7.15.15 Late start, kind of an important day We hope now to deliver the coach to Bill & Margaret. Remember back, they picked up a GM floorplan 78 twin bed… yeah, all of that should not go together…. and we started in discovering the coaches needs. We set a budget of @ $5000. Reason I say @ is cause really, it’s hard to figure out what’s broke till ya find it… never the less you have to have a target so that is it.
We have totally rehabbed the break system The rear wheel bearings were blue and pitted so it got them all His front wheel bearings were tight with no liquefied grease leaking so Bill will watch the temps and see how things go. His front shocks… well, they were way past the “gold watch” stage of their career. It’s one of those fence decisions based … what can ya say the budget… The fuel delivery system needed a complete rebuild. This is a throttle body fuel injection system… no $ to change it back…. so the plumbing will be a bit different than our usual countermeasure system. It needed it all though and the body pads were either missing or crushed so he got all that too. Bypass that one and you are only fooling yourself…First look and the generator already had a rust through muffler Next was to get it running which really, she came alive pretty good and ran well… ah but… and you hear it coming… it did not generate power. Checking the usual diode pack and brushes to no luck. So… OFF with it’s head, the Troll came out. Now remember out budget constraints. If the coach needs something…. it needs it but there are always alternatives just some parameters have to be fudged on. Hank, being a pretty good little tinkerer has taken the drak pile devoted to Onan generator here and has pieced together a 6K power drawer. It’s nice to have someone who enjoys that sort of thing. So based on where we are trying to take the coach and the budget and all that, we’re going to install our Frankenstein Power Drawer in there for them. No guarantees other than it’s old and heavy. Like I said, sometimes you try and fudge the wants. The hope is this generator will stay together enough to get them on the road heading north to a cooler climate. Bill says it’s just too dang hot here… and he’s right!
So our Frankenstein offering is in, fired up and is making power. Now talk pretty to her Bill and maybe she won’t get mad at ya. Check her oil and give her a kiss every day… know that that hunk of metal is giving you it’s all.
The dash AC project proved to need it all, the compressor was locked up, the hoses were knarly so those along with a drier and a belt … draw down then we found the expansion valve was solid so to get that going we modified the system (78 only) to accept the available style 1, single capillary tube expansion valve. NOW, drawing the system down and pumping in some pac oil and some R134… we have a cold dash. How long only the shadow knows cause the condenser and evaporator were only blown out and pressure tested… but the hoses and bout every other part has been renewed so hey… fingers are crossed.
If you remember we installed an old front roof AC, theirs was dead. Well, it works for @ 5 days and wet the bed. Heck I usually throw them out .. was gonna give it tom for the labor, haveta find another soldier willing..
BUT THATS IT… Hank just gave Shirley his numbers, the guys will trail in giving up what they did so the grand damage report will come soon. Stay tuned… the rehab went pretty well as most go… many things we knew, some things we found but we did only the things that would increase reliability. For you guys lusting after a GMC, this is what you should expect right away when you pick one up… there will just have things that will need to be done. Figure $5000 to get it to the road… and I’m not even sure saying that where this project ended… like I said stay tuned..
Hey Tim, look what came in yesterday… This is his new :Mac Daddy” dash. Decided to wait to ship the coach to the UK and do a few more things to include the big dash. Stay tuned to watch that go in… Gotta go, see ya later…