A quick note for everyone going to the Ormond Sunshine Statesmen rally this weekend………….. If you would like to hunker down tonight here at the shop and convoy on up to Ormond…. I’ll leave the light on for ya. I have 11 outlets along the north side of our new place… yep and they are all 50 amp! So come on by
Capt Pete’s coach has had a lease on life. If you will remember in past episodes, The good sailor ran aground after a big weather system blew through Truth is after a run in to something harder than he was, Capt Pete threw his Oklahoma oars over his shoulder and drove here to us as a sort of ramble / winter vacation in the south and to get his schooner fixed here at our place.
Keven has been working on Capt. Pete’s coach on and off all through the holidays, New Years and now we’re shooting for a relaunch the 19th of this month.
As Kevin cut into the main damage you can see his good ship had sprung a leak…. AARRRrrrrrrrr mate….. she’s listing to port!. Good thing we had a
free dry-dock…. Kevin started in with his epoxy potions and pretty soon a solid hull was seaworthy again Next Kevin went after the rest of the damage and then the vessel was ready for it’s colors again Guys listen, you simply cannot get a strong purchase like this to the original plastic with the conventional polyester fiberglass resin, regular Bondo and primer. You MUST use epoxy based adhesives, fillers and primers when working with the GMC Motorhome body. Here’s a great way to know if a paint shop you’re thinking of using to refinish your coach knows this. Remember, the 2 things a good mechanic has as his tools are his tools and his knowledge and brother, don’t try and tell him anything about either one! Ame I right? So while you’re talking about the coach ask him if he’s going to use a polyester based fiberglass resin. In most cases that would make for a very solid repair to metal but those compounds will not bind to the SMC plastic your GMC is made of. Now, don’t look at him as an idiot…. he may be very accomplished and quality based in everything he does. But do you want to have your coach worked over with someone using a new repair medium and materials for the first time? No matter how good he … or she is and how fast they pick up on what’s going on… your coach will still be their lab rat and the finish either right away or down the road may very well suffer.
Hey look, this isn’t gratuitus advertising… well maybe it is a little but this is why we have had 19 years now with the new year perfecting how to work with the GMC Motorhome body. A painter says… “Oh, I can paint that thing, it’s just bigger” may have no idea what he’s in for. Usually if they are honest about it many will say theu’ll never do another one.
So give me a few minutes to process a few pics…. be right back…
OK, Here’s the good ship back to it’s former glory and the breech? Again She’s seaworthy.
Now the biggggg problem is to figure out where to stop! Man those bumpers have been weathered as are the plastic headlight bezels. We’ll have to replace the grill and the bumper inserts had to get repaired and refinished too
Capt. Pete’s also taking this chance being here for a new 2 way frig, replacing his huge LP tank with the 2 BBq grill tanks with a marine switcher and a couple other things. This project turns out the win-win I like to see and that anyone can do. I mean where would you rather spend some time right now….. North Dakota or Florida? I’m just sayn….. and not taking anything from the cold weather .. I have good friends that have no problem with being a fudge cycle …. I just can’t do it. Call me worthless and weak… and I’ll see ya in August down here…..
The guys are coming in, now when things get going man they really get going! My slide up window looks like the walk up window hot dog stand… they’re already kidding me…
Daddy… makm stop Hey, and I’m ready with my “Easy Button” … hey, so what’s your problem….. now! . OK, gotta go… see ya tonight if you come by… if not in the morning…