Long time no post! J and I have been working on the bus in starts and fits but honestly, with festival season here and custom orders heating up at the Patchwork Underground, we have been stretched a little thin!!
After much much debate, we decided to go ahead with our plan to plug all the holes with bolts and nuts and screws of various sizes. We're done! We plugged all 220+ of them. Next, we sanded all the rust around them with a drill attachment ~ we went through FOUR attachments - expensive! We started caulking the windows and we're about to start caulking around the bolts just to make 'em extra water tight. Julia's dad also came down and cut us nice joists for the floor out of pressure treated 2x6s.
Finally, a floor seems to be in our near-future!!!
When our mechanic friend David came down, he helped us make a nice little loop out of the heater. We drained the tubes of coolant and then disconnected the heater box that lived near the rear of the bus. Then we made a short loop with some of the left over rubbing tubing so the coolant just flows through a short loop rather than an extra long one - this made the bus seems so much more spacious. We'd had a giant octopus-like mess of rubber tubing and heater box all draped over the front cockpit until then.
We've also been busy cleaning the interior of the bus so that we can paint the ceiling. It is so dirty! Cleaning above your head seems ok until you clean a whole bus ceiling...then your arms tell you that its not ok.
In other news, we scored a nice step-up fiberglass shower enclosure that some guy ripped out of an RV and put on craigslist for $20. Woo hoo! Once we get the floor down, it'll just be a matter of throwing all these parts and pieces together, boltin em down and hooking them up. We still plan on moving into the bus in about a month....we gave notice at our apartment so we'd better get crackin. Of course, we don't expect to be "all done" by then but it would be nice to have our bed area framed in and our basic water set-up happening.
Wish us luck!!
~i'll post pics of all this activity tomorrow~
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Posted by Erin Gilday at 7:14 PM