OK, thinking about how to put up interesting stuff here I find it takes too much time in a post to talk all about that thing! All I can say is my Mom was a research librarian and my dDad was a Greyhound bus driver…… and me, meat in a weird sandwich! I’ll tell you this, having you brain wired in the Dewy Decimal System …. you always wondered why my spelling was sooooo bad? It drove my Mom crazy! But out of all of that, and those of you caught in the dispursion radius when someone asks me a question I appologise! I really do have a hanker to answer a question best I can. What is the meaning of life? Man in the moon marigold…. explain that……..
Non of us can answer that but using a video format like Patreon works well but it’s hard to convey tiny interesting things that way… hey maybe my Mom was right…. she always told me , “there will always be a place for a book….. a hard debate. I’ve found after using the written foremat here for a couple of decades then moving into video… I still like writing stuff down, taking some pics you need to stare at a bit and plunking out some pros about things my way. So I like doing this and many have said do more makes a delima.
I tell ya guys trying to keep up with all this “communication” AND trying to get more done, change things we do, solve problem you know… a regular day AND do that standing in front of a blast furnace at 100% humidity…. piece of cake! Our new building is a life saver… I really can’t believe looking back we build all those coaches in the blazing sun, rain and wet cold! Hey we’re inside now and it’s awesome but I don’t care, Florida in the summer brother is hot!
I’ve got the guys coming in now at 8am to get in a couple of hours before the oven door opens… lunches are more like siesta…… most of the guys taking that hour to pump back up with energy drinks, I just push water myself Anyway I’m the one who is living in this swamp and I guess love it cause this is the place……
Where was I going with that? No time to reread, I hope I pick it up …… on the progress front good news!
Steve M. had dodged a bullet, while a false alarm we had to start at this point in his coach renovating.
Oh, I know what I was talking about, “Ruby” and her window restoration AND historical documentation on #41….. man this is going to be good, I started in on the windows and found some amazing hints on how GM developed the coach! Each time you see “Ruby’s windows” in a post title pick up on that project…. that way I can spew more specific stuff out there for that project while talking about other stuff at the same time! My 2 plunking fingers are doomed! But maybe I can be more specific in written stuff while talking about ideas and concepts over on Patreon…. sounds way too complicated I know but problem is the shop has grown to the point more cost effective processes are needed to get more done. So I’ll get back to that on the nest post…. BTW, there MAY be more than one post a day! I’m calling this the into to Ruby’s windows, look at the next post by date with the title and there will be more. Cedric, come back on the next post later today on your window discoveries……
Now, let me get to some late news from the shop:
This may sound like a negative but I don’t see it as that so let me explain. We’ve had one guy not able to stay in the Q….. man I dig that, it takes time to go through this process! And we understood when they wanted to make other arrangements. Like I said that sounds negative but the coach IS staying in our dealer community and will get treated well,. The good part of this is we have a little more breathing room .
2 years ago we were bogged down because there was no space to work, now that we don’t have to vertical stack stuff and have the space it’s more trained manpower hands! Soooo much work, you guys are great bring in the work! Hey, we’re working on it but with a little wiggle room in our mechanical world, we got to check out Steve M. motor.
lets start with a little history…. A close to 1 owner Steve’s Dad bought it and they both had many memories in it and then shortly before his passing, they both had a good time putting the ole girl back together. I’ll get a few other pics before the end of today.
Anyway, driving down from Michigan, the coach ran fine. Steve was bring it down to have us do a few things in his restoration. I have many that do that. So in the mechanical review we did it looked like we had a low cylinder! Bummer…… we’re doing quad bag…. other stuff but before we spend money we need to know the issu on the motor… right?… So the above pic is of the compression and leak down test we performed on Steve’s motor yesterday………. and what’s the verdict……… a drum roll please……. NO PROBLEM!!! We had to know…. there must have been a loose hose or something when the mechanical review compression test was done… hey that’s why you have a quick checkup … to look at which direction to look…. I see that as good “roots” for the 70’s diagnostic tree these machines were made to have. Moving that 1 complete motor rebuild out of the “Q”, Steve was next up, now that we’re past the low cylinder checkout we’ll be on this project… stay tuned…..
Actually, we’re overlapping a but on our mechanical production line… push things as much as we dare, Spaceley’s 350 skunkworks motor is about to fire up… Phillip is about through that prayer meeting so the minute it breaths life it comes on the lift and Steve gets the operating table….. I know Steve will be on it….
Marlin’s 73 has had a snag punch list said intermittent dash and overhead lights…… That’s all 1 circuit coming from the headlights switch. Hey Scooter, gimme a headlight switch……. wait, we have some alien wires in there! Coach has been in the family decades but it looks along the way some good intentions need some help. I don’t want to spend the time it will take to simply get the lights working….. Marlin wants to resurrect dad’s coach AND be sure it’s reliable…… So here’s the plan, a 73 model coach has a single wire speaker wire harness (common ground). Today you can’t even buy a common ground radio… all radios require a positive AND negative wire to each speaker. The Sony cassette in the dash was common ground……. Hey, I know, lets take the dash apart We need to clean up the harness anyway, we’re going to rewire all speakers (floating ground), clean up the switchbank their Dad put in and install a new motorized screen, backup camera, blue tooth entertainment center and ALL using the same process…… Their dash will be cleaned up, wiring up to date, radio up to date LED clearance lights and a partridge in a pear tree…..
I don’t see this as major surgery or anything, cleaning up decades of like I called them “good intentions” not bad but could be better stuff…… we all have some of that! Oh come on…… you know you do…. suggestion… clean it up. But that really IS another can of worms… we’ll weed out Marlin’s worms… stay tuned.
So there we are, I can now go back over to Ruby’s windows and plunk some more. I need to run some errands, Bruce B. wants a Sirius radio in a new dash radio, I need a rear camera for Marlin’s and the beat goes on……. I’l jump on Ruby’s windows as I do the work…. hey, a spoiler alert…. these #41 winds WERE truly prototypes…. they felts in the slider windows were hand made!
See you guys later……