After days without our beloved bus (it has been at the mechanics since early Friday morning) the Hampshire College farm is once again graced with its big blue presence. Two new shocks, a new right front tire, a new windshield, a new door pane, a new back window, working windshield wiper fluid, a new air filter and a tank partially filled with our very own batch of filtered veggie oil – I think we’re in pretty good shape for leaving on Sunday.
Two important things that need to happen within the next couple of hours:
1. Rust and outside edges of the bus need to be smoothed/sanded/patched
2. Bus needs to be inspected. (And hopefully pass the inspection.)
Two important things that need to happen within the next couple of days:
1. Coolant hose needs replacing
2. Casket near the serpentine belt needs replacing as it appears to be leaking oil.
There are other things, of course, which still need doing, such as installing shelving unit, patching the exhaust pipe, bolting down the beds, installing some seat belts… packing. But all in all our bus is a little shinier, and a little more road-ready and hopefully this will all culminate in a “Pass” on our inspection tomorrow.
Everyone cross your fingers for us!