Has been a “tough row ta hoe”
This coach came to us from Utah where it had just about languished it’s life away. Ron K. saw something in MoHo and committed himself to bring this lowly 1974 23′ GMC back to an original look “restomod” glory.
I’m telling you this in context of the new headliner we are doing so let’s just say MoHo has been given a new mechanical and exterior lease on life and today it stands in our interior trim shop in the new building Already “standing out in a crowd”, MoHo is ready for it’s interior and first off is reconstruction major components that will be used on the interior. We have the new big “Mac Daddy” dash already prewired and ready to
go in similar to this one will be in here soon But first, we need to do something about the front headliner cap. The 1973-4 model GMC’s did not have the blown expandable foam like the rest of the coach Back up and look again at the inside of the front cap and you will se no insulation…. they stuffed a sheet of home wall insulation up there that by now has shriveled up and turned to dust.
It’s bad enough not having insulation up there… in later models the front had the same expandable foam …. a bigger issue now is the inside headliner panel made of ABS plastic is cooked! The old plastic is cracked, brittle and just ready to break up worse as you touch it. What to do? Lets talk about that……. First you need to remove the headliner. That’s easy to say and sounds kinda easy….. sorry to mislead you, it will take an hour and more to remove this front cap without damaging it. the visors are a bear to get out. Here’s a hint…. use the visor arm to unscrew the threaded part. the frozen spring on the shaft will not allow the threads to move… the friction is not the threads….. so don’t tell anyone.
With the cap on the bench you need to reinforce where the cracks have formed We reinforce the cap from behind using fiberglass mat with ABs glue as the binder which will return the structural integrity of the panel. Tomorrow lets talk about how we will deal with the cosmetics and finish…… stay tuned for that
Man, I still haven’t gotten a chance to hit you with my take on the fuel situation. let me say this, don’t wait… fire up your coach and start reeping some benefit of the world wide economic climate. Hey, that doesn’t trickle down to us that often. Don’t do out and buy some gas guzzling big unless you need one but you already have an investment in a machine that can take advantage of lower fuel costs. Having a lower carbon footprint than a house already heck, now with the fuel costs the way they are we have a down right energy efficient device so get out there and tread a lighter carbon footprint….. it’s time to help out in our own way. Don’t go borrow money….. save it and drive your motorhome everywhere!
Just a taste on how I feel we should look at our vintage machines…. Gotta go, the guys are showing up… I’m right at the door so everytime they open the door I get a big wiff of 42 degree cold….HEY… shut the door… where not next door anymore!
See ya later…..