Wow, what a weekend…. between getting Andy out in open water, we had a pickup that didn’t happen which may be a new project many of you may be interested in.
Before all that though the delivery of Rock the Alps is complete and it’s out on the road for a 2 month journey around the US After a few days of learning what to do they were ready to hit the road…. From Switzerland they are off for a REAL vacation here in the states They coach… ready to go and nice! You betcha
One more bit of housekeeping, JD’s coach has started it’s base colors. Here you see the first, smallest color red sprayed on with a small pot fine jam gun We have a unique paint scheme … stay tuned for more
NOW, lets talk about a project many of you could be interested in. This centers around a very low mileage coach (42,000) that has been loved and in the fame family since it was new. The Dad showed his sone the fun of RV travelling, the son is now using the same coach to do the same thing with his sons … a great win/win story. Over the past several years we repainted the coach in exact color and stripe layout… the interior is all but original, it could be called a real “time tunnel” coach! Lately.. over the past year…. the motor has been acting up, first it blew out it’s intake manifold gasket from crankcase pressure we assumed. Hey, the motor is getting a little loose. This last time it came in it had done a great job getting Matt and his family out but they really had a battle getting back. The motor just would not perform.
Bringing the coach in last week we found much oil in the air cleaner, the disctributer was full of oil and wiped out and the carb choke was damaged. The motor had backfired blowing it’s Remflex exhaust gaskets and the mufflers were blown up. Hmmmmm…….
Does some of this sound familiar? Do you have a proud survivor coach that the motor has low miles but is just not hacking it! We KNOW the timing chain stretches at 70-90K miles. We KNOW if compression is mow we have loose fitting rings and we KNOW when we have low oil pressure the main and rod bearing tolerance is open…. we know all of this but if the motor is still together, hasn’t overheated, hasn’t broken something on the road…. in other words has seen no trauma and as in the case of this coach the intake gasket blowing out stopping the motor right there is a saving factor…. no trauma and with so few of miles, these could be some integrity left in the motor we can use. In other words I think Matt’s Dad is still in there and just needs a little help to get going again taking his grandkids out for fun. I want to pull this drive train, open the motor up, investigate and maybe Matt’s Dad can be saved!
This idea does NOT fly in the face of rebuilding motors, worn out motors need a better rebuild than the original and that’s what our new cam profile and roller valve train components do. But there can still be value in this motor. Yesterday I sat @ 5 miles from the shop waiting for Mr. Hook To carefully bring the coach back to the shop. This is the sort of tow truck that works well… an “wheel lift” This way the front wheels are picked up only a few inches not letting the rear of the coach to drag. Back to the shop all good this project will begin soon The coach is too nice to just let sit, it has a job this summer to take the Grandkids to the beach… we need to get Matt’s Dad back out there…. stay tuned and follow the “yellow banana” as we do what we can…..
So I just couldn’t help taking this pic this morning as I came in. As you know we build and maintain limousines for companies here in Orlando. This one was dropped off last night……… It’s longer than our motorhomes!!!! INSANE!!!!!!!!!
See Ya Tomorrow…….