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School Bus Renovation
« on: December 04, 2015, 04:53:21 PM »
Hi there,
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y name is Dean and boy am I on a mission! About a month and a half ago a couple friends and I bought a school bus with BIG plans in mind. We want to create an open source, easily replicable bus renovation plan that combines beauty and simplicity to form a stable avenue for travel at a fraction of the conventional price. We've been renovating it with what tools we have between the three of us and have made quite a bit of progress but I'm afraid we've reached a plateau. Next on our list of installations is a waste vegetable oil or biodiesel conversion kit, and a cozy interior capable of sleeping 8 people comfortably and transporting ~20 comfortably.  The list of ideas and modifications that we could integrate into the bus goes on for pages but we've decided its best to start with the basics first to create a solid foundation.
Community building is just as important to us as the project itself so we'd like to carry out many of our renovations there at your space and make it possible to include anyone interested. We've planned a trip to Florida from 12/26-1/10 to escape the looming Michigan chill and do as much work as we can in the two week period.
Would you be so kind as to forward me the requirements, for carrying out this sort of project at your space? We'll have hopefully 6 team members(varying levels of skills and direct involvement) including ourselves.


Looking forward to developing a dream alongside you and your community.

regards,
Dean


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Hello Dean!


John here of FamiLAB. We're excited and intrigued by your proposition of a bus-filled winter at the space. We also dig community involvement and the idea of buses. Especially buses. We do have a myriad of questions though about the venture (we're new to bus propositions).


Are you driving the bus down and then working on it at our location, or is it currently non-functional?
What tools are you going to need, and will you be bringing requisite tools yourselves?
In the event that the bus is not operational within the timeframe, what's the contingency plan for un-busing our semi-tight loading bay/parking lot?
Is your bus your hotel as well or are the beds not yet fully operational?


We'll also have to (maybe) check with our landlord to make sure having a bus in our lot for a half month( and doing engine work on it) won't get us evicted or fined.


That's a daunting wall of text, I know, but we're into the ideas you're putting down and want to rock this project as best we can, if we can.


Thanks for reaching out to us about this!


Respectfully,


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Re: School Bus Renovation
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2015, 10:50:43 PM »
Hi John,


The bus is fully functional and legal to drive. We plan on leaving Michigan on the 26th of December and driving the bus down.



What we plan on doing while we're down there and what is required for each project:
-Install a Waste Vegetable Oil Conversion Kit
     -Basic Mechanic's tool set
-Build and install modular style furniture:
            -Beds
            -Seating
            -Kitchen area
                         -Basic woodworking tools(Table saw, circular saw, hack saw, router, drill, sanders, chisels etc.)
-Enclose and install Bathroom area

     -Basic woodworking tools




We'll have all of our tools with us. We don't have a whole lot of tools but here's what we do have:
-Variety of hand tools(screwdrivers, hammers, measuring tapes, pliers, flat bars, etc.)
-Screw gun
-Sawz-all
-Screw Gun
-Caulk gun
-Trim saw


The WVO kit is totally separate from the existing fuel system, so even in the case that we cant finish the installation, the bus will still run.


We have a few mattresses on the bus as well as hammocks, a cot, and sleeping bags, so we will be sleeping on the bus. Now I have a question for you. Would sleeping on the bus in your parking lot the while we are renting the space be too much to ask? If need be we can move the bus every night to a different location.

Attached is a photo of the bus in its current state, fresh paint job and all!I must say, no wall of text will stop me. I welcome all your questions!


I understand that some of your questions are time sensitive so if it'd easier feel free to call me any weekday after 2pm.
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Thanks!!!


Dean
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Re: School Bus Renovation
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2015, 11:54:07 AM »
Alright Dean, I've fielded plenty of input from members so far, and would love to get your reaction and response. I am without a phone now, so another member would be returning your call if you leave a message.

Here's Wall of Text Part 2: Bigger and Questionier:

- We're not sure we're zoned for work on large vehicles, we'll have to look into that
- If you're allowed to work on the bus as per city code, you'll have to drive the bus off-campus to sleep
- If you're working onsite, you'll need a member in the Lab proper to have access to the interior of the building
- We can give you a hookup for power.
- We'd like you to sign the standard "don't sue us if you shoot your eye out" liability waiver
- Is everyone on the crew over 18?
- Can you have handy damage control supplies, like kitty litter, for spills?
- The parking lot is under video surveillance, and would continue to be for your stay. Is this alright?
- What is your backup plan if the bus is not operational at the end of your stay?
- Does the lavatory on board function yet? We do not have potable and/or grey water hookups at our lot, and you'd need an existing member to get inside the building to use our loo.
- Keeping the lab clean and orderly, we can supply a water hose for washing up. Can you keep GoJo on hand to de-grease and keep the lab semi-clean? It does have that new-lab smell still!
- Some of our membership is interested in lending a hand and learning how to work on a project at this scale. Are you down for local hands on deck?
- You mentioned "renting the space". Is your intent to chip in financially during your stay?
- Would you be up for a video chat with the membership this coming Tuesday night at our member meeting? We use Hangouts to broadcast and include off-site members.

Again, thank you for sticking with us through these interrogations. I just want to make sure everyone can have a good time and all parties walk away with a sense of achievement, success, and a stronger global community of hackers.



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