On April 5th, 2014, we brought home our 1984 Blue Bird from Damascus, Georgia.
Steven’s maiden voyage was a pretty smooth 6 hours back down to central Florida.
Our first task was to strip it down, and have a clean slate to build on.
The seats were surprisingly not too hard to remove, just bulky.
The floor, however, was another story. Layers of rubber flooring, half-rotten plywood, globs of glue, and half a million rusty nails and screws put up a merciless fight.
We were BEYOND thrilled to see it all gone.
The floor got treated to Rust Stop paint, foam, and plywood, before the wood flooring went in.
Construction started! Wheel wells got boxed in, bed frame was built, and kitchen counters went up.
We had actually made the kitchen counter tops ahead of time. We used salvaged lumber (a.k.a. free!), so there’s a little freeform action going on. Fine with us, it gets the job done.
The corrugated metal forms the bathroom walls. Steven built some benches with storage compartments underneath, and turned an old table into the dinette.
View from the front door.
We finally hung up our curtains.
Installing the copper faucet.
Harnessing the power of the sun!
The bright blue stripe and it’s stuck-on lettering had to go. We replaced it with a metallic bronze and like the vintage look.
Here is a shot of the bathroom, sans curtain. We bought this neat little Dry-Flush toilet, which is totally self contained and uses no water or chemicals. You just throw the tightly sealed contents away after 15 uses.
We decided we needed another mode of transportation with us, so we bought this bike and had a custom trailer hitch built and welded onto the frame.
While at the shop, we had the following maintenance done:
Fresh fluids, belts and filters.
A crack in the radiator was repaired, and valve replaced.
New water pump installed.
New rear tires (recaps).
The water pump caused us all the trouble because it was extremely hard to find the right one for our outdated engine. It delayed our trip by a week, but did allow us more time for finishing touches.