Yes, you read that properly, The bus is done and we are serving food officially for the first time on Wednesday December 19th at the Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg from 5-10pm. I am so excited to have this rig out on the road and the Blue Sparrow crew serving up delicious food for everyone. This has been a long and exciting journey and it is good to see the end of the build.
Above you will see pictures of what the bus looks like from the outside now that is complete. The logos and lettering on the out side were done by Cam Schmidt who has been a friend of the truck for a few years now. Cam’s ability to see this bus as a blank canvas and bring his vision for it to life is remarkable. We are so happy with how it turned out and how talented he is with a spray can.
The rest of this post is going to show some pictures of inside the bus during the installation of the ventilation, water, gas, and electrical systems. This is the part of the build where Kevin from Sugar and Spice Ice Cream truck really amazed us. He was given the task of putting a hood system in a bus with a round roof, and he knocked it out of the park. I was so nervous about how a hole in the roof would look before we dropped it off, but now I am so glad we trusted Kevin with this work. He is truly skilled in the art of making food truck and I highly recommend him if you are ever looking to do something crazy like this.
The side panel covering the battery compartment has been missing throughout this whole build. I had the piece, I just didn’t want to actually do the install of a rubber hinge on these doors. It is not a complicated thing to do, it is just stubborn. The rubber runs the length of the door and is screwed in through the aluminum track with set screws that are rusted out and stripped. This was just a tedious process of drilling out the screws, and trying to slide the old rubber hinge out (not as easy as it sounds) and cleaning the track for the new hinge. After about an hour of fighting and cutting, I was victorious and we now have a door to cover our batteries.
Below are photos of the water tanks and water pump that Kevin installed for us. The water pump is plugged into an outlet that has a built in timer to prevent our water pump from running long and burning out. We plumbed the whole system with Pex flexible piping and it works great for these tight areas.
This is the final post about this bus build and I want to thank you so much for following along. It was a really fun experience and I am glad I got to share it with you all. I hope to see you at the bus soon, the full schedule of where we will be serving is listed here at the blue sparrow website. Until then, stay tuned for other random posts, and God Bless!