This is our beloved ‘Molly169′ the day we picked her up. In a previous life she was a Childrens’ school bus commissioned in Kempsey, NSW and belonged to the ‘Busways fleet’. Her fleet number was 169.
When we purchased Molly, she was still in service and we were confident she was in great condition for her age. All registered NSW school buses must pass strict safety and mechanical inspections twice a year due to the precious cargo they carry.
Over the past year my awesome husband Jack has stripped and gutted the bus and slowly turned it into our new home, building everything himself by hand. It’s a work in progress, and although there is a lot of cosmetic things still to do all of the structural jobs are just about done. We have had a bunch of unexpected hold-ups and family matters to take care of but finally we are very close to moving in permanently and couldn’t be happier!!
In the coming weeks I will be creating a gallery of the progress of our bus to share with you, and be adding a Q&A section for all of those burning questions you have. (how DID they do that????)
Until then, happy travels!
On the 18th of August (about 3 weeks ago) we finally went ‘full time’ in our bus, and haven’t looked back! We did a 4000+km road trip to Victoria and back via the Snowy Mountains, and couldn’t bare to go back to our boring house in a crappy suburb- so we didn’t. It was a bit of a leap of faith as there are still a few things to do to make her ‘liveable’, but we have made do just fine. Our washing machine decided to give up the ghost just as we moved in. Luckily a dear friend gave us one she wasn’t using and it’s literally plonked in between the seats in the bus at the moment! I can’tbelieve it’s been 3 weeks already, I have a feeling a year will tick by in no time 🙂