Most people don’t have the patience to work on a single project for decades. Trillian and Kerry, a New Zealand couple who bought a decrepit 1960 Bedford SB3 bus over 30 years ago, have a near super-human ability to focus.
After buying the dilapidated bus from Auckland’s North Shore Ferries, the two worked on and off for 33 years to bring it to its present state.
Keith Levy, of The Flying Tortoise, met them at Northland’s Uretiti campground to photograph Trillian and Kerry’s unique achievement.
The original bus resembles a gazelle after a pack of lions have at it.
But it’s astonishing how things can change.
There’s a cozy bedroom in the back.
And a gorgeous wooden ceiling made of curved plywood.
Trillian and Kerry make a cameo.
Look at those hand-crafted window frames.
“Ye Olde Leyland”.
The couple hand-built this rear fender.
My hands ache just looking at all these rivets.
Awesome job Trillian and Kerry!
They say that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Now we know that an exquisite, hand-built bus conversion takes more than a day as well! (12,045 days to be exact).
You can see more amazing photos of campers, caravans, and just plain cool stuff at Keith’s website The Flying Tortoise.
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Photos courtesy Keith Levy