………..Trie I’ve been bad not always being there to help get that burnt toast down every morning…….. Hey, I’m trying hard to get the routine back.
Sunrise over a truck cactus rolling out, the guys……still socially distancing…… are cleaning out some of the things that seem to always show up at a Fab shop.Hey, there’s good parts in that pile…….just not GMC stuff. A bit on the chilly side for Florida right now it’s in the 50’s this morning……the sun feels good but we’ll be looking for shade by noon.
Working here with Robert, I’d like to show you what I’m taking time and showing him how to do this special project…..to me.
The inside on the entry door is the presentation on the interior of the coach. Now it’s of course important that the exterior is awesome…..as someone walks up to your coach, the fit and finish of the door holds the excitement to come.
Now this will be an ongoing project day by day to give you guys something to watch.
We’re starting with a clean insidesWe’re in a unique position in that I will be able to do 2 door interiors showing Robert how this is done.This project will refinish the metal latch plate, install a 2 sides entry door gasket…..the original single gasket design can’t HELP but leak! We will install a second “wind lace” door gasket, replace the window treatment and build new upper and lower door panels……stay tuned and come back to follow how to do this.
So first thing is making the door lock on both latches, fit tight at the top and bottom….make all that happen BEFORE you refinish the door. These doors are there, during the exterior refinish process, the doors, jams and hinges are worked with before the paint…….so past that, the metal latch panel is the first step. Here is an early panel and one from a late model coach. The main difference is how the original handle was attachedThe latches and pieces are removed…..the lower (late model) handle indents are leveled out, the early one gets the studs cut off and the 2 holes on each filled and smoothed out.
The square cut out to the right of each is to give you access to the door mechanism “when” the door mechanism jams. If this happens this metal panel will prevent you from opening the door. Yes….this mechanism can jam and really ruin your day.Ok, so tomorrow I’ll refinish those metal panels, see you then……..