In light of Helga’s failing transmission, which becomes more and more imminent every day (I swear, huge amounts of smudging and singing to it were all that got us through Canada), I found a new van. It seemed at first to be exactly what I wanted: a ford econoline with the 351 engine and a bus body that you could stand up in, insulate, heat, and fill with shelves full of food and herbs. I saw it on craigslist for $3000 and I called even though I didn’t have the money.
The guy who answered the phone told me regretfully that the transmission had gone out that morning. The bus was in a remote area, and he was willing to tow it out to a main road, but not as far as a big city. His construction company was done with their job in that area and he needed to get all their equipment sold or shipped south in the next week. If I’d take it off his hands I could have it for a hundred dollars.
Luckily, the remote area it was in was very close to my mom’s house, so he towed it there. On arrival, it turns out that it has a diesel engine (the 7.2 or 7.23, it’s unclear) and I’m just not sure. Like, glowplugs? Is it going to start in the winter? People tell me it’ll be okay. It’s direct injected, so I should be able to run it on veggie oil, tho I won’t attempt that in the winter.
Hopefully I’ll be buying land and throwing up a cabin before winter, but if not I’ll have this spacious new home. Even if I do get land, this van/bus will be my home away from home when I go to the cities to make money. She’s got a wheelchair lift and everything. I’m planning on insulating her (reflectix? building out 2×4’s?), putting in a nice loft bed with lots of shelves and storage underneath, a wood stove, a big cushy chair, a rocking chair, a kitchen counter with a propane stove and a metal bowl sunk in as a sink, and lots of bookshelves and herb and food shelves.
Here she is: