Um, yeah. So removing the seats proved to be more difficult than we imagined. Only because we didn't have the right tools. So armed with new equipment and a new strategy, we'll tackle the project again soon. The book bus happens to be parked in a field of high grass and weeds so getting underneath was a bit challenging. Next time we'll move it to a more suitable setting.
So here is the inside of the bus. Not too many seats to take out and I think I might reuse a couple of them. I haven't started removing the seats yet, I've been helping my daughter paint a house she just bought. I plan to go over this weekend and get started. I emailed the sign painter in Austin and never heard back. I think I frightened him at the Design Ranch. I'll have to find someone in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
So I did it. I bought a bus. I think it's just the right size, not too big or too small. We'll see once I get the seats out and start designing the inside. My son took it to a shop and had a few things worked on so it will pass inspection. He drove it down last weekend and it's parked and ready to be gutted. I also finally found insurance for it so I'm feeling good about that. Now that the weather is nice and warm I can start sweating my ass off in this thing. Which brings me to another dilemma. Air conditioning. A must in Texas. I'm just not sure how to pull it off. The bus won't be connected to a power source when it's parked so I was thinking maybe a solar powered window unt. It's expensive and I'm not sure that's the best solution. So I'll keep thinking on it. My goal is to have the bus ready to go by late September.
Last weekend I was at the AIGA Design Ranch in Hunt, Texas. What an amazing weekend. Lots of creative workshops, food, sunshine and booze. One of the workshops was led by a sign painter from Austin. Of course, I accosted him and asked if he would be interested in painting my (non-existant) bus. He said yes, so I'm super excited about that. Yes, I'm taking that as a sign that I should buy the bus in Austin. It's a bit of a reach, but I'll take what I can get. This weekend I'm heading back that way for a getaway in Blanco. I'll go through Austin and am planning on checking out the bus on the way home. This is me and a couple of guys I used to work with in Austin who I ran into at the ranch.
Still no freaking sign. What is up universe? In the meantime, I've found another bus that might work better. It's a bit smaller, has a diesel engine, is an automatic and has been freshly painted. Of course, it's more expensive. And in Austin. So I may have my son who lives in Austin check it out and let me know what he thinks. Someone close to me said I should wait until the fall to buy the bus. Maybe so. I just don't want to put if too long, lest I lose interest. Not giving up on a sign just yet.
Right now, WoW is still in the planning stages. I've found a bus, but haven't purchased it yet. I'm sort of waiting on a sign. Signs have guided me through just about every decision I've made, as an adult, anyway. Usually the signs are obvious, allowing for quick and decisive action. This time, not so much. So I'm wondering if I just overlooked the sign or it hasn't come yet. And if there is no sign does that mean it's a sign to not buy the bus? Here's a photo of the bus I'm considering. It's in good condition and has been well maintained. It's big. Really big. So that's where we stand (and patiently wait).