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Old 05-22-2018, 12:11 AM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Leaving CA >Headed to Central NY
Posts: 18
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Lewis
Engine: Ford E350 7.3L Diesel
The Life and Times of Buster Lewis

BUSTER LEWIS (sounds like a prize fighter, doesn't he?) has been in my parking lot for a little more than a week now. So far, the seats are out, but that's it. This process was easier than expected, so I'm counting my blessings about that. I left the seat behind the driver in for the occasional passenger.

Found the little rubber frog in the photo under one of the seats, so it looks like Buster has a mascot, right off the bat.

My needs are simple but also pretty specific. I need a solid stand-up work space for my laptop (I stand most of the day because I have severe Restless Legs Syndrome), a place to sleep, a place to poop, and a place to wash up. I need to stay warm, because I'll be in the northeast (dividing time between a friend's farm in the mountains of New York and the western suburbs of Boston in MA). I need good internet, because I sell online. I need enough power to keep my laptop operating more or less constantly, though I don't use a ton of other power. I'm not much of a cook but will need refrigeration and a way to heat things up or scramble the occasional egg. The space only has to house my 10 pound dog, Cowboy, and me.

One catch: I also need some open space, since I am a vintage seller (closing down my retail store in Southern CA is what prompts this whole thing). I need to be able to go on the occasional "picking" trip, as well as to haul some stuff to flea markets from time to time. This last part is a tall order when the total living space is only about 80 square feet. But I have some ideas.

Oh, and I want it to be cute. This part is important. To me, cute means furnished in a way that either is or looks vintage/antique.

But first, I need to haul a bunch of stuff back east. I'm selling most of my inventory, but keeping some, as I will still be making my living selling, though now it will be primarily online. Because of this, I may opt not to begin the build in earnest until after this part of my travel is over, since the bus will fit more merchandise if it has less fixed stuff in it. I'm not sure on that, though.

More to come.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:02 AM   #2
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Huntington Beach CA
Posts: 39
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: Ford 7.3
Lots of headroom in that style.
Good luck with your build
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Old 06-03-2018, 12:48 AM   #3
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Leaving CA >Headed to Central NY
Posts: 18
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Lewis
Engine: Ford E350 7.3L Diesel
Decals Off, Bed Plans In Hand

It's hard getting much done on the bus, because I'm also in the midst of closing down and liquidating my business, which is incredibly time consuming (and kind of heartbreaking, so I'm not always as energetic as I'd like to be). But today I did manage to take a couple of baby steps.

First, I removed the letter decals from the bus to prepare it for painting.

Second, I ordered the plans for the murphy bed I'll be building.

Using a murphy bed will allow me to keep a fair amount of open space for picking and hauling, which I will invariably need and want to do in my line of work. I chose a twin vertical plan from it will have to be modified because it calls for a 78" height/length, and I can really only count on having 72" available. Not a problem when you're 5 feet tall, like I am! The plans look fairly easy to modify, even though I basically have NO building experience.

I'm hoping to build the bed before I have to leave, which is in a little more than 3 weeks, but before that can happen the floor has to be insulated. I'm trying to find the time to get it all done, but the bottom line is, if I have to sleep on a blow-up on the cross country drive, and do my build once I'm on the east coast, I do have that option. At least it's summer!
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