Si I guess you saw the unexpected Emily conflagration in yesterday’s news. Like many reports and Earnest Hemmingway once said, “Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated….”. Yes there was a pile of rain but the Suzuki has wipers…… rain fell but I had an appointment to pick up some good looking bumpers AND the last NEW rear window I knew existed……. at Jeff’s place south in Okeechobee … into the breech of Emily. This pic is heading north shooting out from under the bad cloud that was the front edge of the storm
it WAS raining, I felt bad for that dinky little wiper motor spinning it’s brains out on hi hey but I kept 60mph and stayed on empty 441 south, a backroad. 2 hours 1 way still put me back into the shop after 6. This morning I pulled into the shop with my booty Who SAYS a back window won’t fit in a Suzuki! My old jeans made a good shock pad for the glass…. and JD, check out your beautiful rear bumpers! We’re fortunate Jeff had BOTH of these rare parts for us, thanks man. See, no one can be an island having a GMC, even us! Us GMC dealers who understand all work together, too bad there are others…….. OK Scott C., I’ll move on…..
So while I was gone it was moving day for Ruby. Having a clean, open shop to work in is awesome so having the space Phillip and Jared fired up that Hum V turbo diesel to move Ruby to it’s new spot Serious big motor guys for sure and there’s Willie watching as we made the move. Backed in right next to the 57 Belair stretch Phillip exercised the turbo giving us a little of the diesel exhaust, no exhaust yet back to the rear… wish I had the GoPro working…… There’s nothing else to say about this project than Ruby is on her way to being a “Bad Mamajama” . And here’s another shot of that original “prototype” laminated rear window… fogging! Yes, a prototype laminated (like the front window) glass. The original rear windows are all plate glass having no center plastic laminate layer to suck up water and fog up like our front windows do… pretty cool So it’s another rainy day here in paradise…… we’ll be inside, Spacley’s 23′ 350 skunkworks motor comes off the lift somehow today….. this rain is killing that project being outside……. We’ll be working on some leaks we found in coaches from the big rain, and life around here keeps on keepin on……
And again why do I come here every day… well mostly…. and plunk around here? One thing is it’s therapy for me …. keeping projects in line, making sure each gets what it needs but also I want the owners of projects in here to see and understand things are getting done and we’re having a great time doing those things. It’s important in this business that the guys enjoy themselves and have the tools and support they need. We’re fully staffed now at 8am …. a big step and though there is no “cake work” here, the guys are proud of their work and are really putting out a team effort.
One thing we have started doing ourselves is the window tinting work on the coaches. We had a comment that one of the tint jobs was less than awesome……. OK, I’ll do all that myself Hey, I heard ya… al I can say is this is the time of year for tint… kinda like after a hurricane, the roofers are working fast……. We have professional tinters do our work… guess during this summer I’ll have to do it…. no problem……to me, I had tint shops in the past… window tinting is a must with all the glass area our coaches have….. once had the concession franchise for “Tinting by Sears” so to me, professional tint work is a must Guys, if you haven’t looked into it, look locally for a professional tinter and get some of this new ceramic film. Your summer will be different!
OK, enough already, I need to get onto Ruby’s windows, Spacley’s 350 is coming off the lift…. can’t wait to drive it…. and the beat goes on…. see ya tomorrow…..
Larry Campolongo says
Love reading your blog. As a owner of a ’77 Palm Beach, (it’s been in the family 39/40 years), I enjoy seeing the process that your restoration projects go through, to bring them back. Someday, I hope to limp the old girl down, from PA, to go through her own transformation.
Mark Twain said that. Not Hemingway.