It’s difficult to come up with a mornings theme…… as folks have told me and I have to admit……… I go all over the place! Hey, you dialed up this channel to watch, guess it has something……. if you haven’t figured it out yet this posting is a part of my work process….. I have to sometimes vent… sometimes soap box which last night my son said he should have gotten me a soap box for Christmas so I could really stand on one when I did that…. smartass…. hey but it’s all me and hin… loose or draw this is what you’ll get.
Hey Tom H., guess what’s in THIS box from Santa Packaged lovingly by Mac McNeal, your dash has arrived! Hey it’s “just in time inventory management” pieces/parts are showing up for these builds.
Actually yesterday, I started the teasrdown to finish interior components as my upholster gets more involved. Tom, here is a dash panel getting stitched Not wanting to wait, we pulled apart this panel from Dave S. (#3) coach to set the stitch pattern and cover it first. Along with his work, I pulled back apart Ruby’s fitted dash panel to get it in my upholsters lineup Normallt you must remive this panel brfore removing the side driver side panel. We have modified this panel to be removed without removing the dash panel…. here we’re fixing the cracks in this side panel before repairs are made While I’m doing all that… watching the stuff dry I moved over to the continuing task of repairing Ruby’s front and rear inside caps Filling all those holes and smoothing out cracks has to come before the texturing process… just like prepping a car for paint, the more time you put in the better the finished product Now remember these interior caps will be removable without taking down the rest of the headliner! Hey, what better coach to prototype this than on and original #41 prototype coach? It’s an honor to be able to improve the original production structure along with this restoration. This can, for me, take restorations into some new directions…….. It may sound silly but after being that poor lunk who had to “take this off to get that out and you can’t change that without breaking that….etc…..” I can do something here about it! I want good access to plumbing, wiring and the ability to add systems without tearing things up. What can I say, the original design of our interior or let me say moreso on all other RV designs buried things……. tracing problems and replacing damaged pieces/parts and thingys……
.Example, this would have been what you would need to do to remove the drive side panel ….oh and removing it from an original dash isn’t much easier Anyway, which all that finishwork happens I’ll be refinishing these headliner caps and front side panels. I hope to cut out Texas Tux AC/heat box access and our discovery on the new Dash AC/heat system continues!
As it turns out the guys elected to come in between Christmas and New Years…. what a team! Man we need the work!!!!! So much is going on and we’re doing our best. I hope your holiday is going well….. do what you need to make sure of it!!!!! Ya hear me?
See ya tomorrow……
Bud DeGroot says
Keep up the good work. My 76 el ll is in continuous evolution.