Re: The Black Plague II (The new Jacuzzi Bus)
I am getting old and lame. That's what my young hot g/f tells me. the past few summers i've taken the bus out pretty much every weekend...sometimes multiple times during the week. This year the bus has mostly just been sitting since new years.
The past couple of weeks was spent getting the bus all cleaned up and ready to go again. I let the jacuzzi freeze which ruined the pumps, so replaced those. also wired my inverter and house batteries to my starting battery with some 00 guage welding cable, reupholstered the furnature, cleaned, repainted the jacuzzi, built a new smaller version of my flame thrower that can be fired from the drivers seat
Took the bus to the annual Woodward dream cruise yesterday. this was my 4th year. For those of you who don't know that Detroit is (was) the motor capitol of the world. There is a HUGE classic/exotic car cruise where car owners drive their vehicles up and down about a 10 mile stretch of woodward avenue . WOW! it's the most fun i've had on the bus in a long long time! I have a donation jar, and got over $120 which was more than enough to replace the 1/2 tank of fuel i burned on the adventure. I wish i had photos.
I decided it would be fun to use the flame thrower while driving down teh street. Average speed is slower than walking. After a few puffs of fire a very angry police officer lady on a bicycle came riding up to the bus. I was already a little nervous about the flame thrower and figured that now i was in for a ltitle trouble. Afterall, there might be soemthing illegal about shooting fire, especially in this post 9/11 eara. The officer very rudely yells somthing at me......I was expecting the words "flame thrower" to come out of her mouth.....It took me a few seconds to comprehend what she was saying. Had nothing to do with fire, apparently someone had tossed an alluminum can out of the bus window. I was very appoligetic even though i was completely oblivious to the incident. For the rest of the day i shot flames out the roof of the bus and not one single officer said a word about it.
The flame thrower was a HUGE novelty. People were lining up along the street with their cameras to take pictures. There must have been a least 100,000 photos taken of the bus yesterday. It was a non-stop rolling party. Some hot host lady and film crew from speed network came on the bus for a while and shot footage of the pretty girlies in and out of the jacuzzi. Then they tried talking me into going to mami.
Everythign worked perfectly....the engine/drivetrain, jacuzzi, flame thrower, electrical. I didn't have to stop and "fix" anything yesterday. I have been trying to get a lot more professional when i build things. I used to just have wires and hoses ect strewn all throught the bus and nearly everythign "almost worked" I've spent a lot of hours trying to undo that crazyness and do things right.
burningman is only a few days away!
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)