Originally built as a mobile bakery for Loafers Bakery in Central Washington, the bus is comprised of body parts of four Volkwagen buses and one beetle.  

The body is one and two thirds buses long.  The front bus ends behind the second long window.  It was built -to the best of my knowledge- in the late 199o's early 2000's, but was used little as the bakery went under a short time after completion.  I found the bus first on a blog, which lead me to ad on Portland's craigslist...

I purchased the limo just two days after finding it on the internet and the tow truck dropped in front of our house that evening.  Underestimating the amount of work needed to get this beast back on the road is an understatement.  We never would of began the project if we had even a remote estimate of the labor and expense required to get the wheels spinning again.  Our original plan was to get it driving and use it for some partying and maybe a Burning Man festival before doing the body and interior restoration.  That said, however, after dissecting the bus and further evaluating the cost of reviving the drivetrain alone and the mandatory rust repair up on the beetle, it was concluded that it would all have to be done together.  And so it began... After working on it casually the first couple months and tearing what was left of the drivetrain apart, we concluded that pretty much every functioning part of the entire drivetrain needed to be rebuilt or replaced.  This included a full overhaul and rebuild of the brakes, new master brake cylinder, new motor (came without one), new transaxle, new CV joints and axles, new front beam, rebuilding of the steering, rewiring, new starter and refurbishment of gas tank and replacement of lines.  Literally every part of the drivetrain needed substantial work and investment.  And that was just the drivetrain.  The decade prior to my purchase, Fiona basically functioned as a backyard playground.  There were dents all around the body and rust holes coming through the beetle, and a gutted interior with rust from the numerous open holes in the ceiling. It emerged that what we envisioned to be a big project, was actually going to be a huge, time-consuming task. About a year after purchasing the bus I decided to move back up to Bellingham, WA to finish college and found a small garage up there to move the bus into.  This is where the majority of the restoration and the building of the interior took place. Between friends and myself we were able to complete nearly all the different aspects of this project.  I decided early on I would consider this a canvas to learn.  It was my first time with mechanics, body work, and painting.  Working alongside Ebin on the interior, Melina on the upholstery, Tim and Scott building the engine and Kelly during the fiber-glassing taught me lifelong skills. Ken, owner of The Bus Co. was instrumental on identifying the various years of vehicles and axles used. He sold me loads of reasonable used parts, and inside tips only a life-long bus expert could give. The bus took over two years to get fully restored and built into a limousine.  Though every step of the project proved more time consuming and expensive than estimated, the hard work pays itself off when you see the smiles and hear the hysterical comments of fellow motorists. This project was only a success because of the many talented and highly skilled friends that gave Fiona their love.  Fiona and I owe the biggest thanks to them.
  • Old newspaper clipping of the bus. Caption reads “Just how many Volkswagen buses died to make this stretch version, spotted recently in Stevenson? The owner was not around to say.