I’m a little on the late side this morning, I did pic processing first this morning because I have some neat tips to show you today… yeah, this one may be long and many ask me why I openly help folks and show some of the tricks I’ve learned over the years. To some business people who do custom labor they feel unique processes they have learned is what the value of their work is. Look, I understand that and if my business was doing one thing I may have to say and feel the same way but thats not it when it comes to working with these classic machines. No it’s to total volume of expertice, how to bring it all together… the understanding you get on the work you had just done… after you do it once you feel you’ve got it down hey and to a point that’s true but like I said it’s the total volume of the experiences I’ve had over these years.. that cannot be totally understood until you do it many more times, in different ways, on different coaches with different colors, different use goals and different budgets. THAT’S the stuff I bring to our restorations and sorry but there’s no way to shove all you need to know going into your project so I’m not really concerned that my worth is limited to just the few things I need to understand to do a complete or even updating one of these coaches. MAN, did I drag that point out.. sorry but here’s the thing and saying this I want all of you to understand I know this going in… I have no problem showing how some things are done… it’s just one part of our work and if I can help you guys out there dealing with your coach hey… Waite Phillips… I’ve told you this before …but he was the namesake of Phillips Petroleum who gave 118,000 acres to the Bot Scouts which call the Ranch “Philmont” once said “if you want something to always be recognized as something you did, give it away”, so guys when you see that someone is copying some of the things we do and how we do it remember he is supporting our work here at the Co-op and wether he gives the propers or not, we’ll all know and hey, that’s enough for me…… so shut up Jim and get to it…. you’re right so take a look at a couple of today’s tips… got your sharpie and paper… good:
I’ve been lax in my job to bring you neat new stuff.. sorry
Dangit if the computer didn’t shut down for updates! Sorry and with that much coffee in you now it may be a good idea to come back here later when it’s all up… I’m you’re doing that… see ya later and for those brave souls sticking it out while I plunk here.. stap in it may be a bumpy ride…..
So what do we find over at Kevin’s cocoon this morning, if you remember when we were last in here he had taped off a terget for his grinder on Ron’s beautiful orange paint job… Because this 23′ coach will be outfitted inside with a “twin bed” with the frig on the passenger side at the head of the bed, our frig side vent location is right where the vertical body seam is, our option is to resize the side vent to fit our location. We use the standard available reverse louver vent widely available. I like doing custom stuff but I want it made from off shelf parts and something that can be reproduced if something happens. So here is the vent we use (you can see the original vent on the side low on RC’s coach) . Using this vent Kevin cuts out a center section to the width of vent we need then using a 2 part epoxy glue bond the 2 pieces together then sand the epoxy smooth on the surface where the seam will go away. Vwala…. a correct size vent . Next Kevin sands, preps with adhesion promoter then will base and clear.. wet sand and buff the vent and that will be done. He’s also prepping the new MaxVent for paint. There’s been a pile of comments on Facebook recently about roof vents. As you can see, this 14×14″ opening is offset on the unit. The neat thing about this vent is fully open no rain can get in and it’s a super low profile open or closed. To use them though you must take into consideration the longer footprint to the back. .
And you know I have a pile more stuff ….. I have a walkthrough the interior of David’s coach “Chauncey” , Ben F. was here and we have a very clear picture of where we’re going, I’ve got why we should be happy we work with a GMC and not an Airstream….. I’ve Got RC stopping by for a confab today too so let me say I’ll do my best to put more in here today but it may be tomorrow morning…. gotta go right now, UPS just pulled up and 2 phone just started ringing… the day is on, see ya later…