Even with winter well underway here in Anchorage, we have been making progress on all things bus! All of the opening windows were removed, resealed and reinstalled to fix leaks which had developed over the last 50 years. It took some time to find all the original parts but the internet is like Harry Potter's room of requirement for those who persevere. Vintage Trailer Supply in Santa Fe, NM carries all sorts of parts for these old windows since they were used in Air Stream trailers of the same era. Upgraded 12 volt electrical wiring is being installed now and the old 12 volt and 120 volt interior lighting has been upgraded to snazzy new, power-efficient LED lights while maintaining the original character of the vintage 1960's light fixtures.
We have sourced pecan paneling from a local small business, Alaska Hardware Specialties to replace that damaged by the leaking windows and will soon start on the interior woodwork renovation. The goal is to keep as much of the original wood as possible as it positively glows with history and stories of adventure.
Our tires got a clean bill of health! For those who don't know, big truck tires like those on the Brain Bus are very expensive and very critical for safety. The Brain Bus runs on 6 of these tires. Dave, from another local small business, Diversified Tires in Wasilla, came into town and gave the bus tires a once over and told us we were good to go and gave Adam a quick tutorial in truck tires. Thank you Dave!
Next up is installation of batteries, solar panels and all the associated bits and bobs sourced from a local, veteran-owned small business, Long Spring Solar in Eagle River. The owner, Jason, designed the system, sourced the components and has courageously offered to brave the cold and help with the installation. It is time to shovel off the bus roof again!
Weekend by weekend, we get closer and closer to being ready to hit the road!