ID to Lubbock, TX. This bus has never let us down and the engine still has a ton of life left in it. Everywhere you read on the internet says these International engines will last longer than the frame its sitting on. The only part we’ve needed to replace is a purge valve that was stuck open letting out the air that was supposed to go into the air tank. Fix was about 90 bucks and is apparently super common to replace and is generally recommended you replace it every year if you live in a humid environment. This part was fixed in about 30 minutes by a mobile diesel mechanic with basic hand tools.

THINGS THAT NEED TO BE FINISHED:
Install the included water tank. You will need a 12v pump (about 100 bucks + misc. plumbing) for the kitchen sink. Install gravity fill inlet on outside of bus. (50 bucks).
Install the included IKEA kitchen countertop that is still brand new in the box.
Run propane line to stove from the back of the bus. Stove is in working order was tested with a 20lb tank. Has standard 3/8 propane fitting that you can purchase at any plumbing store.
Finish ceiling and other beautification projects. Ceiling is covered in pallet wood that was free. We just ran out of pallets before we moved to Texas.
Install a dinette table. Dinette table arm will cost about 150 bucks.
General beautification. Overhead storage needs cabinet doors installed (we have bought most of these already, just need to be trimmed down and painted all the same color before installation).

Truth is we have ran out of funds and we want to buy our first house. We lived in the bus full time for 7 months. It wont take much more to finish. And it still allows for your own style to be put on top of the construction that is done for you. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call or text at the number below.

Justin – 208-440-0386

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