A dad from Birmingham has hit the road in his new barber shop converted from a 1980s school bus with a fascinating past.

Daniel Price, 28, is hoping to cut it in the local barbers’ scene with his new vintage “barber bus”, which he’s kitted out with everything he needs – from a 1950s chair to a sink and even a waiting area.

The bus, a Ford Transit MK2 Dormobile, has been carefully refurbished while maintaining its unique features to show off its history.

The vehicle was originally a school bus, adapted for disabled students and was later painted blue and used to transport alien hunters on UFO spotting tours.

Daniel, who is from Selly Oak but now lives in north Solihull, told BirminghamLive: “I’ve been a barber in the Chelmsley Wood area for nearly seven years now.

“There have been a lot of changes to the job since Covid and I thought let’s see if I can do it on my own.

“I got in touch with a few people I knew in the classic car world and was able to acquire this 1980s bus. It was a school bus up until 2018 and then it was used as a UFO spotting bus touring the UK.

“I think there have been a couple of barber shops in vans before but I don’t think anyone’s done a retro barber shop in a vintage bus.

“The bus is 41 years old now and some of the stuff inside is nearly 70 years old so it’s all really classic.”

The soon-to-be father of four classes himself as an “old school barber”, cutting hair in a way to suit the person rather than following the latest trend, and he wanted his new shop to reflect that.

Daniel has re-positioned the original school bus seats to create a waiting area inside and has kept the wheelchair lift at the back, which he hopes to bring back into use.

He’s also maintained the two-tone blue and orange paintwork as well as the old school bus stickers.

The former musician opened the bus doors to customers on Wednesday, parked in a permanent spot in a layby off Chester Road in Smiths Wood, and he’s already had a huge response from intrigued locals.

But Daniel has his sights set on expanding the business, with the ultimate dream being a pitch at Glastonbury.

“It’s just me working on the bus at the moment but I am looking to expand into a permanent shop within the next two years,” he said.

“I’ll still keep the bus and hopefully use it for festivals. I’d love to jump onto Glastonbury and do cuts at festivals but I do want to carry on in the Chelmsley Wood area.

“Now that I’m up and running, there has been a lot of interest already and we’re hoping Christmas week is going to be a busy one.”

Prices range from £15 for a men’s cut, £10 for kids and £5 for a beard shape-up.

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