Yes it’s Saturday… my fun day. I get the whole shop to myself, some of the guys are coming in but they have their things to do and I can get some things I want to get done… done. Need to do a little work first…
Hey Jay, see we did get your visor painted, buffed.. hey, you know Kevin on that buff thing… and onstalled The last thing it looks are the overhead door catches so you will be on your wheels next week if you like. Gimme a call and lets set a time.
We got the frame wacked off Miss Piggy yesterday. Looks like I’m going to try my theory that if foulks would get rid of that overhang cliff on the back of motorhomes like this they would drive much better. Look at the bow that set in to the 1989 Chevy P-30 chassis from the turtle shell it used to have to hold up
Now that we’ve got more of the load off, you can see behind the wheels is the resh water tank, the generator… good God, what were they thinking! I was hoping to save the deck panels but it looks like those will have to go too. I’m determined to make something cool of this pile, give me your ideas. Stay tuned and lets see where this goes… Wait, one more thing about this project, many of you have expressed your wondering why we do crap like this… yes Nelson, more folks are with you on that… Look, Bill L. gave us the thing to get it off his pad so his GMC could have a home I think he made a good decision mainly because that coach deserves to be treated well but also I have always felt that even though us GMCers call these things “SOB’s” (some other brand) still they are a well built chassis, it’s just the sales guys took over in the design process and what ended up well, may be more cost effective as fas as how many beds it has and all that but the sacrifice of handling and maintenance… Ambulances too suffer the same fate. That JAN spec aluminum box is too heavy on an ambulance thus that too have problems with suspension, bearing and tire failure. I’ve always wanted to load up one of these monster chassis properly and see what comes out. Actually I tried this theory when we built the 23′ “Bobtail” now 21′ GMC I will tell you that thing handled like an Impala SS! One day I hope to finish this one off and my guess is it will be the drivers coach. So now lets test this theory with Miss Piggy Now that it’s apart lets see what’s possible. Hmmmm, what about a GMC body up on top? A 25-30,000lb. dually chassis, Goodyear stabilizer axle, 454 with a 400 trans, 19.5″ wheels…. could be interesting. How about a mobile garden with a coy pond…. or a SUTRV (sport utility truch recreational vehicle with a pu truck bed on the back. Hey, could mount that 1963 Airstream trailer I have on the back… anything is possible… You need to keep fun in your work..
Hey Ben, your coach is ready This look alike Barbie coach came with the coach when Ben picked it up. This has been a behind the scenes project we’ve been moving on. Ben’s vision is to make a 12 passenger wine tour bus. Yep, we are reinventing these coaches for new needs. It was a Golby twin bed coach totally built to a twin bed interior. . A nicley built interior has deteriorated over the years from water leaks so transforming it to commercial use will give us a chance to get rid of the damaged interior parts Kevin went after the roof, paint pealing and just about every penetration in the roof letting in water then he refinished the roof The coach needed the usual mechanicals from Hank ….
Motor needed a water pump, timing chain, etc Basicall all the things we find in more newly purchased coaches. So of course going into the work world again it needed it all … a quad rear suspension all new brakes and I mean EVERYTHING basically all the things Ben will need to rely upon… can’t piecemeal a commercial vehicle. Installed 2 roof AC units.. I mean YOU don;t wanna sweat while testing wine! Now we’re on to the interior and making seating for 12 adults comfortably and a clean nice interior. Stay tuned for more on this project…
OK, it’s 10am and I need to get on with the day, sounds like the GMCMI convention in Rapid City is doing well everyone having fun. Much to see but remember, if something seems too good to be true many times it’s true. Always happens in a group.
So have a great day, I have some paperwork to do and then my fun… a bike ride. Talk to ya later….