It's time to start the build thread! Our bus is named Suzie Blue. Everyone use to call my mom Suzie Q so we felt like naming the bus after her would be a good way to honor her since she passed away in April. She always supported my crazy projects... and I think this qualifies as crazy!
If you're interested in where I got my bus, check out this thread http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=467966
. Long story short... me go auction... me buy bus... bus vroom vroom 75mph... much rejoicing. Our bus is parked at a farm an hour away from us. It's not the best solution, but it's free (with a little bartering). We started our first day of work this past week, so without further ado...
Build Day Zero
or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bus
Like most folks, we couldn't wait to get the seats out. I wanted to hear my baby purr first though, so I tried to start her up. Unfortunately the battery was dead. Either I left something on which is likely given there are thousands of knobs and switches on the dash... or it's a bad battery. I have it charging now and it seems to be holding a charge so fingers crossed!
Anyway, we were happy to find that all of the bolts came out easily and were relatively free of rust. My wife worked up in the bus while I scurried underneath (with a bruised coccyx... woohoo). I know crawling under the bus doesn't sound like fun but it was a great opportunity to get the "lay of the land" under there. I know it'll start disappearing when I add tanks and storage but for right now, it's a beautifully clear canvas. Back to the story; we got all the bolts out that went along the aisles through the floor. We were only able to remove a few seats along with the barrier behind the drivers seat. On our next visit we should be able to get more seats out since there will be two of us working inside the bus.
I'm heading out this weekend to test the battery after charging it and then next week it's back to seat removal. The weather is getting really nice here in Florida so we may start camping in the bus
Next time, I'll post about the work I'm doing on our composting toilet.