All American FE Chassis Features

All American FE Drivability

Maneuverability & Driveability

Blue Bird first developed its dedicated chassis for the All American Forward Engine Type D School Bus in 1952. Ever since, they have continued to build on their belief that transporting people demands a chassis specifically designed to do just that.

Accordingly, Blue Bird’s All American Forward Engine chassis boasts high levels of precision, durability, and optimization. They 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, Blue Bird has designed the All American Forward Engine chassis utilizing shorter wheelbases per body length than competitive products. This shorter wheelbase combined with their 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.

All American FE ChassisDedicated, purpose-built Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Chassis delivers high levels of durability, optimization, and safety for extended life cycle value.
All American FE turn radiusThe All American’s Shorter Wheelbase, Hendrickson Front Axle and 50º maximum cut steering gear provide increased maneuverability and superior handling/steering, allowing drivers to navigate tight turns and tight spots without backing up.
All American FE Cummins engineCummins engines cater to customers’ specific market needs with a variety of horsepower options, providing smooth, quiet, powerful performance and commendable fuel economy, while meeting or exceeding current emissions standards.
All American FE steeringEasily adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column improves driver ergonomics and accessibility.
All American FE fuel tankOptional 100-gallon diesel fuel tank between frame rails in rear overhang ensures maximum protection while offering increased range and greater flexibility in routing.
All American FE fastenersPremium 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.
All American FE bumperA 3/16-inch thick, 12-inch high bumper with Blue Bird’s signature “A” frame bracing on corners adds strength and reliability to the All American’s chassis while protecting bodywork.

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