WOOF. What a month. Where do I begin? The entire world has been turned on its head and everyone is just trying to make the best of a bad situation. We are no different. Three weeks ago, I had a rather rosy new blog post almost ready to roll out: Sarah and I had just … Continue reading Big changes, a dose of humility and a whole lot of gratitude
Hi everyone! I've been taking a break from blogging these last few weeks to concentrate on getting the bus polished up, prepped for paint, going through mechanical issues, ordering parts and of course, working my full time job to pay for this whole project. "Balance" is definitely the operative word when it comes to a … Continue reading Little Advances in A Big Campaign
It's been a busy week for us; Sarah's been working full time at Winn-Dixie (her grocery store) and cheering me on while I grind, drill, cut, caulk, fiddle and generally work on the bus (and cruise Amazon for the next cool part to buy for the bus). I have also gone back to my Captain … Continue reading Generator mounted and Bus Body ready for Insulation!
Our generator sits happily on it's slides on it's new cradle. Bus mount for the whole assembly lays behind it. I'm not a welder and have never even turned on a MIG welder prior to this week. I did watch a bunch of YouTube videos, read several articles and have watched curiously over the last … Continue reading Generator Mount nearly complete!
My new office: the 72' gaff-rigged, traditional Schooner FREEDOM at it's home in St. Augustine, FL. As I mentioned in my last post Sarah and I recently went back to work on the bus after a two and a half week break for Christmas and New Years. What I didn't mention is that we actually … Continue reading Some Windows, a Generator Mount and a Boat
I scraped, grinded, scrubbed, primed and painted our ugly floor! Then I tracked mud all over it. Christmas time and the winter holidays are one of the most beloved times of the year. It's also a great time to become financially overextended and to bring a screeching halt to your most exciting personal projects (i.e.: … Continue reading Where did you go? A holiday lull and Sarah and Austin go back to work
Up until this point, our bus build has been one enormous demolition project. My daily routine has been as follows: show up to the bus, open windows, crank up the generator, put on some loud, fast crossfit-esque music on our Bluetooth speaker, break out the pry bar, grinder, sledge hammer, skill saw, etc. and DESTROY. … Continue reading Rounding the Corner (Almost): We start putting stuff back in!
Up until this point in this blog, about all you've seen are photos of a dirty, 20-year old bus. Well, you're going to get a lot more dirty old bus pics in the coming weeks but I thought I would let you in on my vision and share our plans for what the thing is … Continue reading Making Plans: Getting into the Project
Interior starting to look less pretty. One step closer to actually building stuff. Four hours on a Sunday afternoon and the ceiling is coming out! After removing the rest valence panels, I broke out the pry bar and blacksmith hammer tried wrenching out the ceiling panels and rivets. 5 minutes and some very sore hands … Continue reading Gutting the Interior
So far our bus build hasn't really been much of a build, more of just shuffling things around. We have managed to get the bus home, pull the seats out but haven't managed to get rid of them yet. We took a load of about 10 to the local scrap yard in the back of … Continue reading Nuts and bolts: Getting to work