OK guys, now figuring out what day it is wanted to let you know my Mom’s computer now is the only one I’m using to plunk and pic here this moening… just was able to get it loaded and figure out pics just before my ole XP brick gave me the blue screen of death… lets take a milisecond of silence for a warrior who died with his boots on…. Good enough I’m still trying to master the font and color of the print… yeah I know that sounds easy…. don’t ya hate it when you ask for help with these computers from some young whippersnapper asnd he says, “Oh, that’s easy…”. Hey bunky, if it was easy why can’t I figure it out without rattling your chain! I just hate that….
Anyway, this too will come to me so watch for my usual Arial black print coming to a screen near you… Which BTW I’ve got it
So, I think we’ve pretty much upset most of our lives around here forever, the PC our entire 18 years of work has been working got wet from a racoon hole in the roof, took out a pile of other gizmos in there too. The web site crashed… both now have to be redone, lost and gained 2 guys in the labor force, MY war horse took a direct hit, Twinkles left our ranks, oh and we ran out of gas in our hot water outside shower… how did we survive through all that but here we are….
Coming in not before Kevin but beating Hank, walking toward Kevin’s cocoon, scattered about is completed work.. kinda like the cobbler with a huge pile of fixed showes on Monday … well Tuesday morning I found a narrow path between the coaches and I went for it to get to his hole
Been away a minutes, sorry but because I’m wacking at this today using only 1 keyboard I had to figure a few things out. I think I have it now so I can see a pic in my phone, turn it over… you know that left handed thing, there’s no way to change me… then process it to size, save it then post it here all in a flury of keystrokes… I’m so proud of myself….. so back to it al…
So dodging through the screen Kevin uses to keep his southern exposure from turning his metal cocoon into an Easy Bake Oven, what’s going on man?
And BOOOOM, there’s the pic…..
Stand back Kevin, lemme hold the phone still and tell me what’s going on Still not good enough yet to drop in a video but I’m getting there… so paraphrasing what he said, ” I’ve got the completed paint wet sanded to 3000 completely covered to protect it all as we do the assembly. The windows are cut out, bagged off and I’m refinishing the frames on the coach. Then to seal the frame to the body and to cover any paint edge that might be there I’m gonna seal the gap with black RTV. Now the importance of this pic is while there is a window just to the left of the entry door, it’s a funky size that if it ever gets broken there are no replacements we resized that opening to accept a bedroom sized larger window. Now changing this 1974 23′ coach from style 1 (breakapart) frames to style 2 Hehr windows used in later model coaches, he now has a larger window in a 23′ coach at the galley AND the ability to maintain his coach in the future.. We’re re refinishing this new larger window before installing it. Note having the SEM trim black etching satin black spray cover the previously installed window rubbers. This will help block the UV and guard agianst shrinking. I mean, can YOU see it? Go back and look again… oh and getting a set of updated windows to boot. And not to let the front A frame windows feel left out, I’m refinishing them too and resealing them in place .. oh and check out the front end where I have started to peal away the paper skin Oh man, it’s getting exciting in THIS project.
Baaam.. and the pis gets posted…. I love it! It may not seem much for you but I can tell a story like this and take raw pics out of the phone, process, catalog then post them all together. Man, that’s gonna save time and help me think!
Our focus today will be another 23′ coach, David G.’s “Chaunchy, remember this is the last 23′ coach I knew of stuffed away not being used but is good shape It was pulled out of an aircraft hanger and trailered to us after a 15 year sleep. A tire blew while coming here on the trailer… sure damage overted
Man see that! I can reach back into my archives from the hard drive vault, pic and post pics and now we can bring it up to date…. slick!
Anyway, this coach will be getting some things today. So just HOW do you carry a full sized Zip Dee fully automatic “New Century” armless awning through the maze of coaches over to Chauncy? You go up… David’s Onan Troll is outa there waiting for a Honda EV-4010 as soon as we can find a suitable one LT will now degrease out 30 something years of grunge, pull out the dead insulation and prepare the compartment for it’s new tenant.
See that… another short story hammered out in short order… I love it! BTW, I have had many people ask how I could find the time to plunk all this about every day… the answer is simple… I HAVE TO! I have so many project going on in here, so many folks out there owning them wanting to see progress not only do the guys have to run around like those little picnic ants but I do too just to keep up! If I don’t I hear about it! That’s OK too because it also helps keep the shop and me focused. We’ve been waiting.. there’s that 4 letter word again…. for this huge awning to show up for David’s coach. To install this we will first have to remove and blend over the original Zip Dee awning rail.. Kevin will have to do that…. We are getting the finals done on the coach interior.. I wanna do a set of interior pics for David so stay tuned for that. We’re finally getting focus back on Chaunchy after those coach mechanical rehabs for Spacely, James and those others. Even though doing in/outs like that mess up our production still, it all needs to get done and we’re here doin it…
Gotta go, the guys are here, will carry the camera… phone… whatever you call it. Have a great day…
BUT WAIT! There’s more…. Promised to put up a few things we’re doing on Jim G. coach. He’s headed to the Sunshine Statesmen’s rally with us next week, we’re doing a complete fluids dump including getting rid of that *^&%$$@#%&*) ATP transmission filter he has we put in. Now his filter in this pic on the right is tight in it’s mounting hole but we have seen ATP brand B-40 filters that would not fit tight like this The story I got from ATP when I called them out on the fit of these tubes they said the 425 transmissions did not have a standard bore. I said hoey on that but you know… he may be right… so what we should seek is a filter that has the largest tube tolerance. ATP said they engineers determined the smaller tolerance tube would better fit a crossection of the transmissions out there that the tech should see if a larger “O” ring should be used… hey, they never said that to anybody! if the seal is not tight it will drop fluid pressure…. It happens doesn’t is Andy F.! Happened to his so guys just don’t use ATP I know their tubes are on the small end of the tolerance, use anything else but just make sure when you stick it up in there is stays and is tight…. Another inportand issue is every time you change your tranny pan gasket, flatten out the holes in the pan. Look here, Sealing up the pan last time we flattened the bolt holes. Now that’s it’s back out look closely, the holes are muchroomed up a bit… how can that be!!! When you tighten the screws only to snug just there over time the holes muchroom out. It happens so you need to fletten the gasket surface back out OK guys, you’ve been warned.
NOW, I gotta go, see ya later…
Dave Gardner says
Jim (and Brian)
Nice to see the posts on Chauncy this morning. Thanks, I can’t wait to see it in person.