Yes, we are at a point on Cedric’s #41 coach restoration where we blow the thing off and see what we have. What I mean is …. well let me go back a little and talk about that has happened to the coach to this point …. that way you can understand how things are going. I won’t drag this out but I feel it’s important. BTW, this will be how we’ll approach the talk about interior design at Dothan soon.
Destined to end up a dream machine for a very determined fellow in the UK, Cedric picked this machine specifically to show his affections on because IT is the 41st coach to come off the GM assembly line back in 1973. I was told the first 50 were used internally for DOT and other testing. This historic machine could be THE one engineers used to figure out the coach! Yes boys and girls, we could be in the presence of a celebrity… or at least a lab rat because it’s documented by the VIN plate which was put first… not last on the firewall having the heater system fitted OVER it! (note the original fluted rivets)
So anyway as we dug into the coach we could see how it was fitted… sorta like someone who didn’t know how to build it… the floor was built upside down and check it out… the stainless steel plate on the door of all 1973 coaches to adapt for the switched handle design….. is different shaped…. I think the top area is too big…. and made of aluminum!!!! WITH the original GMC logo badge still in place…. I’ve doted on this coach a bit before but guys… WOW!
Needless to say this coach would need more than a set of tires and an oil change so basically the interior came apart right down to replacing the upside down floor. I know it could have been called “provenance” but it was just wrong! With the interior down to it’s root mean the coach went under the exterior knife. Not needing any framework and with the knowledge we were installing one of the new Manny 6.5 GM turbo diesel drive trains into this historic machine…. I think carrying on with it’s historic roots….
Exterior refinish was next…. it had to come apart and it did The roof was stripped and was actually completely finish.. based and cleared Then the fun began on body repair. Repair and sanding…… now up to today and #41 has come out in the light of day for a dust off from it’s reconstruction. My day is on so I’m posting these pics and I gotta go… see ya tomorrow…
I had to comment on this one… Jay, my partner, is brushing the dust off the windshield so he could see to pull forward