Something happened to my “tool bar”, hey Spacely gimme a call on what button I pushed wrong! Sorry…I’m technically challenged of crap like this…..we’ll have to march through this for now……..
Anyway, yeah it occurred to me that doing shakedowns like this personally…in a routine not only is helpful to our end process but not bad duty! It IS a labor function and I can’t stop work to play with everyone elses coach but it is again helpful.
Out of this road test a punch list was developed….there will ALWAYS be a punch list after a drive. On this drive I was concerned about the fuel gauge…..I filled the tank, the gauge pegged full of course but just barely started moving as I got back to the shop….@ 110 miles. I think this one is put on the aftermarket senders. When installing a FiTech fuel injection system, we remove all the original wiring and components of the fuel delivery system running a signal wire from the rear tank feeding it directly to the dash gauge. With all of the ^*(^$## there has been on 0-90 ohm fuel senders…heck I want a home run wire running that gauge. Eliminate failure points…resistance in that dash switch could make the gauge read off! We’re going to let out fuel and watch it as the fuel empties out…just to be sure.
I waited until the late afternoon before leaving Ormond by the Sea, the weather gurus said the rain would stop…..how bout that it pretty much did! They’re getting really good on that furcating stuff…… pulling out the hill to A1A is one of the few hill climbing challenges we get around here…hey, you can’t ride a 1 speed bike up it…ask me how I know! Anyway, the challenge was accepted and we rounded the top where the beach was The run back was pretty uneventful…….you can’t relax on I-4 with all the construction but it’s still seat time for me and that’s worth it Like I said, this could be work I could DO! Burning up dinosaurs for other folks…….could be worse!
Another is adjusting the height control valves but wait……the first thing I do when leaving the house is put the coach is put the coach to ride height…….THEN raise the coach 60 seconds to bring the ass up to muss speed bumps….right? Well the ride height on this coach actually brings it to where I like it to be in raise to miss those speed bumps and stuff. Heck, that’s where I want it to go first! Now when I hit the highway I open the lower function on the air ride controls 8 seconds and I’m now also at ride height for proper handling for straight ahead highway driving. When I come up to an off ramp simply flipping it to raise puts me up higher where I wanna be! Before you need to count the obligatory 60 seconds to raise the coach. I like this logic better I think….sure is less hassle not having to count “1 elephant2elephant3epephant like I have before…I think I’m leaving the height set up this way…I like it.
And I like the idea of a formal road test before a coach is picked up. Sounds great but it’s always been a hassle finding “extra” time to do this….what if we made it part of the final process? I can hear it now…WELL WHY NOT! Well honestly we have so much going on it’s hard to break away…but if it’s a part of the final checkout I HAVE to do it…….. lemme think on that one…..
Something I’ve had to just stop doing………This thing about parts…rebuilt…remanufactured and even sometimes new parts are just not up to it. On remanufactured parts no part causes more heartache than dash AC compressors………You know that big ole A-6 workhorse. It had been the mainstay for the GM fleet for decades…..really heavy, it pulls @ 20hp from your motor and is connected to a pitiful excuse for a heater box and duct system. We’ve addressed the dash AC system, blower system and all that but replacing the old compressors with a remanufactured (the best we can find) is just not giving us warm results. last week a fresh compressor locked up the first time we engaged the clutch! Yea and it was the best we could find!
OK, doing the same thing over and over expecting different result being a sign of insanity…..we are switching to an all new design compressor for the same application This is not an Sanyen modified compressor…there are no modifications needed, this compressor totally replaces the original design compressor exactly. Interesting….I’ve staying away from those other compressor mainly because I didn’t want to “modify” something where Bubba & Scooter would not want to work on it. This way we use original hoses, brackets and belt. I’ll let you know how this works. How much? How much would you pay to have cool air sitting on I-4 in August in a 5 mile long traffic jam? There was one east bound coming back from Ormond by the Sea yesterday!
A new AC compressor…not finely regurgitated original parts no matter how well it was remanufactured…I’m done with all that….I’ll let you know how things go……..John, you are getting this one!
Getting close to 8am, gotta get to work…see you guys tomorrow….