“If you stand still in any business you are moving backwards” and you have to be willing to try and try again if you want to be ahead, this is why I’ve tried things folks have called goofey….
How about double slides on a GMC with the door on the slide
The flat bed GMC or the 23′ and 26′ Duramax turbo-diesel/ Allison coaches
How bout the 21′ Sporty Shorty
and the 25′ Car hauler All of those projects had one thing in common…. people can talk about it all day but someone has to try it. Hey and I’m crazy enough to give it a go!
So here we are on yet another idea…. on our interiors, the GM Floorplan coaches had their interior panels preconstructed where the mass production UAW guys to put it together. The Transmodes (Coachmen Royale and Birchhaven, Midas, Avior, etc) were more a stick frame construction. Not modular as some thing the pieces were precut then assembled.
This is not been the SOP construction for the restoration industry which has to always be “cut… fit… finish and install one piece at a time”. This is very labor intensive. Here we go… another idea which someone has to try… not modular but single piece construction then assembly like the original GM floorplan coaches.
I had just too much fun with Willie yesterday pulling apart and prepping his and Nancies interior panels for lamination using a vacuum form process then we hope to reassemble it in their coach The problem with a left handed guy in a right haded tool world is the saw dust goes straight at you But with my close up “BCG” glasses as eye protection and replenishing my sweat outflow hey, what a blast… this idea just may work! .
Let me explain …. We cut and assembled the interior in a knockdown fassion, each panel screwed together from behind She needs a washer/dried, it’s built into the mix. Then yesterday we dismantled the interior with a screw gun Then Willie & I started in routing corners smooth and sanded each panel for their vacuum form finish These panels will be taken in my coach Larry to the vacuum form company for each panel to be finished with a woodgrain vacuum form finish similar to what was done to the original GM floorplan interior panels. Then we will get those panels back for reassembly and trim out. Here are some of the panels cut and sanded waiting for finishing . Not as much to cut labor but to offer a finish more factory based and finished not a “Cal Custom” but “Factory” looking finish but new… all new and all factory style finished.
Hell yes this is exciting and I feel worth trying. Nancy and Willie have drunk the punch on this one and I’ve committed to do the sweat equity… which BTW I lost 5 pounds yesterday in water weight…. to give this idea it just deserve.
We’re looking for a finish not possible before in the restoration process, custom one off but assembled not cut… fit… finish and install one board at a time. This interior IS cut, it will be production finished then screwed together kinda like that Ikea video cabinet you bought.
This I feel will be worth the labor. We have made basic patterns for cabinet components which may be able to build more in the future… not cookie cutter but the way you want it. I feel we have now this capability and by God I’m going for it!
You’ve watched us refinish the exterior of this 26′ coach from this to this and now this Now follow this new interior….. stay tuned…
I have a pile of paperwork to do this morning, Mike & willie will be prep sanding each piece in preparation to vacuum form each. Thanks for dropping by, thanks for your support on Facebook, here and with your friends… I promise none of this will be boring……