……….……… From my reading of the “car of the year” article, as where we are today….. GM marketing said higher prices car buyers were ready for a FWD large car so they abandoned the aluminum transverse mounted V6 drive train sloted for mid sized cars to engineer our ground pounding big block with the mondo redesigned 400 turbo hydramatic to traditionally mount our 455. This made the FWD project lend itself to pulling big stuff like our motorhome. This was in the early 60’s…. Our babies had not been conceived of at that point. And back in the day, cartoons embellished the idea that the FWD was just for blinding speed and handling performance. At the time no one saw the reliability and weight handling capacity of the concept…………wonder what they would have cartoons putting this drive train into something like an aerodynamic motorhome? See the GMC project was in the skunkworks at that time……but it had been visioned….Moving day at the shop, when projects hit a milestone in their process, it’s a great day. Ron, we have graduation day…..for months your coach has been groomed having its exterior first fixed then painted and now being sealed up from the rain…….its coming out time for its next phase of drive train installation on the operating tableand then he goes up in the air for its ceremonial installation of he drive train from the bottomStay tuned……..i know 2 people that will be watching! You hang around too…..this is going to be an Epic install………aluminum tank, Monster tranny, FiTech, Serpantine belt, aluminum radiator, 3.70 diff. and again that cartridge in that pear tree! Just as in the original marketing this FWD beast drive train is going big!
Oh man, JD will put out a yelp when seeing this:
Putting in the time waiting to part the waters with new 3 process chrome on his bumpers, to get this puppy back into his hands Ricky processed a second set of bumpers with black Berliner. And the outcome is as awesome as it will look when the chrome Gods snake on us.Chrome….black it doesn’t matter, Byrons design holds true, this is a badass machine coming OR goingand with the new grill covering all that aluminum cooling apparatus children need to stay with their Mom’s !So you’re thinking…..How did Jim get all of these pics while being AWOL at the beach?………….And rightly so asking how I got all these late updates on activities at that shop …..while showing off my skinny legs? Well Pony Express made it over the Intercoastal bridge early this morning to bring me all this news…….. Proof positive the place can create masterpieces without me there……pretty gratifying!!!!!
And the beat really does and will go on……..and onand ON
It is a wonderful day here at the Red Pony and continual Suarez………..see ya tomorrow
Go up on Patreon and take a look at our latest video…. Door gaskets. I can hear it now….wow, what an exciting subject! Take a look anyway, you may learn something new!