This is a picture of BLUE. BLUE is a 1971 Bluebird that was originally a Arizona State University basketball team bus that 5 guys originally converted into a hunting bus in Phoenix to take them to the White Mountains on their hunting excursions. We bought this faithful companion in 1991, while living in Sedona where I was working as a Pastry Chef. We took the bunks out, redesigned the interior to fit our needs and have been living in Blue since. Blue has been as far east as Indiana, as far north as Jasper in Canada, as far south as Tijuana, and criss crossed mainly the Western United States with semi permanent stops in Whitefish MT., Breckenridge CO., Park City UT., Lakeshore CA., St. George UT., Quartzite AZ., and presently located in Prescott AZ. as I continue my Career as a Chef. BLUE is 30 ft. long, powered by a front gas 391 Ford big block hooked to a 6 speed Allison automatic Transmission. The thing will climb a tree, awesome clearance, but has a limited high end speed. Gets 6 miles per gallon...Ka Ching$$!!
Introducing JIM C. JIM C is our newest endeavor. JIM C is a 1958 GMC PD 4104 (hence JIM C). JIM C is 35 ft in length, powered by a Detroit Diesel inline 6-71 two stroke power house hooked to the old 4 speed spice tranny. JIM C is a work in progress. Rebuilt motor, new brakes, fuel lines, wheel bearings, reskined, painted, insulated & ready for the interior. Time, money, (and more money) and commitment is the key to this project and is possibly a topic for another post in THE BUS STOP. He rides on a air suspension system that can be used to level out the rig on uneven terrain, power steering, a great ride and gets 10 miles per gallon if I take the lead out of my shoes. The 4104 was the 1st Air conditioned bus on the American highways and was developed around the same time as our Freeway Systems. It is constructed of mostly aluminum, put together in the same process as a commercial jet liner with cold rivets, etc. They don't build em like this anymore.
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