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Old 08-24-2018
jdbrussels jdbrussels is offline
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Default 1970 FC 31 - Restoration - Gasser

Well I have finally gotten around to posting about my 70' FC 31. My wife and I purchased this back in 2016. It has undergone an extensive interior, exterior, and mechanical renovation. I have hundreds of pictures to share, of before and after.

Yes, this is an old gasser, and I intend to keep it this way. I went through extremes to keep this Bird as original as possible, to preserve the history and heritage of the original gas powered Birds. I will get a diesel Bird some day, but this one will be kept as a part of my collection!

The rebuilt Ford 391 Big Block runs like a scalded dog and Magnaflow exhaust rumbles like a 1970 Mustang, cruises at 55 MPH at 2500 RPM @ 7.5 MPG. Riding on new Goodyear G399 LHS tires and Alcoa 24.5'' aluminum rims. New 7,000 watt Onan Marquis Gold generator (400 hrs now), (2) new Dometic 13,500 BTU A/Cs, new everything with a vintage feel. Brakes and power steering have been completely rebuilt, hoses, wheel cylinders, pads, gaskets, seals, and fittings.

This bus was the "Jim Carey" bus http://jimcarey.us/70bluebird/

If anyone is wondering...the paint has held up incredibly well. The bus was repainted by the factory in the late 90s. It needs a few touch-ups, but is a real head-turner.

This forum has been an incredible resource, although I have utilized it mostly from a reader standpoint up until now. Thank you!

The attached pictures are of the Bus in its current state!
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Jared Brussels
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Old 08-24-2018
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Nice Coach. We're glad you have decided to post and share your coach.
Rick Shawver
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2000 LX
Vise Grips
Bellefonte, AR
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Old 08-24-2018
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I have always liked that bus
Crit Bliss
Cape Cod,ma
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Old 08-24-2018
tintent tintent is offline
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wow nice coach . introduce the dog
Mathew Dondero
Eliot, Maine
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Old 08-24-2018
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Nice bird! The dog looks like he's saying ' what are we waiting for? Lets go. Do I have to drive?'

Tom Wunder
Wilmington, NC
1979 FC31RB
A Thing From The Past. A Gift For The Future
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Old 08-24-2018
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Wow nice coach.
Steve and Vonda Ricketts
Azle, Texas
1983 FC35SB (SOLD)
2003 Jeep Rubicon.
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Old 08-24-2018
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Great that you decided to maintain its originality. At some point its just easier to replace and update. I am encouraged to see that some of these beautiful machines remain authentic and original. Nice Job!
Dave, Barb,& Dexter Ross
Rochester, MI
BIG Busta Bus
1997 WB43
1977 FC31 RB Sold

"The tallest guy with the shortest bus acquired a "BIG BUSTA"

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Old 09-12-2018
Keyne Keyne is offline
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Looks great. Would love to see more pictures. Looks like you painted the interior and added wood flooring?
Kevin Dreese
Brookline, Massachusetts
WTB 31FC or 33FC SB
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