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In May 2012, freelance Surf-craft builder Ryan Lovelace met a new love in the form an old Chevy bus from 1948. He named her Ophelia. His blog post about the day he bought her says it all:

Late May 2012 – The day I bought Ophelia. The 1948 Chevy bus I found on craigslist that was described as, Runs, Drives, Stops, Registered. That was all I had to know.

Since then, Ryan has worked tirelessly to refurbish Ophelia and has successfully turned her into his new rolling home.

A picture from the day he bought Ophelia.

A picture from the day he bought Ophelia.

As part of the refurbishment, Ryan added a bedroom pad to the top of the bus.

As part of the refurbishment, Ryan added a bedroom pad to the top of the bus.

The bedroom pad in its early stages of construction.

The bedroom pad in its early stages of construction.

Ryan”s inspiration for redesigning Ophelia was a DIY bus from a 1979 book called Rolling Homes.

Ryan

The view out from the finished bedroom pad.

The view out from the finished bedroom pad.

Wow. The finished interior of Ophelia looks amazing.

Wow. The finished interior of Ophelia looks amazing.

He also added a small antique stove.

He also added a small antique stove.

Ryan”s dog Herbie settling in.

Ryan

The second coming of Ophelia.

The second coming of Ophelia.

That”s it… I”m going to start looking on Craigslist for a 1948 bus of my own. Before you do the same, give me a head start by sharing this story below.

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