Did you flip through your latest FMCA magazine? A 19′ Airstream travel trailer…..$80,000, need I say more?
So our new wall and bulkhead system is coming together. Texas Tux is the first to get fitted. The wall finish now matches the texture finish on the plastic side panels……. a nice finish This is a hard as nails textured epoxy surface. The passenger side is together now
We’re keeping the texture gun warmed up working on 2 other coaches..Ruby & David’s . Stay tuned for more on this new process
Ever wonder how you remove a motor not intending to ever put it back? Don’t need to save anything….the goal is to get that thing out! It is coming out…a piece at a time
It’s sad but it looks like the ole puppy is barfing parts….just close your eyes, it will all be over soon…….
On the other hand, this is not how we treat a GMC, next on the operating table this coach will end up in the Netherlands but now it’s getting a fresh 455 motor and transmission Many ask me how we get a motor out of the coach. In that we always install an fresh transmission as well. I mean what it the goal? Do we want to install a motor or do we want to make the motorhome more reliable? Chances are if the motor has been running well but now needs some help, it would be logical to assume the transmission may need some love too!
There are a couple of ways to pull a motor, we go down giving us a cleaner job and we can pull the transmission without any more labor.
Process is……disconnect the motor and transmission from the coach. Suspend the motor with this scaffold with a chain fall.
Unbolt the transmission from the motor from below and drop it out. Now we slide the motor back where the transmission was, turn the motor flywheel down and the motor drops out without taking anything off. I didn’t get a chance to show you the motor on the ground, Phillip ripped it apart so fast and got it to the machine shop I didn’t get a chance to get a shot…sorry but man it’s outa there!
This is going to be an interesting build…. the end goal of this restoration is “original”. The paint will be….yes Palm Beach green! The motor will be the exact one it came with rebuilt and accurately painted original colors………. The interior? Yup, Green plad……..we have pieces…and you wondered why we kept all of those old fabrics…….this will be w cool project…stay tuned.
Bet Jared will be in soon, my guess we will have “page 2” today, lemme try and put out a little more.
On the lighter side that keeps us sane…Phillip picked up this T bird…a 4.7 V8 with a terrible rod knock. Kind of just the way things are, the drive train can be replaced so much cheaper buying new than fixing the old…so what do you do with the motor?Yup, lets burn it up! Please understand, after 8 years a Marine there are just a few things you need to do…and he does Heck, I think it runs smoother now! He also pulls a sled with his truck ……….You want this guy working on your coach……..and Katlyn too …….
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An announcement, the coach is now rewired living area AC and DC circuits are again hot .
.Jared is here….see ya on page 2 later…..
Finally, I can report after weeks of digging, I feel confident I have exercised the demons in David’s coach. Living area AC and DC circuits as well as the engine electrical systems have been rewired. The last issues…remember when I showed there was ain inverter/charger and a stand alone converter wired in . Well, it’s been in there a long time…you old timers will tremember TODD converters
Yep, you guessed it…it was bad! Todd Engineering had a bad batch of boards….it was a small company owned by..Todd. Some engineer made a cute circuit he used that failed! So a new PD Dynamics converter replacing that ole war horse and this morning after a full night of charging we have 13.7 volts.
Now the coach will go into interior trim out…stay tuned.
Talk to you tomorrow and thanks for stopping by..