Roush CleanTech Propane Fuel System Thermal Testing

The ROUSH CleanTech team recently made the trip to Duluth, Minnesota to highlight the differences between diesel and propane buses during winter time operations. Temperatures during these tests ranged between -13 degrees to -18 degrees, with wind chills around -30 degrees. The goal for the cold weather test was to compare a diesel and propane bus in starting procedures and cabin temperatures at various points. To view the results of the tests, check out this video!

Godzilla Is HERE!

The all new Ford “Godzilla” 7.3L V8 Premium Gasoline Engine is NOW AVAILABLE in both School Bus and Commercial Bus products sold by North Central Bus & Equipment! The new engine, combined with the proven Ford TorqShift 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, provide more power and torque, improved durability and maintenance! Here’s just a few of the highlights of the Godzilla:

  • All new heads with port fuel injection offer simpler maintenance and air flow
  • Cooling jets improve piston durability and combustion efficiency
  • All new cast iron block with four bolt and cross bolted main bearings provide maximum strength and stiffness in the bottom end for maximum durability
  • Variable displacement oil pump provides more oil when needed or reduced parasitic losses under light loads
  • In-block cam reduces engine height and width
  • Variable cam timing improves engine efficiency
  • Forged steel crankshaft offers strength and durability

*Data above provided by Ford Media Center

Contact your Salesperson today for more information!


COVID-19 Pandemic Response Update



To Our Valued North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc. Customer / Partner:

North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc. is committed to keeping YOU on the road, and being here to support our customers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our normal business hours will remain in effect, which are:

Parts Department:                                     Monday – Friday                  7:00am – 5:00pm

Service Department:                               Monday – Friday                  8:00am – 4:30pm

Bus Sales Department:                          Monday – Friday                    7:30am – 5:00pm

Some of our Bus Sales Representatives are working remotely, therefore, may not always be in the office. For that reason, and to ensure the safety and health of our staff and customers, we are highly recommending that you making an appointment with our Bus Sales team prior to coming in; especially for used bus purchases.

As part of our commitment to maintaining a safe environment, North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc. is in compliance with all COVID-19 mandated safety measures. If you visit that our facilities, you will notice that we are now using a controlled access entry so that we can monitor the people in our building to keep our staff and customers healthy and safe. We are actively practicing and enforcing social distancing wherever possible, masks are required, and all staff and guests are monitored for symptoms.

In addition to the above guidelines, we are proactively sanitizing our buildings on a regular basis with the patented Electrostatically Hydrogen Peroxide fogging system from our sister company, Cloud Disinfect-It. Through extensive research, we are confident that this is the best cleaning system to provide protection in our buildings and vehicles against the COVID-19 virus.

The leadership of North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc. will continue active and ongoing monitoring, necessary contingency planning around any further relevant COVID-19 developments in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local health guidelines.

We remain ready and available to respond to your needs by phone, webinar, videoconferencing, email, and in person at our facilities. We continue to take, manage, and fulfill orders every day.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support; we at North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc. remain dedicated to our essential role during this time of global crisis. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with any follow-up questions or concerns.



Paul Gauerke

General Manager

Cell: 320-292-0988


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COVID-19 Mask Mandate Update


Per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81 requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces, we are switching to a controlled entry system to control the traffic throughout our building. What this means for you, our customers, is that our doors will remain locked but our team members are here normal business hours to assist you!







Please note the different entrances for Bus Sales, and for Parts / Service. The driveway on the south side of the office area is for BUS SALES. The driveway on the north side of the office area is for PARTS AND SERVICE. Human Resources can be accessed from either entrance.

We are also HIGHLY ENCOURAGING our customers to call and make appointments for Bus Sales, especially Used Bus Sales. This helps make sure that our staff is ready to assist you, and that we can continue to control the traffic throughout our building and facilities to keep everyone safe!

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we attempt to navigate our new, hopefully temporary, “normal”. We hope all of you stay safe, be well, and wash your hands!

January-February 2020 Parts Specials

Give our Parts Department a call at 877-485-9566 to place an order or with questions!

*HURRY* Prices good until February 28th, 2020!


83-Passenger Blue Bird Vision CONVENTIONAL Bus

This might be the answer that many customers have been waiting for! The Blue Bird Vision Conventional can now seat 83 PASSENGERS. This is an excellent option for customers who are looking for more capacity than the standard 71 or 77 passengers, but who also still want the ability to choose a Gasoline or Propane Engine.

North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc. has one of these brand-new units at our facility, so please give us a call if you’re interested in stopping by and taking a look at it!

Blue Bird Delivers It’s 5,000th Gasoline Engine Bus

Transportation company receives milestone bus; chooses Blue Bird Vision Gasoline for reliability and maintenance cost savings.

MACON, Ga. (March 13, 2019) — Blue Bird Corporation has proudly delivered its 5,000th gasoline-powered school bus, following it’s “first-to-market” introduction just over two years ago. The Type C gasoline bus has grown in popularity due to low upfront costs, reliable cold-weather startup and heating capabilities, ease of fueling accessibility, and maintenance cost savings.

WE Transport in Plainview, New York, received delivery of the milestone bus in December, along with 59 other Blue Bird Vision Gasoline buses. “This is the first time WE Transport has brought fuel other than diesel into our bus fleet,” said Bart Marksohn, owner of the school transportation contractor, WE Transport. “Our wish for an affordable, reliable bus came true when Blue Bird and our dealer, Bird Bus, offered the Vision gasoline model. We are extremely happy with our decision and foresee gasoline being a big part of our future operations.”

Marksohn noted that the buses’ low upfront cost and proven reliability were factors in their decision. WE Transport services more than 50 districts throughout New York, many of which are located on Long Island. The Gas Buses will be used in Plainview, Island Trees, and Smithtown, with WE Transport being New York’s first contractor to operate a large gasoline school bus fleet.

Sales of the Blue Bird Vision Gasoline bus have grown significantly since its introduction in the fall of 2016. The bus is built on the Ford 6.8-liter V10 engine and equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech fuel system. Nearly 1,000 school districts now operate Blue Bird’s gasoline school bus.

Because they require no costly after-treatment systems or fluids like diesel buses, Blue Bird Vision Gasoline school buses are easy to maintain. They also run on the same proven Ford/ROUSH CleanTech powertrain system, which operates on thousands of buses in their propane platform.