Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Chassis Advantages

Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Chassis Advantages

Blue Bird first developed its dedicated chassis for the All American Forward Engine Type D School Bus in 1952. Ever since, we have continued to build on our belief that transporting people demands a chassis specifically designed to do just that. Accordingly, our All American Forward Engine chassis boasts high levels of precision, durability, and optimization. We build premium quality into every proprietary Blue Bird feature, and choose supplier components with reliability and purpose in mind to provide outstanding performance and value throughout the full and exceptionally enduring Blue Bird bus life cycle.
Understanding that school routes often require navigation around tight turns, we have designed our All American Forward Engine chassis utilizing shorter wheelbases per body length than competitive products. This shorter wheelbase combined with our Hendrickson front axle and new, 50º maximum cut steering gear delivers superior maneuverability and handling on difficult routes, reducing the need for backing up to help drivers tackle the roads and traffic ahead of them.

Dedicated, purpose-built Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Chassis delivers high levels of durability, optimization, and safety for extended life cycle value.

The All American’s Panoramic windshield enhances sightlines around the front of the bus, including the loading and unloading zones.

The All American’s Hendrickson Front Axle and 50º maximum cut steering gear provide increased maneuverability and superior handling/steering, allowing drivers to navigate tight turns and to negotiate more tight spots without backing up.

The All American’s forward engine compartment location offers easy service access to allow for quick servicing for maximum up-time.

Easily adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column improves driver ergonomics and accessibility.

Premium components such as maintenance-free Huck Spin fasteners on all permanent frame fixtures contribute to the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine’s strength and durability.

Cummins engines cater to customers’ specific market needs with a variety of horsepower options and a choice of diesel or compressed natural gas fuel, providing smooth, quiet, powerful performance and commendable fuel economy, while meeting or exceeding current emissions standards.

Optional 100-gallon diesel fuel tank between frame rails in rear overhang ensures maximum protection while offering increased range and greater flexibility in routing.


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