If you thought you were shorted this morning with my rant about a guy that was rude to me….. no I just felt it was important that you guys see part of the white underbelly of trying to work with customers….. Like I said in that last post….. if you didn’t read it please do…… this is a very narrow, niche, specific market….. please do not treat folks like me who really work hard to help folks like I’m at the McDonalds drive thru and you get upset because you bought 2 burgers and I only gave you 1 napkin! Rude is and Rude does…. I make absolutely no apologies for that! come at me brother you must know by now my southern upbringing will not allow you to down me… so play nice, be nice and nice things may happen to you! Enough of this…. lets talk about Ruby’s dash and the upcoming dash AS install……. here we go…
let me process a few pics, will be right back…..
Receiving our pattern unit yesterday lets compare Yep, what I figured… we have room. Very compact and the hardest blowing unit I could find 4 forward firing ducts and 2 up firing defroster ducts that line right up to the original top fired original defroster ducts this will work. I quick drawing….I’m not Picasso….. shows the unit will be half inside and half out with an opening enclosure box under the hood for access The no cable control panel looks alote like the original panel and will fit on the Mac Daddy dash in the original location. Said all that to say yes, this will work.
Now, lets get Ruby ready for it’s fitting……
OK, not involved per say in the dash AC system still, I wanted to get both Texas Tux AND Ruby with their primary 12 volt wiring completed before fitting the new dash AC/heat box
The reason Ruby’s under dash panel is black is that it’s metal… not aluminum. Everyone elses panel is aluminum and clear finished or a silver color….. Ruby has steel there OK so looking at the last pic you see the new 95amp isolator to the left “Bi Wired” to offer the equivalent of 4ga. connections using 8ga. smaller more flexible wiring. The ouput of the alternator is also Bi Wired and in the mesh loom at the top. A new boost solenoid and horn relay are connected to the original harness with 2ga. wiring from the batteries thru the switching and on to the starter (remember this is a GM diesel motor)… we need additional current for starting. Here’s another pic of this The in line fuse you see replaces the original “fuse link” for a 40amp ATC fuse in a high current holder.
OK so today I’ll be fitting our pattern unit to Ruby…. stay tuned…..
I’ll explain more about this shift at the end but today is a red letter day marking the first Co-op Remount ambulance project Like I said I’ll talk more specifics about this later but this ambulance will get a new 2017 GM chassis. Yes, this is an ALS ambulance right down to the attendant seat If you’ve never seen the inside of one of these it’s a good thing. An in service ambulance will last @ 3 years… that is the wheels fall off the chassis… that JAN spec aluminum box on the back will last through a neutron bomb! We will “remount” this box onto a new chassis…… this saves the EMS service thousands and the box will recycle on a new set of wheels for another 3 ytears or so without spending the big pucks for a new ALS ambulance.! First step before we separate the box and chassis is getting off the old graphics and prep the box for fresh paint……. .Because of it’s use in industrial application we will be shooting a single stage white…. easier to touch up scrathes this is @ the only reason I can thing single stage would be better than base/clear. Too far to turn back now, stay tuned and I’ll show you just how this process happens…..
Now for a bit more explaination on this work we’re doing and how it all fits in with our GMC Motorhome focus…..AND how it relates to the rude guy I was talking about in the last post.
Look, we all know selling is tough out there today. Between Amazon, Ebay and some dude standing in a phone booth in N. Dakota selling boxes really the atmosphere of making a living at selling parts as we and most CPA’s knew it is gone! There is not enough income derived from a narrow niche industry like an obscure 40 year old motorhome to sustain a business trying to get ahead today. That sounds like a pretty pessimistic thing for me to say…. guys it’s true!
Lokk in the history of the GMC dealer support group over the past 10 years… the community lost 5 specialty dealers….. why? Because they could not make enough income to make the business viable! I’m not telling ant secrets here, Jim K. noted last month when pressed that getting into the GMC parts sales was the worst decision he had ever made! I would say that too if The Co-op had started looking to make a stable, progressive income. While we’re saying this and some will call me negative today but I have not made the income I did at Panasonic which I left in 1985. Can you do that? My wife is the best, she didn’t sign up for this…. GMC’s is my passion. So your checkbook will tell you how long you can stay on that plan!
I and the guys here are dedicated to giving this community the best we can do…. may not be the cheapest… CHEAP is what cheap does…….. just as Rude is as Rude does……. No one in this community is making enough income from this to put up with crappy customers…arguing or just simple hard to get along with people. I can choose to sell or not to sell to anyone and brother some out there just have a bad attitude…. must be unhappy and I don’t want to do business with or deal with unhappy people. So that’s where that unhappy person who was rude to me got his nose out of joint yesterday and felt it important to let folks on Facebook know how unhappy he is. Relax brother and treat someone like you would like to be treated and you would be surprised how far that will take you.
The mission statement of my business plan (yes, I actually had one when I started this) is “There is a legitimate income to be made for helping people”. You want my help… call and I will do all I can…… hey but I can be rude too… as that guy found out.
The Co-op is branching out our mission to include 5 years ago other worthy vintage RV’s then in moving to our 26,000sf facility we now also work with vintage vehicles of all kinds…. and now because of our workers abilities and my background in ambulance work this is another community we are focused on.
The other past GMC dealers who could not sustain went into other late model RV’s which is , as you know, much more lucrative with labor rates all over $100 per hour and stupid parts costs. That’s how they saw to get out of the downward spiral…. I on the other hand want to keep our fingers in unique specialty stuff…. and I love messing with GMC’s so we’ll always have fun with this. This will allow me though to choose my customers… no more unhappy people…. no more being taken advantage of….. you want my help, you’ve got it but be nice about it and many things are possible.
How did I do Scott? You guys don’t come here to read bullcrap like this and I don’t like wasting my time and energy doing it… so lets just move on from here. Need my help… you’ve got it. Beat me up and I’ll leave you alone. Hey, that’s fair…. the BEST deal is a fair deal… and that’s what we serve up here……. have a great day… soryy bout this last part but “That’s all I’m going to say about that”…….. man I loved that movie!
See ya tomorrow…….