The 2 deliveries went well, kinda …… one got the lift down from the last big project (a complete exhaust system including new headers, new rims, tires and all
expecting to hear that quiet rumble of the headers when… blaka-blaka-blaka- damn, there’s a rust thru on the intake manifold to the exhaust crossover! Oh, the hated phrase….. “Never saw THAT before….. but it’s true! Have YOU ever seen that? Lookythere! I try and decide NOT to pull the intake manifold to save a few bucks on this “budget” EVEN THOUGH I know the exhaust crossovers need to be blocked off—- you and I BOTH know that but we were “on a budget”……… This motor needs another OEM intake! Missed the use of the coach on THAT outing…. we try and deliver again in 3 weeks…… this is the reality of it and why I suggest not making messy schedules around picking up a coach that’s had a pile done to it. I mean who knew that under the carb, on a cast part that water and heat for so long actually rusted a hole through! The thing sounded like a bomber because of the cracked intakes and holy exhaust that if you will remember burned a hole in his replaced holding tank that was not apparent upon a simple inspection…..
the hole in the tank that is…. everyone saw the holy pipes but NOT what those holy pipes caused!
Well there ya go, welcome to MY world!
There are simply so many things on a 40 year old machine that can cause something like this to happen… after things are all sorted out and stuff like that are found the GMC is a great machine for normal maintenance but until you catch up on that of that curve brother… expect the unexpected…….
Now the other coach DID make it out of the shop and home Here are a few pics of this OEM looking Kingsley as the owners wanted: From the 2 still working “roof shaker” roof AC units…. but being driven by a fresh Honda EV-6010 and 2 golf cart batteries down to the original 16.5″ tires and steely rims and original hubcaps but they’re new Firestone TransForce E’s trued and balanced… no runout and smooth as new Where I have the “right of the truer” to keep record of his cuts with the tire sticker on the wall BTW a new wall, the other one got filled up !
Their coach now can be a poster child for a descent “survivor” with good mechanicals I asked if I could use them to show you young guys that enjoying a retro GMC actually IS possible for under $20,000. Not under 10…… you’re just dreaming and hoping but as most of that goes reality steps in and crushes it all! $20K, yes….. less maybe…. less than 10… it belonged to your Grandad or you used 8 of your 9 lives… stay under the bed!
Anyway, the day is on…. new projects you haven’t seen much about… a big weekend over so lets “get-r-done” again …… See ya tomorrow and thanks for dropping by our world,,,,,.