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The Big Glow Bus Project  So this past Christmas night I was sitting with my family and enjoying the holidays, in the back of mind was an eBay listing I had been following for the previous few days that was just too good to pass up. The listing was for a 2002 Ford E450 shuttle bus with a 7.3L Diesel Powerstroke engine and at 11:00pm Christmas night 2016 I became the proud owner. Two weeks later I was down in the Florida Keys to pick it up and drive it back up north.

 

 

Bus in Sarasota bus in tampa Bus2 Busback

 

The first stop: to Tampa for a new paint job. For this task the amazingly talented Yeison Restrepo will be helping me some retro future street art that I will cover with glow accents. Here is what the design for the passenger side will be:

 

 

Design

 

Next it was time to tape it up and line it out:

 

Bus5   Bus3    Bus1   Bus7

 

Then it was time for some color:

 

 

Bus9    Bus10

Bus11  Bus13

Before we broke for the night this is what it looked like:

Bus14 Bus15 Bus19   Bus21

Bus20

Onto a new day where we will finish the main side and start work on the rest of the bus!

 

Bus22  Bus24

Bus23   Bus25

Bus26 Bus27

 

 

Bus28 Bus29 Bus30 Bus31

 

And then some background color

Bus32 Bus33 Bus34 Bus36

Bus37 Bus38

After we finished up painting the bus and after I had enough time hanging out with their amazing 9 month old, I traveled up north to the upstate of South Carolina where I will be finishing the rest of the conversion over the next month. It is going to be a long haul and I don’t expect it to be easy but I am excited about what it will hold.

And here is my stealth vehicle in route to my destination:

Bus41

Once I got it home I needed to clean out the vehicle and see what we were looking at in the inside of it. I had drawn up plans for the conversion and made a little sketch of what I wanted to do, but the measurements were all approximate. Now I have a chance to get inside and see what needs working.

 

Bus39     Bus40

 

Here is a video walkthrough of the bus before I started work, I will be uploading more videos as I move along with the conversion.

 

The wheel wells on each side present the most difficult challenge for doing this conversion because they rise about six inches off the ground and aren’t secure for fixing anything to. The wiring is incredibly complex but with enough time staring at the wiring schematic I may be able to figure it out. What I thought would be best would be to start working on the wood framing for things that could get out the way or need to be in a particular space. The murphy bed seemed like the perfect thing to start work on since it could move out of the way once it is created.

Bus42         Bus43

 

 

 

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Ongoing Glow Tour

 

2013 Road Map

There seems to always be another show to get to or another festival to set up at for us and over the past few years we have visited dozens of music events across the country. Here are some of the events we have on the docket for this year and a listing of many of the shows we have done in years past: Stay tuned for our schedule for this year! Events We have Secured (We are waiting to hear from many many other festivals)

  • Okeechobee Music Festival–Okeechobee, FL
  • (Applied) Euphoria–Austin, TX
  • (Applied) Beyond Wonderland–San Bernadino, CA
  • (Applied) Summercamp–IL
  • Tipper and Friends–Down on the Suwannee River
  • (Applied) Dreamscape–Darlington, MD
  • (Applied) Infrasound–Highbridge, WI
  • (Applied) Sonic Bloom–Buena Vista, CO
  • (Applied) What The Festival–Oregon
  • Electric Forest–Rothbury, MI
  • (Applied) Bass Coast–Merritt, BC
  • (Applied) Woogie Weekend–Silverado, CA
  • (Applied) Bass Camp–Lake Tahoe, CA
  • (Applied) Shambhala–Salmo, BC
  • Symbiosis Gathering–Oregon
  • Burning Man

Previous events 2016

  • Okeechobee Music Festival–Okeechobee, FL
  • Electric Forest Festival–Rothbury, MI
  • Camp Bisco Music Festival–Scranton, PA
  • Vertex Music Festival, Buena Vista, CO
  • North Coast Music Festival, Chicago, IL
  • Symbiosis Gathering–Oakton, CA
  • Hulaween Music Festival–Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL

2015

  • Aura Music and Art Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Wakarusa Music Festival – Ozark, AR
  • Electric Forest Festival – Rothbury, MI
  • Camp Bisco Music Festival – Scranton, PA
  • Hulaween Music Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL

2014

  • Aura Music and Art Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Counterpoint Music Festival – Kingston Downs, GA
  • Purple Hatter’s Ball – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Wakarusa Music Festival – Ozark, AR
  • Electric Forest Festival – Rothbury, MI
  • Hudson Music Project – Saugerties, NY
  • Rootwire Music and Arts Festival – Tripps Farm, WV
  • Gratifly Music and Arts Festival – Avalon, SC
  • Summer Set Music Festival – Summerset, WI
  • North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL
  • Mystic Sanctuary Festival – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MI
  • Suwannee Hulaween – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Bear Creek Music Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Lights All Night – Dallas, TX

2013

  • Aura Music and Art Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Purple Hatter’s Ball – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Wakarusa Music Festival – Ozark, AR
  • Electric Forest Festival – Rothbury, MI
  • Big What Music Festival – North Carolina
  • Camp Bisco – Saugerties, NY
  • Allgood Music Festival – Thornville, OH
  • Gratifly Music Festival – Avalon, SC
  • Rootwire Music Festival – Athens, OH
  • Camp Barefoot – Bartow, WV
  • North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL
  • Hyperion Music Festival – Indiana
  • Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MI
  • Suwannee Hulaween – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Bear Creek Music Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Lights All Night – Dallas, TX

2012

  • Aura Music Festival – Lake City, FL
  • Impulse Music Festival – Georgia
  • Electric Forest Festival – Rothbury, MI
  • Gnarnia Music Festival – Black Mnt, NC
  • Rootwire Music Festival – Athens, OH
  • Counterpoint Music Festival – Kingston Downs, GA
  • Bear Creek Music Festival – Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL
  • Lights All Night – Dallas, TX