It’s been frantic around here lately… alote of it isn’t showable like the cabinets being build for Steven and Ruby…… prewiring and other such boring things …along with that The Co-op is growing to a new fact of things we can do. Here is a finished product of a very important installation we now are involved in… this is a Stryker “Power Pro” installed with it’s “Power Load” new mandated stretcher system for all ALS ambulances This is a power operated lift and lock, state of the art system which we are installing as a Stryker service canter So in the midst of all the vintage stuff you will be seeing more of these machines
If you are ever needing a ride in an ambulance…. then showing up to ride on one of these you are in good hands… able to withstand a 20g stress… you may not but the Stryker stretcher will be fine! Costing many thousands of dollars with installation available only through authorized Stryker dealers…… I can see we have a good addition to our workload and corporate direction…….
Have no fear however, I have a place in my heart always for vintage RV’s but our talents can also go in other more critical equipment.
We’re here to retrofit old stuff like this. to new KYB shocks, new brakes and air bags. I must tell you ant single bag rear suspension system simply cannot give you the confidence you will not have to call Capt. Hook if you loose a rear wheel, bearing or bag. Big threads about rear suspensions….. personally you can be stuck on the road if you do not have this system . There are several adapted bag systems …… nothing can save you in a pinch like the quad bag system…….. sorry guys, it’s just so……. but that’s all old news, lets talk about some new stuff…..
John D. dropped by with his Co-op roller cam motor for a valve adjustment. One nice thing about the mods we build into our motors is valve train adjustment. Under his valve covers is a set of adjustable roller rockers…. Olds 455 and 403 motors depend on perfect valve tolerances for a smooth running motor….. when does “perfect anything” happen outside Detroit? If you want to be able to tweek your motor, this is one thing you can do and another thing you need is a guy whi knows how to set a motor up… Drew Koba has been our building for decades designing and assembling our unique Co-op/ Koba motors Drew hates for me to take pics of him but over the years he’s not been able to escape my phone A motor is much more than the sum of it’s parts …. knowing how to make it happen is why Drew is a major part of our motor program team. But even having the best you must have the full package to include the motor but also fuel and ignition systems to the standard as well.
Here is a coach getting what we feel is the best fuel delivery system available for the driving demands we need . The pink pliers means Katlyn is doing this install our resident certified diesel mechanic!!!! Phillip is putting together the front of the motor… timing chain, water pump, armour protected oil cooler hoses…. etc Then his new radiator will go up BTW, that is NOT aluminum, you cannot fix one of those on the road…. remember the first filter you should pass and “fantastic” idea through is “could it break on the road and leave me sitting there. Even a blacksmith can fix an original radiator!!! Phillip also hase the outside the frame FiTech fuel pump and fiter where it’s easy to replace on the road. The #1 problem with any fuel injection system is the electric fuel pump. You pull away from here with an extera electric fuel pump and filter with every installation…….. you know, you need a backup…..
With the front wheel liners out the new headers look cool peeking from over the front wheel…… With the liners in… it’s just not the same!!!! I mean the cool looking part. We installed these “try Y” headers not for any performance pick-up…. that’s a myth for a motor running under 3000rpm.
One great thing I can do here is answer questions…. here’s one I’m getting ready to call someone on. If you will search for and read a really good and well documented “white paper” by Jerry Workabout comparing a proper numbered Rochester carb. to a Rochester we had built using another serial number designation…… hey, while I have your attention I want to make it clear which side of the fence I and most every carb professional in this industry………
You really should read it, Jerry is a consummate scientific method investigator……but let me shorten his findings but there is no performance difference on the road in any way from the short series of carbs used on the GMC and one that has been set up to the exact specification the original carb series were set up with.
If you HAVE an original carb series fine… a reman will have it spit out proper everything…..so with the other carb so with now understand that carbs soon will have to be a thing of the past with this new “coolaid” fuels we now have…. guys don’t get your panties in a dither about carb serial numbers.
Now if THAT last statement didn’t get some of you internet gurus spitting flames …….. I guess you still feel you can be an island trying to keep your GMC running…….. one thread said I said… is that good English…… no one knows what they are doing….. what a silly statement… see I can say that on MY page…… NO, that’s not the point but even professions seek expertice when needed…making up stuff and following the other lemmings over the cliff….. don’t do it that way, be your own person, do your own due diligence….think and you will be way better off.
So I may have brought up something today you may differ on…. that’s great and healthy. If you fell differently on something investigate further, look at all sides and try an formulate your OWN opinion… base it on what’s important to you…. performance, money, serviceability, does it make you happy and do that! Do that and feel good about it because this is your coach made to do what YOU want it to do.
Yeah, getting a little deep, maybe waterlogged a bit. As you can see, things are happening here…. friends are getting together and fun and progress is being had. Our goal is to help those who want our help and we’re here to do that. Win…loose or draw you have a friend in…these businesses!
See ya tomorrow…….