By

Paul

Taking Charge

I had woken early and decided to grab a coffee and a pastry from a nearby cafe for breakfast. I returned to the bus, to a find a pickup truck pulled up beside it and the battery box open. His hood was popped and it appeared as though he was trying to jump start his...

Over My Head

With winter fast approaching, I decided to take advantage of the favourable weather and attempt to repaint the roof of the bus. I popped open the emergency exit hatch and climbed up on top to survey the task ahead. Shining right back at me – more reflective tape. I thought I had removed the last...

Time to Reflect

Anyone who has converted a school bus will be familiar with the reflective tape used to cover every square inch of the exterior surface. Bonded to the bus like chewing gum in hair, it takes a lot of patience to remove it. When you think you’ve scraped off your last piece, another strip appears from...

Flooring It

The conversion of the bus hit a milestone this week, with the completion of demolition work. The application of floor treatment and paint marked the first steps taken in the bus rebuild. After three weeks of work, I finally had all the seats removed, as well as the wall and ceiling panels. The air conditioning...

Off the Rails

The first order of business in any bus conversion is to remove the seats. I had read many horror stories from other bus conversions, detailing the difficulty getting underneath the bus to remove the bolts. Having chosen a bus with seating rails, instead of floor bolts, I was quietly confident. My confidence was quickly reinforced....

Positives and Negatives

I travelled back to the United States over the Easter long weekend. This would be the first time I had seen the bus since purchasing it and placing it in storage back in February. I had four days to get the bus serviced, collect my permits and drive it 1300 miles to northern Washington State....

Making Lemonade

I had no plans to title bus that day. My research had told me, I had fifteen days to drive the bus out of Nevada, from the moment I registered it. But after I had bought the bus, and had the documents in hand, my gut knew I needed to title it immediately. I could...

I Bought A Bus

Back in October 2017 I was surfing the internet when I stumbled across a used American school bus for sale. The bus was an absolute bargain, and I was tempted to buy it. I had just returned from a holiday in Iceland. Four friends and I had hired a campervan and driven the ring road....