Thursday, March 26, 2009


Zach pointed out to me that I forgot to add a picture of the fireplace. You can see it in the bottom corner of one of the pictures I posted, but the damn thing is so awesome that it deserves it's own picture.

WE HAVE TAGS! Zach and I drove into Bozeman today to register the bus and got its Montana license plates. Pretty exciting.

Zach has discovered a pile of scrap 2x4's that have that vintage barn look to them. We're using them in the bus and it's looking pretty cool. Also got a wood box built so we don't have to go outside every time we need to add to the fire. It looks really good and already has a handful of logs in it.

The way things are going, we'll only need a little more to get the bus in living condition. The plan is:

-Lay thin wood paneling on the ceiling. This would cover the millions of holes in the original sheet metal as well as screw holes from the shelves that were in it as an activity bus. And it would look freaking schweet.
-Run our wiring for electricity.
-Acquire propane hoses and a propane tank for the kitchen stove and fridge.
-Acquire water hoses, hot water heater, and put it all together.
-Build our bed.
-Insure it.

I think that was all ... that's some pretty basic stuff that (hopefully) won't take long. We've got two months until our lease is up here, which means that the days 'til we move into the bus are limited! Yeah! Aren't sure exactly where we'll be this summer, but we plan to continue our building and blogging!

Kelly and Zach

Friday, March 20, 2009


Yes, we are still alive. We've been getting flack about not posting, so here's a biggin for ya. (And I'm getting flack right now about "biggin" ... just so you Mainers know, it means "a big one" ... hahahaha). The pictures are in the order they were taken, so they're a little all over the place :)

Zach's incredible kitchen table

Our friend from Maine, Mike, came to visit and we made him
help us put the stove pipe through the roof

Partial framing

Stove and table installed

Kitchen appliances and bench seats (which we stripped down to the frame
and cut to the size we wanted)

Mmmm ... Fat Tire

Lovely custom kitchen with our salvaged RV appliances

Artsy shot :)

Bane of Zach's existence: leaky antifreeze pipe



Zach hard at work

That frame we were talking about ...

He only keeps me around 'cause I'm funny

Bus art (airplane courtesy of Mike)

Tracing the sink


Homemade composting toilet (aka shit-in-a-bucket)

Already putting the fridge to good use

Chair frame cut in half

We never got a finished picture of our modified frame, but we'll take one and include it in our next posting. It's flush with the table and flows with the couch (which we also forgot to take a picture of). We're making a lot of progress, but still have a lot of work to do! Framing the closet, sewing room, and bedroom will come next.

Until next time,

Kelly, Zach, and Black Dog