Fernando Lopez

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Now it's finally beginning to look like the #MicheMobil. The bottom on this piece contains the drainage hole so that beer doesn't get everywhere.

Here is the heart of the #MicheMobil, the huge cooler containing 120 feet of cool per tap.

This is Sebastian's work bench. He told me tons of great car stories from in here. It's also one of the only pictures I have of the incredibly ugly floor that became an enemy of mine, and which I spent hours and hours cleaning on my knees with hand brushes and chemicals.

The beer taps on the side are built from a jockey box. If you're not familiar with a jockey box, it's a simple concept. The keg is connected into a tube. The tube then connects to a stainless steel coil that wraps around itself over and over again. This cool is what's indie of the cooler, and is then submersed in ice. The goal is to cool the beer as much as possible from the time the beer comes out of the keg, to the time it comes out of the tap, so the longer the coil the better. My coils are about 120 feet long each. Plenty of time to get cold.

This is the first time we ever opened up the top. You can see how much reinforcement was put into this piece. Sebastian was concerned the top would twist while in motion, and since the tv was going to be screwed into this piece, he figured he'd better go a bit over the top. Pun intended.

Even after the top was cut, it took a while to ever open it up. First, he had to reinforce the frame. This part took way longer than I though. Sebastian explained the importance of reinforce my when taking off that much of the body. Because we slid away the existing frame's reinforcement, he had to compensate by adding a lot of bars everywhere. I still think he went overboard, but you don't argue with someone with his much experience.

My good friend and genius Sebastian Dominguez came on board to transform this piece of junk into what would become the MicheMobil. It was his job to take the crude sketch, and figure out how to make it actually do what was on paper.

Why a VW bus? When I was little and living in Mexico, these bad boys would come around and pick me up to go to school. VW buses would also up a lot of working class people and take them to work. It was the means of many to provide, and that always stuck with me.

In the beginning, there was a sketch in a notebook made in the lobby of the Line Hotel in the heart of Korea Town. I knew I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, and something that would surprise everyone who would see it. What's better than a VW bus with beer taps, a TV, speakers, and a built in DJ booth?