Our Bus

Some people in our world-wide audience may not be familiar with our bus, so here’s some background to give you some idea of how we’re “roughing it”.

We bought our bus in 1996. It is a 1957 PD 4104 that was a Greyhound in Florida in its previous life and was already converted, but we have slowly changed almost everything. I have replaced the engine with a newer 671 4 valve turbo.

Building New Engine

Dropping in the piston and cylinders

New Engine

Putting some time on the new engine before installation

Our electricity comes from solar panels on the roof. We have large water and sewer tanks on board, so can be self-sufficient for weeks at a time.

Inside, the bus is our haven with all the comforts of home. Many of its features have been designed and built by Calvin, so are unique to us and our bus. It is also cat-friendly, because we have brought our cat Spike with us on this trip. The advantage to having a bus with all the understorage is that we do not need so many interior cupboards that often make other RVs appear closed-in. We actually find it quite spacious and don’t feel like we’re in each other’s way; the bathroom door opens into the hallway, separating he who wants to stay up late watching TV from she who wants to go to bed and read for awhile. Spike has learned there’s a tunnel through the opened closet doors that allows him to visit Mama or Daddy when the bathroom door is opened. He knows how to access his litterbox in the understorage via a catdoor under the couch. Well, we all really enjoy our bus-house. It’s cosy, comfortable, functional, easy to clean, and appealing to the eye. We’re proud of our space, and generally welcome visitors to come see it. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what the fuss is about:

Driver’s Seat

Modified dash with extra gauges for the new turbo engine

Living Room/Office/Bus Theatre

Multi-purpose oak desk custom made by Calvin

Retro 50s Kitchen/Dining Room

Retro 50s Formica countertop with aluminum trim and backsplash; Console on upper right monitors “sun juice and stuff”

Spike’s Executive Washroom

The catdoor leads directly to Spike’s covered litterbox, accessible from outside for cleaning

Laundry Room

A view of the hallway closet without the sliding doors

Master Bedroom

Plenty of storage under the bed, which is covered by Leanne’s quilt, and in Calvin’s custom mahogany cabinets

About the only thing our bus-house lacks is a dishwasher, but that’s me 😉

Responses

  1. Your bus is incredible! It looks like something from a feature story in design magazines!

    I particularly like the fact that it makes use of solar power, is filled with customized features, and has so much of the storage in the undercarriage. You’re right: the undercarriage storage makes YOUR bus much more open than most.

    I’m also impressed with Leanne’s quilt (shown in the last photo).

    Wow!

  2. Hey you couple of snow-birds: Nice photos and interesting comments. Hope this finds you in good spirits and health. No snow yet!! We are also considering solar panals for “Compass Rose”, but I have to do a little research on them. Cal may have a few pointers on what to watch out for and some suggestions as to what size we should get. I’m leaning towards two panals. The bus roof is already wired for the panals, although I’m not sure what type wire was used. Anyway, travel on and enjoy. It’s all so short you need to enjoy each day. We will visit your site as often as we can and keep in touch with you two!! See you on the road one day soon…..Pieter/Sally

  3. Calvin,
    Can you give me info on your turbo 671.
    how does it fit, did you have to modify the firewall?
    I just bought a fresh 671 4 valve engine set up for a turbo. It has the turbo pistons and the blower is geared according.
    What exhaust manifold and intake manifold did you use?
    What about the air filter and associated plumbing.
    any info would help.
    Thanks,
    John
    PD4104-1859

  4. Calvin.

    The whole conversion looks great.
    The engine looks great, I also want to enquire more about the turboed 671? Any problem fitting it? What did it cost how long did it take?
    What size water tanks do you have and how are they arranged.
    I have owned a 4104 for 21 years, traveled some. But we hpe to travel more and would like more power and more water.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    John and Tami.

    PS I would like to travel a lot in Mexico. But Tami is feeling that it may not be to safe?

  5. Hey guys….love your site 🙂 We’re fellow busnuts. We have a 1980 GM 4905. You can check our bus out from the about us link on our website. Always have a space for a fellow GMer if you get through Tucson.

  6. Wow! Who wouldn’t like to live on a bus like that?!!
    Enjoy your trip!
    LOL from Buenos Aires!

  7. love your blog. Do you have anymore pics of the turbo conversion.

  8. Nice blog. I’m currently living in my 4106 in Marina seca Guaymas while I work on my sailboat. I’ve always wanted to do a trip like yours and have a friend in playa del carma I would like to go visit.If you stop in san carlos Email me and I’ll let you know the ins and outs Thanks Gary

  9. yes very very nice rig very neatand tidy well! done enjoy your trips wherever you go with it good on you .

  10. This two angels helped me fixing my Van to get back home from the beach. I was very honored to have their visit last night when they rented the studio for the night. I found Leanne swinging in the hammoc looking at the palapa ceiling with a big smile. They stayed at the room where everything started in casamara.

    They are an adventurous, generous, interesting, smart, helpful, kind, loving couple. Buen Viaje!

  11. I am also a busnut, and Mexico is also in my future plans.

    I have a question about your ceiling. What material did you use? Your bus looks great.

    Thanks.
    Larry Nelson
    Springfield, MO
    GM 4106

  12. QUERIDO AMIGO, SOMOS LA FAMILIA MONTOYA ESTUVIMOS AYER EN OAXACA, NOS FUIMOS PRONTO POR QUE EL RV ANDAVA FALLANDO LO LLEVE HASTA EL CERRO FORTIN Y DE AHI SE ME OCURRIO PONERLE UN CABLE DE LA BOBINA A LA BATERIA Y HEMOS LLEGADO A HUAJUAPAN LOS NIÑOS ESTAN CONTENTOS POR QUE LLEGAREMOS DE VACACIONES A CANCUN O A CATEMACO. ENVIAMOS SALUDOS QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA Y FELIZ NAVIDAD PRONTO NOS VOLVEREMOS A VER

  13. HOLA FELIZ NAVIDAD, ESPERAMOS QUE ESTEN BIEN Y QUE LA ESTAN PASANDO DE MARAVILLA, QUIERO QUE SEPAN QUE PARA NOSOTROS FUE MUY BUENO CONOCERLOS YA QUE ESTABAMOS UN POCO DESANIMADOS YA QUE NUESTRO MOTORHOME ESTABA FALLANDO Y YA HABIAMOS TENIDO UNA EXPERIENCIA MALA CON OTRO MOTOR DE LA RENAULT Y AHORA CON ESTE CHEVROLET ESTAMOS MEJOR PERO AL CONOCERLOS Y SABER SU HISTORIA NOS DA ANIMOS PARA SEGUIR ADELANTE CON NUESTRA VIDA EN UN CAMION CASA Y ASI COMO USTEDES TAMBIEN HEMOS DECIDIDO VIVIR EN NUESTRO CASA RODANTE ES UN POCO DIFICIL POR QUE TENEMOS TRES HIJOS PEQUEÑOS, Y USTEDES AL CONOCERLOS NOS SIRVEN DE INSPIRACION PARA CONTINUAR NUESTRA AVENTURA SEGUIREMOS EN CONTACTO QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA Y PRONTO ESTAREMOS NUEVAMENTE EN OAXACA HASTA PRONTO

  14. Cal, enjoyed meeting you at the APEX show in vegas last week. Just had to check out your website as I was intrigued by the bus conversion, not to mention my frequent travels to Mexico.
    Have yet to make it as far south as Oaxaca, but I hear it’s a beautiful place.
    Might run into each other in the future as I see the LPMS as viable business in Mexico.
    keep in touch.
    Don ‘cocina’ Kitchen.

  15. Hi Leanne & Calvin, thanks for visiting our blog! The balloon indeed was spectacular, it was something we had always wanted to do (and yes, it saved us lots of climbing ;-))
    Our van is still going great, thanks again for the help. We are curious about your latest news! Keep in touch, Edwin & Tineke


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