If this pic loads it means the new hard drive in my lap top if figuring out stuff on it’s own
Many of you knew my wife Janie when she was running the world at the Co-op and ask how she is each time you call…..well, we’re both doing great and this is us taking a tour of the Volusia loop lasr weekend…..Yeah, don’t laugh at my skinny legs….now you know why I wear long pants at work……So Janie is doing great, thank you very much, and the lap top seems to have passed the test too! This was all done on it and it’s even shown me how to be a bit quicker processing pics…..bonus!
OK so on we go……… yesterday I was showing you guys some floor damage on an early 1973 coach under the front windows……bet a bunch of you guys have some, if you don’y know for sure…..yeah I would look! After making the customer aware of our findings we went after it……….. now listen, there are 2 very valid ways to fix this, well 3 if you choose to put the carpet back down but lets just say he agreed to do what wse needed to.
So way 1 is on the extreme…….. it’s kinda like someone telling me to take every inch of that beautiful gold shag carpet Coachmen put in the Royals……..step 1 would be to remove the interior because the carpet was put down first! The GM floorplan coaches were not so you have to approach this by first what the manufacturer did when they built it then Reverse all of that and take the floor apart until the offending board was exposed….and then rip it out by the roots and replace it with some new space age composite material We do that, ame doing it now and will do it again on our next restoration project coming in But is this approach proper for the project we’re talking about? No, this project it to bring a well kept “survivor” back on the road reliable again. It’s not for a frame up restoration so plan 2 might keep us moving along without as you have heard “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. So here’s how we fixed it….good thing our floor guy/upholster guru and all around smart guy came and asked if I wanted a pic before he went on….I would have shown it to you cut out damage but he put in a new edge to the side y but I snoozed! The step was only surface damage and was structurly stable but the outside edge up front had to be cut out, a new piece secured in place and sealed….this is before the top coating a closer shot at the repair you can see the structural part that had failed most was under the side panel. . Now look, the gurus on the internet will scoff maybe at this but get real man………. if I had to replace everything that was less than perfect as we do in a full restoration the project would melt the wallet! This way the floor is again stable, it’s sealed from the elements for the future and the cost wasn’t like my monthly power bill!
There was damage on the step behind the driver seat, here’s that patch sealed in
I’m telling ya my guys are motivated like that scout ant that comes back and says he found a picknic basket on the ground……….man my floor guru is already laying parts of the new floor He may have the main floor done and the carpet in today…..lets see!
So what else…….. Hey, remember this coach that sold last year here? You had to see pictures in the sky to see the value in the “Green Machine” as the previous owners in Macon called it…..went to high school football games, campouts and parties for decades there then it came to us to find it a new owner who could appreciate it. It was here a while…several people looked at it but just could not see past the parrot green I guess. It had a Honda EV-6010 generator 2 Pinguine roof AC units and a desire to get back on the road…..you could tell!
Well Gene W. looked at it and said “I’ll buy that puppy in the window”! Gene swung by yesterday to help him do a few small rhings he couldn’t figure out Can ya dig it……..yup, this is the same…..Green Machine Guys, have a little foresight, you are not buying a 2010 Toyota….you will need to do a pile of work on most anything you buy to get it reliable, good looking andback on the road…..face that or don’t…please don’t get involved with one of these!
OK, the day is on, the blast furnace doors are cranking up and I need to go fry a bit….see ya tomorrow