School Bus

Equipping and traveling in a vegetable oil powered school bus.

I purchased this 1989 GMC school bus for $500 in the fall of 2008 and modified it to accommodate passengers for a series of road trips. As I traversed the vast American landscape, the need for fuel efficiency and greater self-reliance became increasingly evident. To this end, with the help of a few friends I designed, built, and installed a system for running the bus’s diesel engine on waste vegetable oil; a free and abundant resource that I collected from roadside restaurants.

The following photographs provide a sense of its various parts, passengers, and purposes.

Packing in Philadelphia

Packing in Philadelphia

Woods in Tennessee

Woods in Tennessee

Leaving New Orleans

Leaving New Orleans

Snow in Providence

Snow in Providence

Travel Buddies

Travel Buddies

Through the Backwoods

Through the Backwoods

Friends Hanging Out

Friends Hanging Out

Fuel Valves for Veggie Oil

Fuel Valves for Veggie Oil

Veggie Oil Filtering

Veggie Oil Filtering

Driving

Driving