A Beautiful Day for Sightseeing!
Pedro Gonzales, the main driver of Border Tours is on his way to the Arizona border with eight happy passengers and their hair blowing in the early-morning breeze. Below is an explanation of how the bus and the passengers were conceived and constructed:
- The bus body was made from a long gourd that I grew many years ago.
- Passengers and the driver were made from jewelry and small banana gourds.
- Fenders were made from pieces of a medium-size gourd.
- The headlights and rearview mirror holders are jewelry gourds.
- The front bumper is a piece of a medium-size gourd.
- The lenses and the rearview mirror are miniature mirrors.
- All five tires were made by slicing rings from a “people” gourd.
- All five wheels were made from black walnut.
- The hubcaps are made from pieces of jewelry gourds, plus the center of each hubcap is a 10mm cabochon of brown jasper.
- The dashboard and hood is an assembly of hardwoods.
- The chassis is a sheet of ¼” poplar with running boards.
- The steering wheel was made from a gourd part. The horn button is a 10mm cabochon of garnet.
- The cabin is readily removable from the chassis.
- The passengers can rotate 360 degrees.
- The overall length of the bus from front bumper to the rear spare tire is 18 inches.
Vaya con Diós!