Friday, September 17, 2010

And when we got back...

It was raining. It's still raining. The bus is still full of dust and a fair amount of stuff. Here's what the back looked like when we got back.

Thanks, Love of My Life!

Thanks, Adrian!

Ok, so this is really late, but The Stig has a place of honor on the bus, and rode there to BRC and back.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Waaaay Behind

We leave tomorrow. Oops. Here's a shot of the back of the bus. I'll post more picture details later tonight.

Friday, August 13, 2010



Ok, I ordered this set myself. I was impressed with the shipping speed, though. I've always wanted to get as many of the different Fish plaques as I could, and stickergiant has lots.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

And it begins...

Last night I started sicking stickers. I felt like I'd stuck a lot. Like enough to cover some part of the bus. She Who Will Be Obeyed told me I should have focused on a single area, and as usual she was probably right, but my issues with taking orders intervened and the picture illustrates the result. It's a start, and it feels good to get started. Tomorrow I'll have pictures of some of the interior work.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thanks Crash Dance Camp!

I love opening the mailbox to find stickers, I only wish it was happening more often. Today's mail brought a very cool custom sticker for the Crash Dance camp. Thanks!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The painting is done

Roof's painted, time to start sticking what we got. I'm still debating whether to paint some inside. However, this will most likely get decided for me since we leave in a little over 30 days and there are too many other things to do still...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thanks Ed!

New stickers received! (It's sideways because one of the myriad photo apps I'm using is lying to the others about the orientation. Grr...)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Your Canvas is Ready

Major milestone this weekend: the bus is painted! The roof will still get a coat of Henry 587 Elastomeric Roof Coating, but the rest of the exterior is now a pristine white, ready for stickery goodness. It was a fair bit of work, but luckily The Swordfish is a heck of a painter. He did so well I'm hiring him to paint my house next.

We're ready for any stickers we get. We'd love to get some. :) The address is right over here--->>

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lots of progress

This weekend we managed to finish the bunk room (except for "decorating"), get the passenger seats mounted, and paint the rear end of the bus white. Once the weather gets better (currently slated for tomorrow), we'll be ready to start applying what stickers we have. We still need lots, so if you're reading this, please send us some!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bus Update

It's been a little slow going so far. We've procured a few stickers, but even though the cool factor of at least one of them is high, the actual numbers are low. The cool one, from "To The Sea"'s guitarist (brush with the stars!) is understated, yet elegant. You can hear their music on MySpace (which seems to be the only thing anyone uses MySpace for these days). I like "Little Book". We'll put the sticker somewhere highly visible. :)
The other three stickers my 5 year old picked up at the Rock N' Roll Marathon registration.
I started painting the back of the bus with a brush, using Rustoleum oil based enamel. It looks like hell, but should be a decent base for stickers. The weather isn't quite good enough to keep painting (high humidity, low temps), but I have hope. The Man burns in 70 days!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Getting Started

Well, we're starting with the 38 stickers I found around the house. Most of the black ones I bought in a bundle from J!nx way back when. The white-on-white one is for Nautique ski boats. I put Wilwood brakes on a Camaro I once owned, and my daughter plays a Fender (and pretty well too). My VW Bus is for sale, Ron Jon was kinda cool, and O.A.R. was even better. I survived Rose-Hulman with the help of my Delta Sig brothers, and you can never have too many flames on a vehicle. And No, I will not fix your computer. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Washing an elephant

It turns out washing a school bus that's been sitting out all winter is not as simple as I thought. First, I turned the kids (8 and 11) loose on it. The bottom four feet are pretty clean on one side now. Then, I got a ladder and started scrubbing the parts of the top I could reach. It works, but it seems like there should be a better way. I also sprayed some automotive primer on some test sections to see how bumper stickers adhere.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Bus

There are many like it, but this one is ours. It's a 1984 Thomas Saf-T-Liner with a Caterpillar (Cat) 3208 engine and an Allison MT643 transmission. It smokes when you start it, but it clears up. We're converting this bus into an "RV" to drive to Burning Man and want to decorate it with as many stickers as we can obtain. We're getting some locally, but we'd like to have ones from all over. As we get them, we'll post pictures of each on the blog. If you'd like to participate, you can send them to:

Cover Our Bus
16625 Redmond Way, Ste. M
Redmond, WA 98052