An Update on the Wander Truck May 17, 2015 12:18

I know some of you have been curious about the progress we are making on the Wander Truck.

In a perfect world the truck would have been ready for it's debut by now. But that's not always how things work. After spending a few more weeks than expected hanging with the mechanic, the truck returned home and we got to work on converting the back from your standard FedEx set up, to something a little more boutique-like.

This is my helper, Keegan. He's my younger brother, just returned home from 2+ years in the Peace Corps in Africa. He was head of the construction crew. Which basically consisted of him, myself, my husband and this guy.

We had lots of demo to do before we could get started on the construction. And lots of FedEx remnants to clean up/tear out.

Tearing out the old, aluminum shelves was the worst part. Many of them were riveted in to the sides of the truck and we had to drill them out.

Let's just say my knowledge of power tools has greatly expanded in the past few weeks. And I have made more trips than I care to count to our local home improvement stores.

Once we got everything out, we gave the whole truck and thorough cleaning. 20+ years of dirt and grime is pretty gross. But in the midst of all that, I did find a single Scrabble tile with the letter "L" on it. Since my first name is Laura I'm taking that as a sign of good luck.

 Here is the cleaned out photo of the back, before we started construction.

Then it was time for more shopping. This time for wood to build a frame, that would later support the plywood walls. And some insulation.

Framing in progress.

And nearly complete! (Excuse the mess).

Then more of what we do best...shopping for supplies. This time it was for plywood for the walls.

(This is our buddy Carlos from the local Lowes. He's the man! And our new best friend.)

Drywall was out of the question because it would crack with the movement and temperature fluctuation. So we opted for the plywood panels with a nice grain. I'm in the process of whitewashing these panels now, but more on that in the next update.

Here are the walls installed.

There were a lot more steps to get from buying the plywood to having it installed, but they involved a lot of swearing when things didn't fit, a small black eye, and two very tired laborers, so let's skip that and admire the finished product!

Next up is paint, flooring, installing fixtures and some other exciting work that we're leaving up to professionals. Photos and another recap coming soon!