I've only got two days left, not much time for photos and prose.
I love doing projects like this one, I've been making stuff outta nothing since I was a kid, mostly because I never had any money … but also, the things I build seem to last longer. Also, I'm frugal. Buy the best you can afford, wear it out, patch it and keep patching it until it can't be used anymore then turn it into something else. I would much rather invest in learning new skills or buying a new tool that will allow me to do more work. I can't tell you how much of the bus is built using scraps from other projects I've done over the years.
I call this construction technique, “Po'boying it.”
1931 Shotwell. One of the best stories I've heard in a long time, and a great example of a Poor Boy building what he wants/needs. To sum: In 1930, an 18 year old goes to his Dad and tells him that he'd like a car. It's 1930. Dad has NO money for a car and tells the young guy that he'd have to build one. And a normal 18 year old kid in 1930's America had and knowledge and skills necessary to build a car that travelled over 150,000 miles.
The best Jay Leno car program ever:
This bus project has gone through a couple evolutions. First Henry was going to get turned into one of these, but he's just to damn cute the way he is.
Next, I bought a Jeep CJ with the idea of putting a OM-617 Mercedes engine (multi-fuel) into it and building it as a woody that we could sleep in. I went so far as to buy the Jeep, which I sold to do this project.
The truth? I want to build my own car. Not a hot rod or a racing car and not some modification or kit car … a car that seats two, has the good (decent) performance, reliability and good mpg's that something low and light can yield AND it's got to be my daily driver. It might be based on the Morgan Trike, or a Lotus 7 clone (i.e., Lowcost Seven) … or maybe something similar to the Shotwell.
My point? I have NO IDEA why EVERY 18 year old in this day and time can't build his own … ANYDAMTHING HE SETS HIS MIND TO!!!
If you need inspiration, please watch the attached vid ... and take a MIG welding class, or learn to run a drill press. And show this vid to a kid!
I'll be back.