No matter how talented or how efficient Michael was, he admitted he made some mistakes along the way. Take the roof, for example. He wished he would have left it as it was. Tearing it apart just lead to more issues and problems, and he felt he could have come up with a different solution.
He said that removing the bars and panels was a huge mistake, and the new roof, although looked great and enabled him to walk around freely in the bus, made the structure slightly less stable and a little less reliable. And this was not all. An unstable roof was the least of his problems.
The Challenges Were Increasing
You may think that constructing and designing a bus is all fun, but in reality, there are more frustrating and challenging moments than fun and enjoyable ones. Things can turn ugly within no time and become dangerous even to the most experienced people out there.
Simple tasks, such as fixing a pipe, changing a light bulb, or using any electrical equipment, cannot be done just like that and require special attention. Michael had to take extra precautions, and occasionally he got a professional to do the work for him. Next on Michael's to-do list were the big questions he was avoiding from the start.
Stripping It All Apart
The key components of the bus could either be kept as they were or stripped apart completely. If they were kept and not touched, he would end up with a driveable bus, well, at least that's what it would look like from the outside, and Michael wasn't sure that's what he wanted.
Anything that had to do with the engine was challenging for Michael too. He managed to mess up the steering wheel and one day found himself stuck in the mud, where it was almost impossible for him to get out. We can't imagine what it must have been like to try and rescue a bus with no power steering.
Things Had to Go On
His body was not in great shape. He might have been working too hard and more than what his body could cope with, and he began to suffer from injuries and wounds. All this was making him work slower, and things were sliding out of schedule, however, he put on a brave face and continued the work.
Michael said, "First side done. Easily the most painful and bloody part of the build. Got a sweet permanent scar on my fore arm from when one of these steel sheets fell and sliced my arm open. Don't worry, I'll spare you the gory photos!"
Panels on the Roof
Being energy efficient was very important for Michael. He wanted to be as green as possible, recycle and reuse as many components as he could, and the next stage was installing solar panels. One thing Michael didn't know was that this was going to be the hardest part of the entire refurbishment.
Not only that — all the other friends who helped Michael out and shared their talent and abilities were preoccupied, so Michael found himself all alone on the most laborious aspect. It was now even harder than he thought it could be, and Michael had to find a way of doing this most efficiently.