……… Of course, we would love to pick up an awesome motorhome for the price of a core. A “core” is a coach that while all the parts are there and the frame is good but…….as in the words of Bette Davis “What…..ah…..dump”!
We recently recovered a frame which was all that was left after 45 years of literally sitting in a building that rotted down on top of the coach. Time is our strongest enemy. A coach that gets no love goes down hill. We all need attention and someone who cares….its why we exist….same can be said for a lonely ole GMC sitting by itself, batteries dead, tires flat and a family of critters making homestead behind the water heater. Its all still there just like it was parked after that last vacation before the heart attack or whatever caused to coach to no longer be used.
This is sad but the bones of that coach still has viable DNA, with enough love…and money it can rise again like the fabled Phoenix………..but there will be some nashing of teeth!
Still, the outcome can be positive if that is the proper amount of that love topped off with some cash your fun soup will soon be ready if you have used the correct pot.
Don’t use a fry pan for a rump roast……. You never want Henry Ford’s first car and Orvil wanted Wilber to go first on the contraption! Make sure you or someone has done this before…….before you try this at home.
This is what drives our business and why it may be a smart section to say “I designed it all myself” rather than wanting to say “I built it all myself”. I learned this after spending years building Molar cars by myself. The guy with the perfect 57 Chevy will always win the show……he designed it while others were brought in to build it! I would spend years of my life working on a machine never getting to use it much….that other guy worked at what he did well very hard…paid someone to build the machine and has been driving a really nice car…..for those several years I was sleeping under mine! Was a hard lesson, took it out of me and now on the other side I tell you …..don’t do that! I do still talk to the guy I built my first motorhome for…..that would be you Bob ………and still thank you for believing in me but man today……we are building circles around the machines we used to….we got better, I made mistakes and learned…..so you don’t have to which is again what makes us cost effective and time efficient!
Anyway, back to turning a pigs ear into a silk purse…….it doesn’t have to be silk, today burlap ships but something has to be done to everything on a core build up project……maybe even going this far. ..and more. Its all part of it. Now some coaches can be reclaimed to a viable usefulness doing far less and many do well with that coach……that’s not what we’re doing here…….a core again is all there but has some issues which makes the question not what to do but where to stop! .in this case the coach is a first year 1973….it’s known the floor structure was weak and you can see the bowing from weight of the floor joists with the wood removed. The wood was rotted so if we’re going THIS far making the weak floor structure better is where we start this core buildup.
While getting jiggy with another restoration (and really……..don’t try this at home) we had to replace the frame entirely to follow the project direction Yes, that…..will go onto that pretty soon! Shhhhhh….don’t say it and I won’t have to respond, just stay tuned…….Hey, another project that needs to go it’s own way so to speak……so lets follow another “That puppy in the window”……a viable core that has raised the attention of someone. We call him “No Brakes”and as you are made to understand right away…..this projectile has….no brakes!
I mean so we fully understand this core and where it will have to start somewhere around….
And I can hear the gasp right through my phone screen…….. I would NEVER go that far! Hey, the older these things get the more deteriorated they will get….some more than others So being deeply involved, Chris coach destination has been determined by its new owner…
……lets take a new case and follow its reincarnation from not much to something much more. So here is “No Brakes” in all of its remaining glory. Under those 3 layers of Florida fungus is Original Enron paint that up until @ 4 years ago had been garage kept and the coach had a home and was loved……….Then came the dark days in the back row here at the shop waiting for someone to take interest.
And maybe we have found someone and a new life for No Brakes.
First is a complete mechanical review to get a mechanical picture of the mummy. Stay tuned and I’ll let you guys see that step…….
The day is on, I need to get out in it…….see ya tomorrow…and thanks for stopping by