This is our first every bus update! I will try to keep you as up-to-date as possible but if you want to see things "in the moment" follow along with us on Snapchat "this.wandering" or Bens Instagram account for a more detailed look at this conversion.
Step one was to remove all of the seats we initially were going to keep some of them but after further inspection we decided to remove them all and find a different way to do seats for passengers while the bus is moving. This was really a two person job and after a few minor tool changes and an actual complete change of who was under the bus and who was inside of the bus we were actually able to get all of the seats out relatively quickly!
Jessamyn napped through most of this so even though she is in these pictures she didn't actually play any significant role in the seat removal whatsoever.
After ripping all the seats up Ben then removed the metal stripping around the floor (while I went to find coffee). We are actually going to keep the bus flooring... most people rip it out but we feel like it adds one more layer between the bus and the road and they say one of the biggest problems with bus conversions is all the dust and road grime kicking up into the bus. We are hoping building the floor over this will help add an extra little bit of protection and insulation to the bus.
Because lets get real it wouldn't be a project without some sort of coffee break.
So the next step is to take the bus for emissions testing and then to start framing. Ben is actually out buying all the supplies for that right now and we are feeling really optimistic about how the project is going. I mentioned it on Snapchat but we are going to keep the ceiling as it is, because it is pretty but actually and more practically because it des not leak. So really all we have to do right now is move on to framing and insulating and start to put some more character on the inside of the bus. Ben is also working on creating a special lock for the front door which should be really interesting and hopefully provide an added layer of security.
As always check back for more updates! Follow along on Instagram or Snapchat! We still haven't picked a color for the outside but are looking! I brought home a bunch of flooring and paint samples yesterday and am so excited to make this a home!