And just like that, John and his 73, 23′ coach with a fresh 455 roller cam motor, fresh tranny and FiTech fuel injection …..pulled away A debriefing after his straight thru drive to Tallahassee was good. No issues with plenty of ppower. The FiTech did it’s thing………
and another coach leaves the shop. In the next 2 weeks, working as the team is we have 2 projects sitting in the wings to come in….if we can get cleared up in that next 10 days work. May sound wrong …most shops say just bring it it. That means they are stocking away work and then must string along and do hurry work to get the current work out….I HATE that type of business. We do not spend your money towork fast to some arbitrary timeline. Nope, the coaches control when it’s finished and we spend your money to do good work……..OK I’ll stop, but really…it all depends on what stresses any business creates for itself. Stress is bad…quality, thorough work is good….
We have 2 more projects coming to an end so more is coming in from the pipeline. Here’s a neat one. The owner of this coach is a real sport, has particular ideas….is riding a 300cc hi tech motorbike over 1000 miles leaving his coach here for us to do our best. I really can’t wait to see his redition of an extreme sports headquarters. So the first thing is to “take out the interior”. Yep we’re “gutting” this coach. With that as our goal, we’re removing the interior the way it was installed. Removing the rear cap, . The GM floorplan coaches were backed up to a dock….we’ll stack palaets to get the dock height…… then the coach was assembled from the dash to the rear hatch which was installed and sealed. That’s how it will come apart…….. stay tuned to watch how this goes…….should be fun!
OK, yesterday was just too messy being pulled away for paperwork, calls and a new customer wanting to understand what this GMC thing is about….my foxhole is set up In dash AC/heat #3 project, my Hakko regulated hi Tech solder station….ATC fuse block in place with primary wiring of the inputs are done…..my mission today is to hit that hole and solder my way out on that new fuse block…… stay tuned for the aftermath of the battle….. Here you can see Katlyn handywork…. new early (1 1/3″) pins replaced in the bogys….new KYB shockes, the quad bag system, new brake backing plates (the previous owner had welded a pile of brake parts in place!!! never saw that before….) all new brake parts along with a fresh backing plate….shoes (riveted), brake shoe hardware kits, left & right adjuster sets, new (not rebuilt) slave cylindersresurfaced spindles ready to accept the new bearings and turned drums……… THIS is how your get good brakes, anything less…you take the chance, not me!
Drop the mic………
But if you’re more interested in a little more “bling” along with everything…. you could do this!.
The spec was to completely powdercoat all front and rear suspension parts candy blue sapphire! Yep, remember you can have anything yout want. This rear suspension has the Branscomb Kelsey Hayes 4 pull dask brakes (may have been the last kit produced….. Manny’s reaction arm system (those bars below)…The operates like an “Earls Fork” motorbike front suspension ususally used on side car bikes like the one I have (from the 30’s) This one does not have it but Google it and understand the suspension….very cool….new KYB’s and of course a quad bag system again all powdercoated candy blue sapphire……Wow….OK… we can do that…..stay tuned as we install Manny’s 1 ton front suspension again candy blue sapphire……… holy moley!!!!
Finally, here is the newly refinished with our variable texture gun. So now, the interior of this travel trailer is done!
I need to get ready for the 8am morning meeting…with Jared on a well deserved vacation, Phillip & I have to hang onto the wheel of this barge! I’ll show you a breakdown of what this Airstream interior refinish means…..see ya later ……………………