2000 BlueBird Rare Midsize – Partial Conversion

Back of Bus

looking towards the front of the bus

Current height to ceiling frame out

Tires still in decent condition with tread

Tread Depth
by Ann Dudley
Published: February 19, 2024 (2 months ago)

This bus is ideal for someone who has a vision of what they want their final build to look like, but would like a head start! It’s a great blank slate for final design and build out. The dirty work and demo has already been done.

The best place to see step by step of what we have done so far is in our highlights on instagram: Bus_Tails

2000 Chevrolet Blue Bird School Bus

  • ~110,000 miles on odometer
  • 28 feet long nose to tail


  • Caterpillar 3126
  • Displacement: 7.2L
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Fuel type: Diesel


  • Allison AT545
  • Automatic


  • Axles: Single
  • Suspension: Spring
  • Brakes: Hydraulic
  • GVWR: 27,060 lbs


  • Size: 10R22.5

Work Already Done:

  • Original bus seats removed
  • Original bus windows removed
  • Original bus floor removed
  • Sub floor framed and installed with insulation and paneling. Ready for final flooring choice to be applied.
  • Wheel wells are also framed out and insulated and ready for final flooring to be applied.
  • Original bus windows removed
  • RV Windows installed
  • Bus roof fire escapes removed- Installed skylights
  • All decals and stickers removed from outside of bus
  • Bus sanded, primed and painted
  • Original wall panels and ceiling panels removed
  • Spray foam insulation on the inside sides- amateur job
  • Wall panels put up
  • Ceiling framed out and ready for insulation of choice and ceiling panels of choice  


Costs Put in:


  • We did all the work ourselves except for when we contracted someone out to do electrical install. To clarify- We hired them for electrical for solar, battery bank, and interior needs- they did not touch any existing bus electrical.
  • We did not like the work they did and pulled our bus from them. We have taken this as a financial loss and have not included it in our pricing for the sale of the bus.
  • We have since removed most of the work they did. There is some wiring left in the bus from their work that can be pulled out and replaced. I recommend getting a licensed electrician experienced in bus builds to install and finish any electrical you want if you are not 100% comfortable doing it yourself.
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