An exciting day… I’m going for an extended test drive in the 6.5 GM turbo-diesel this morning. I had it just sitting out there for the drive yesterday but can you believe it… I could not break away from the goings on even to do something as cool as that! Oh…. it’s just a shame, but I’ll survive… just too much neat stuff being thrown at me all at the same time!!! WOW, this is fun!
But that’s not the subject for today… Coming in I get the flavor for the day… a pile of GMC’s greet me it’s interior work being done on 2 coaches simultaneously. This morning with the lights on low, the shop is an earie place…way over is one of the objects of our frustration right now… that 23′ rear bath Birchaven of Bill. D. Every morning I can see the progress of the coach coming together Still putting the exterior together, Hans and the guys are shaping up Bill’s interior
I’m not sure what’s going on but my web site program is posting pics slowly. I have a bunch t show but it may be tomorrow….
The last pic is on the rear bath 23′ interior… this is NOT a full restoration.. it started as a “foof-up” (highly technical term in the industry) then it went to what I would call a stage 1 restoration of paint but now knowing the coach will be a show coach, we’re going a little further on the interior. Yes, the colors are woods and light tan … sort of dating it… but this is to be a clean “restomod” so more traditional colors are good here. I’ve found some pretty interesting LED light fixtures… stay tuned for that.
On to the second coach is Willie & Nancy’e “Savoy Brown”. I keep showing you this ^%$#@ frig cabinet but it IS coming together Got the systems monitor modules in and wired yesterday Left to right we have the new systems monitor we have for $75. It will read 2 holding tanks (we’re only using 1), fresh water, LP (we’re going with a double tank system so nix this readout too but that’s OK). Reads voltage and has the fresh water pump switch. A pretty neat little package. The middle panel holds an AC volt/amp readout plus a DC voltage readout. This is something new we’re doing. The right panel is the generator control. It’s configured for the original Onan generator but can be rewired for a Honda. Those are like $60 with an LCD (no ticky) hour meter. All of this will give Willie and Nancy a good idea on systems in the coach. Above the frig it needs to be accessible but not overbearing.
More on these as we go. You will also start seeing a really exciting project that’s been packed away since moving into our new digs. We’ve been biding our time, getting everything ready for this sizable project to really get going. Cedric from the UK wants it all…. when I say that he is building a restomod for the next 20 years. One of the GM 6.5 Torbo-diesel drive trains, a diesel generator like the last diesel I’ll be test driving BTW today….. but the interior is going vacuum form… Yes, the medium works and we’re doing the same process we’re doing as the coach for Willie & Nancy. So Cedric is coming from mechanical where the motor is being outfitted to our exterior shop for some suitable colors This is a 1973 number 41 off the assembly line… and we can tell. There is some body repair. I’ll show you the entry door tomorrow which seems to have unglued itself! Ahhh but this is the best bones and the most unique provenance I’ve ever seen. THIS will be one for the books. Stay tuned tomorrow for progress on this project.
So I guess this should have been called a tale of 3 coaches…. hey, what can I say… and there’s more going on than this!!!!
JD’s sideswiped coach is getting some love Outside now… this is the time of your we live here for, coming home from the new purchase JD was sideswiped …. it’s all better now
We’ll be doing a complete refinish and color change but for now there’s no sideswipe dents…..
Hope this helped several people happy for the day.. hop the rest of ya got something out of it too. It seems with less places on the internet to go to see carryings on like what we do here, we’re attracting more and more “Posers”….. thanks for that and welcome. This page is mostly hear for fun… some less than but all in good faith. Thanks for your support…..