I find I polarize folks. The way some people love to project themselves over other to make themselves look big really irritates me. The some say I do that…….. fair but I try to stay back on Facebook and other social sites, I usually only say something when whatever the thread is is really, really bad for those that float on every word they read. When someone is just filling the room with smoke I say something. Guess that’s what irritates those other folks….but I have to. So many run out and do everything they read about……they end up with clusters of good intentions….ei: an unsafe atmosphere for fire!
Yes, I want to leave the thread to continue but after blowing up about lip service to fire dangers, a thread started up hitting one of the big nails right on the head. GET ALL THAT RIGGED UP STUFF OUT OF YOUR COACH! Someone commented that before installing a new tach that he thought he would clean up the wiring in the engine compartment first. He had a wire pile not unlike the one I pulled out of dash heat/AC project #3. After the fire the cluster of wires started last week…which BTW will be coming out completely, I gained my strength and went back into the coach focusing also on the engine compartment that Facesbooker did….here is the wiring I pulled out which as the thread pointed out everything still works! Getting down to the motor and to the original wiring in the harness, I can now connect my new wiring properly ….I also vacuumed up the acorns filling the crannies in the intake manifold. Now it’s not just the funky wires everywhere it’s more the improper wiring….. bare wires…you know things that make you go Hu! The last pic shows the previous owner had read about the supposed “plug-n-play” remedy for the harnesses burning from having a charged heating element wire wrapped around the dash harness (Nichrome wire issue)…which I do another more safe way….. so he knew what a diode was so he built it himself…..THAT was a serious no-no and this coach was rigged this way. The new owner…..you guys….didn’t know anything about the previous owners brain fart but he is now sitting on that time bomb!
THERE is the first thing you can do to guard yourself from fires in your motorhome! Do that, gets all of those rigged up circuit….and that’s NOT wadding them up and lumping together with tie wraps…..that’s another No-No! Bullcrap wires get hot and cause fires………things you don’t know what they do can cause a fire!
Then the next logical thing is to install a fire system that if something DOES happen, you have something that has your back. This is Fire Fight Produces SS100F4 sensor/deploy head mounted to the engine cover lip. When deployed it will send out a 360 degree umbrella 4 1/2 feet in diameter covering the motor and transmission. The non toxic foam suppressant is hosed to the deploy location via a double wall, Teflon lined braided stainless hose. The 2 liter cylinder is mounted under the front hood on the side of the radiator core support Here is the cylinder placement Actually we have made the system easier to install with the entire thing completely assembled, sealed. All you do is mount the head…mount the cylinder and you are done. This unit sells for $419…..yes, not pocket change. If you have to always get a deal on anything you buy…will 10% off for GMC owners help that latent tendency? Fine, call and tell me you have a GMC….I might ask your TZE # I’ll sell you this for $377.10…of course there is shipping……I don’t own UPS.
That series of pics those fire fighters were trying to get at the engine fire…..It was a mission in futility……the wheel liners would have to melt out of the way before hosing the wheel wells would do anything. No….that fire would take that coach…..you needed a foam deployment inside the compartment. That has the best chance of putting that fire out….if this head was there and detected 286 degrees F., there would have been 2 liters af the best fuel fire suppressant on the market hit the fire at 195psi and within 10 seconds my bet is that fire would have been out. There are no guarantees in this life…certainly not on a force of nature like a fire but at least you did the best you could……..doesn’t that sound like something you would want for your motorhome? Yes, I own the company and I can hear you naysayers scoff and say I’m advertising. Hey, I own the company because no one else would and guys, this is something really important! If you call that gratuitous advertising I hope your fire doesn’t catch you in your coach when it goes up!
And if you just can’t swing that at least invest $30 into a hand held foam system that will give you 12-15 seconds if triggered spray at 8-10′ distance. This is our SS20 This is “personal fire protection”. Have these everywhere, they are $25 in cases of 12. Yeah, if you havta have 10% off…fine but please do something….you need this…we need you to buy…sounds like a win/win to me!.
Damn, it sounds like this soap box is getting taller! The truth is, Fire Fight products needs your business. It was started by a GMC owner, funder by another GMC enthusiast and we are here trying to help….soap box gone but I hope it has said something to you…the community does not need to loose another coach to fire and you should think enough of your coach to not have it a fatality!
Moving on, the title today “I’m not the only crazy one here……I wanted to introduce to you Jared, my labor foreman and someone akin to my own heart. Jared now is the proud owner of one of my coaches “Tin Soldier”. Has an Olds 350 with 4:11 gears. Jared likes different stuff like me…seems he also polarizes people..but he’s less vocal about it……….I caught him planning the next step in his dream machine……a dropped sled coach That’s right…his Ragusa aluminum entry step will be on the ground He has designed a full drop FRONT air bag system! When he says lay down, his dog with lay down! A have to say with Jared, Phillip, Katlyn, Junior, Arthur and the rest of the crew here…we are now OFF the reservation!
Speaking of the new crazy man in town, he’s here so lets get this day going….see ya on page 2 later.
So the gang’s all here…I have my orders…I’m continuing to get jiggy with #3……and Phillip dug into a fresh motor delivered by Drew Koba for us to run up.. So walking in this morning doing my normal morning walk befor dawn…look at what I found
Motor on the stand, battery charged with all that’s left is stab the dist…..what a monster! This motor is going into a teaching van (transmode) for kids. Now this will be the last motor run up on our 66 Toro from clip stand This will be our next stand complete with transmission and drive train, we will be able to run up a motor or transmission and actually drive them! Stay tuned……..
A last note, we were unsuccessful looking for an all new steering column for the Ruby project. We will be harvesting the steering column from our…now Jared’s 1973 “Tin Soldier” With OE costs in the $1500 range, hey, there’s nothing wrong with a good original steering column. As soon as I Get Texas Tux blowing cold….soon, we’ll put this steering column into Ruby and move on. Sometimes the best thing is to not change something….hey, I’m looking at everything though……
See ya tomorrow.