The first month of converting our shorty school bus past by very fast. Every day around 8 am, including weekends, we diligently driving to work on our project. On the way to work we stop either at the Home Depot, or Loves, or our local neighboring construction store. We missed only two days of work on the bus! What did we accomplish in the first month? We gutted it, installed trucks for solar panels, fixed the subfloor, skinned the windows, rubber seal painted, electrical – removed excess wires, rerouted exhaust, found the air tank problem, made under carriage mounts for tanks and propane, fixed the engine squeak, patched holes in the ceiling, framed ceiling and walls, and put floor insulation.
So in order to free up some precious space underneath the bus we needed to reroute the exhaust pipe. It originally ran from the front of the bus all the way to the very back. This 4″ exhaust pipe occupied a lot of space and nothing could be close to it because of the heat.
So, we removed the pieces of exhaust that were pieced together from the bank of the bus up and over the rear axel stopping 2 feet before the muffler. Now all we needed was an elbow which we got from NAPA to make the turn out the passenger’s side. The next step was to cut off about a foot of the exhaust pipe still remaining and then place the elbow on that shortened exhaust pipe. With the elbow in place we were able to use a piece of the tail pipe we removed to attach to the elbow and run it out between the fuel tank and the rear tire.
The only part you really see is the cool cheap stainless steel exhaust tip.
Well, the metal supplier is supposed to be delivering our metal about a week ago. We really need to get that sheet metal so we can seal off the windows we are skinning. Maybe on Monday. It’s always Monday.
Building a bus in Stuart has it’s challenges. Stuart is not a metropolis for building material. While Stuart does offer Lowes and The Home Depot as well as two electrical supply stores right next door to each other, what it’s lacking is selection. The Aisles of this Home Depot are not long enough to show the curvature of the earth as they are in other cities. In fact you can walk across the entire store in about 30 seconds. So with the limited floor space, this also limits selection.
Of course we try to order things online, but when times get tough and lack of planning stumbles upon us, we spend a lot of time at one the big box stores. Marina knows exactly where the restroom is in both stores and is pretty fluent with the Hardware and Electrical aisle at this point.
Nevertheless, we have the supports for our 4 tanks almost up. It’s always almost. Four tanks all the same size all 40 gallons. Two for water and two for black and gray water. The tanks still need to be ordered and that will take about 4 weeks. I better get on that.
I have no idea how much air conditioning we need for a 28′ bus, but I believe this unit should eliminate the need for a fridge. This is the biggest unit that Coleman makes. It’s the grand daddy of A/C units. We purchased them from some mobile RV repair guy in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The jury is still out on how well it works, or if it works. $250!
But what we did get was some really good Tacos in Palm Beach Gardens at Chula Taco or Taco Chula. Regardless, they are the real deal. Great tacos!
So far our work has been dirty. Whether it’s removing fiberglass insulation, sanding old glue, angle grinder dust (lots of it), painting the floor, washing the under carriage or just sweeping up the debris, Marina always looks like a bunny
We have spent 5 days getting the chairs out and the floor prepped for paint. I think we are painting rubber paint tomorrow.
The chair removal was easy, it’s the damn tracks that take so long. I sure wish we would have stopped by a car wash on the way home. Every time you touch something under the bus a blast of dirt falls from the bottom and lands in my eyes.
We started the madness. Seat removal was surprisingly easy. What’s next?
Miami Bus sales as finally come through. We drove it today from Miami to Stuart. What a long trip that was. Overheating, police cars and the first time driving I-95 in a bus.