I live on the road about 8 months out of the year. i run a non-profit called Bike For The Light. I bicycle across the country and speak to teens about reaching out and making a difference in the world, whether through missions projects or humanitarian efforts. Also speak at a lot of schools to get teens excited to make a difference in their community. In the last cross country tour me and my driver lived for 8 months in a 19' toyota rv. just way too small so i decided to get something bigger. i hate the idea of a big posh rv. just not my style. i saw one of you guys' videos on youtube of your conversion and was sold. i knew its what i was supposed to do.
since we are a non-profit, i dont have much money. so my bus was donated. i know everyone wants diesels but, i wanted gas and a ford engine. i used to have a van with a very similar engine and know how to work on it, so this bus is perfect. so i started my conversion this week. have tons of plans, and plan on laying them out for all of you to see here. i also promise to post as many pics as i can. i know thats what i like to see. haha. here it goes.
so here is my bus. she will get named later. actually gonna have a contest on the website to name her:
she is a pretty bird....well not pretty....but in my eyes she is gorgeous. haha.
bought an air drill from harbor freight today before i started. lots of people think their tools are horrible, but i have had good luck with them. and the $14 i spent on this paid for itself within the first ten minutes.
removed the sheet metal above the windows today. that drill made short work of about 200 screws. just a matter of a few minutes. incredible having that kind of power.
started scraping the rubber runner up the center. was going to remove seats, but really need someone with me. didnt want to stop working, so i went to town on that runner. was a lot easier than i expected. the big scraper was definitely worth the money too.
one of the things i was worried about was where i would do the conversion. finally found a guy that supports my organization. he owns a company that makes gift cards for places like walmart, best buy, and target, among others. he is letting me park the bus in a locked up yard with power and bathrooms as long as i need. even gave me keys to the place. what a blessing.
today i went in and they showed me around as they were making target christmas gift cards. by the way...they showed me a card they are making for best buy for christmas. its a gift card with tiny led's in it on the christmas tree on the front. same thickness as normal cards, no bumps for the lights or the battery. lights will last over a year. incredible. here is some of the target cards they were running today.
after the break in the air conditioning (it is wicked hot here in florida for a conversion), i went back to finish tearing up the rubber runner.
getting the rubber floor runner removed felt great. the best part was how good the floor looked underneath. i had not felt any soft spots anywhere, but still, you never know. i dont have it all up, so who knows, but down the center....i saw only a few small spots of surface rust. nothing that a steel brush and some rustoleum cant handle. if this is what the rest of the floor is like, i am a happy man.
so for day one of the conversion i am happy. got all the sheet metal out from the curve above the windows. got the rubber runner up off the center. and broke loose all the seat bolts. tomorrow i have someone coming to help me finish removing all the seats. im excited. tons more to go.