……….I don’t know now what that was I felt but the day blew past! How bout us try again?……no matter what you do to cover it, that early “wedgie” seat pedestal just doesn’t work! And what a pre-NITSA pedestal is doing in a later model Birchaven I don’t know……non reclining seat and everything. In 1974, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NITSA) was formed and the one thing I remember that the cozy interior that was in the Triumph Spitfires I was playing with was filled with those safe “huge” NITSA mandated hi back seats!
It was a good thing….. bumpers, air bags and crumple zones but in the day it killed the repurposed school bus seat as a “buddy seat” and GM came up with the 14×14″ NITSA standard pedestal our late model coaches use today.I’m picking on you Lincoln…….all the GM floorplan coaches used this 14×14″ bolt pattern NITSA approved “captains chair” style seat pedestal. The unique thing about it was the seat shoveled from the inside back corner of the seat basewhich meant as the seat turned, it pulled away from the dash and steering wheel……..very convienant and with both seats fully turned they came more together over the engine cover……pretty cool. You can’t buy that today.
Now the pivot post did have a problem of loosening up where the seat was slanted but that can be fixed. Don’t pith the late model pedestals……..Coachmen built Royale and Birchaven folks would love to have a pair of these. And you guts like me with the “wedgie” pedestals like me……….get some of these if you can!
Enjoy the day, today is video shoot day for me. Wonder what we’ll do them on……….
Oh btw, yesterday we had a gutsy technician…..Ricky brought his son Onyx in for a dad’s day. He came with equipment to help clean out the sail in front of the liftHey Ricky, what’s he doing with that hammer?good luck with that………….
Glenn Miller says
My wife and I talked to you briefly the other day in your parking lot. We are In the beginning stages of looking if one of these beasts will work for us. We are looking at doing all the work from gutting to rebuilding ourselves. I’m a Mig and Tig welder as well as a ex-Commercial electrician and have extensive experience in rebuilding big block Mopars, so I understand the complexity to this kind of project. we are willing to invest a minimum of 2 years into this project.
I noticed that you have done a “car hauler” on your site. We are looking at something similar. We are trying to swallow a 1400lb British sports car. 54″ wide 144″ long.
My question is this:
The back has a (for no better term} door area that looks like it will come out. can you make a lift door out of that? I
I’ve seen the back whole “cap” taken off, and that looks like too much work to lift and reseal when it is closed. Like I said we are in the “early” stages of this. looking to design a elevated bed area above this little car that can be lower like in most Toy Haulers.
any advice you can give would be helpful.
Glenn, thanks for the post….i usually can’t sit that long….call….but I have so many able people wanting to do something with these…….hey wait…..thats me! I’ve done what you describe with a 23″….call me