Yeah, I know Spacely…. no web crawlers will ever pick this one up but it just seemed to fit! A chilly morning headed for a clear blue warmer day… heck, we might be able to do something on Ruby! Stay tuned…. but really, the thing that makes today feel good…. Plillip and his gal (I may have to start paying her to keep Phillip at this level)… heck they got the Sundae”s new 403 Roller cam motor and Manny trans …. “in thu hole” quoting the vernacular! Going in and out from the bottom sure keeps things clean…. note the 1 pound sheet goods sound and heat insulation already put down to pad the front floor. When you are doing a motor AND trans…. and who wouldn’t address one without the other on a restoration….. it’s a one stroke movement to do them both from the bottom at the same time. The motor is partially dismantled from running on the motor stand to get it safely in the hole Phillip is tying up all the stuff on the bottom before moving up top for that assembly well that’s Jared, my shop and labor foreman…… a motorhead himself…. lemme show ya one of his toys he built from a numbers matching 1946 USAF jeep Really guys, this is a frame and body numbers matching….. they didn’t have a 4bbl. 350 back then…. all air side, will pick up 6″ from being slammed as you see it. I can hear it now……”the Air Force never had green jeeps”…. Willys only made green jeeps, the Air Force was delivered green jeeps they then rolled on their colors…. totally useless trivia but this may give you an indication on the depth of crazy ideas we have running loose around here right now! We could do a re-enactment with my German side car bike over in the back!!!! Hey.. hold my beer….. we have some other outrageous projects sitting here waiting for a little labor time… stay tuned to see what we can pump out…
So back to here and now… wait, that Jeep IS here and now…. I mean lets get back to GMC’s here is a good looking recent purchase we have the job of sealing up. The coach had been garage kept… good thing cause it resembled a strainer when we blew it up with the blower in the window test…
Lemme show you a leak area and what to do: here is the coach … a good looker for sure and here is the large window we’ll be talking about Looks great and very clean… that’s one big reason the coach was purchased, I mean really clean, detailed to the tees and garage kept….. it looks like a good buy and it was but now it needs to come out of the garage and back into service.
The hard part of doing this isn’t what to do rather where to stop…. there are many things to do here and please indulge me while I not only show Ross but also you the issues and rigure what you want me to do:
OK, looking closer at the window frame we see some issues… not apparent from the normal eye… on a close-up like this lemme show you some things… The large and small rubbers have shrunk from UV bombardment, someone has attempted a repair by sloshing some black goopenpucky in the opening. That really isn’t a big leaker problem in itself so do we address these hard as a rock, shrunk rubbers? Unless the corners have popped out I could leave them if we’re looking for water leaks… your call. The one thing that’s missing is the pinning of the vertical bar. Look at this window from Bill’s “Fandango” we’re building and note the clear aluminum rivet at the base of the vertical bar When you look at an early “type 1” window frame, what GM had been putting in until mid your 76′, the vertical bar actually moved with the slider window. This Type 2 later frame had this bar secured to the fixed glass to hold it in place. Guess GM missed that… go look at the other window pic again….. no rivet, this made the fixed window vulnerable to migrate causing a gap at the front of the glass, actually in the 77 & 78 models where they figured this out, they used small phillips head screws…. we put in 1/8″ short rivets when we redo these windows and put in rivets on windows like the ones Ross has that has no screw. Replacing these shrunk rubbers takes @ $350 in materials and 45 minutes per window… that’s 6 windows…. @ 4.5 hours of labor at $80 per that’s $360 plus $350 in materials…. $710.BTW JD, the pic of the window with the original but also with the badly shrunk rubbers is yours… we probably need to have this conversation too…
But wait, that $710 may not have anything to do with the prime directive of water leaks…… most window leaks are from between the frame and the body… not in the window itself! Guys, remembering the prime directive… do I do that work?
Now lets get to sealing the number 1 window leaker… that would be the gap between the window frame and body. Here is a pic of the RTV seal we created to seal Rosses windows We bagged off the gap between the frame and body, flowed in black RTV then wipe it quickly with your finger and pull the tape. The sealant is an adhesion sealant that leaves a nice looking continuous seal around the frame… this seal also covers any paint lines you will always have when painting a coach like Fandango…. the seal will cover the tape line around the window frame….. Shhhhhh that’s our secret…. We have left this project on Fandango until we get his paint wet sanded and buffed out but soon his frames will be first the tint on the inside removed and new film installed, the frames and new rubbers will be painted Trim Black then we’ll add the frame to body seal and those windows will also be done. This work of sealing the frames takes @ 30-45 minutes a window… if we repaint the frame AND do the sealing process it’s a strong 45 minutes a window or $360 for all 6 side windows using @ 3 tubes of RTV sealant @ $6.50 each. That should seal the windows.. Ross we are sealing only your good looking frames. You can do the rubbers later or just lemme know if you want us to do them.
See.. this is what this page was started for… showing customers things about their coach and having a chance to explain it in writing. Communication in life is always the hard one!
And look at this… I’ve writtin another novel! Sorry but I hope it helps explain a little about sealing all those windows. The driver/passenger windows can have their felts renewed for $24 in materials and 1 hours labor… Lemme know Ross if ya want that too.
OK… everyone is here looking at me like get out here…. see ya tomorrow… ..