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Old 01-25-2012
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I'm 4 miles from Henry Ford .... don't make me have to go there...... I'm layed off and can't afford the daily entrance fee.But I have been trying to get info. Give me some time and I will try to get info... THANKS.... Jeff
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I thought there was another thread just recently about it being in the Henry Ford Museum (?)
I believe he is referring to Wanderlodge #1 as shown in the photo's in this thread. Previously owned by John Bleakley, it hasn't been seen (to my knowledge) since Mr. Bleakley closed his dealerships.
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I believe he is referring to Wanderlodge #1 as shown in the photo's in this thread. Previously owned by John Bleakley, it hasn't been seen (to my knowledge) since Mr. Bleakley closed his dealerships.

Here are a a couple of photos to compare them, it isn't difficult to see which one is the Wanderlodge


BLUE BIRD #1



WANDERLODGE #1


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Sorry - brain frt - is BB school bus (not Wanderlodge) at Henry Ford.
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Blue Bird #1 is an FC!
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Am I seeing right- is that a satellite dish and modern roof ac's on top of Wanderlodge #1?
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Am I seeing right- is that a satellite dish and modern roof ac's on top of Wanderlodge #1?
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Hi Jason,

I believe you’re right about the air conditioners.

Pictures of other very early wanderlodges show roof vents where those air conditioners are. I think Wanderlodge #1 would have originally had an air conditioner mounted in the rear cap above the rear window and one mounted in the wall just to the right of the entrance door.

I’m also pretty sure that the roof-top condenser shown on Wanderlodge #1 is not original equipment either – I think those came along a few years later.

The TV antenna doesn’t look original either. I think the very early Wanderlodge TV antennas looked more like they belonged on a house – sort of a big double flying “V”.
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Default Updates to Wanderlodge #1

It is interesting that they would have updated it. I'm sure you guys have discussed this before, but was Wanderlodge #1 kept as a show piece from the start or was it later found and restored? I'm interested as to why they would have felt a need to update it. It would be interesting to hear stories from some of the Blue Bird guys as to their experiences with Wanderlodge #1- finding it, restoring it, doing the updates, driving it, etc.
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When I was at Ed Wimberlys' in Nov, Tommy Roundtree, Ed and I went to the BB factory. Come to find out, Ed worked for BB for a few years and told us many stories about same. Ed- tell us about #1
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