Should have looked at my calendar, had a fire safety talk with a club, no not a GMC club….. there are piles of SOB (some other brand) motorhomes and they have seen their 3rd world country monster motorhomes burn like lighterwood. Not just our dried out particle board mobile campfires looking for a match their easy bake ovens on wheels need fire protection too.
Let me pass on just one sentence I use in the fire safety presentation:
Your motorhome is comprised of 85% class A flammable material. When burned, this material leaves an ash…. wood, plastic, you….. It’s being propelled through space by 2 Class B flammable liquids…. gasoline and propane that has 83,000bty per gallon of explosive energy…..being energized with 2, 12 volt systems with a wack of batteries, an AC power plant with full kitchen electrical appliances all thrown in a box together averaging 8.1 vibration on the Richter scale…all day long…and in our case the man made container is 40 years old! I mean come on, what could possibly go wrong? Are you even remotely prepared for such an event.
OK, I’ll stop but really guys, are we THAT sure our beloved GMC won’t let us down just once? Yep, I’ve stopped.
So getting back from that, these folks were coming by for one last look before flying back to Europe. This survivor 77 Palm Beach will be brought back up to it’s original pea green heritage. More coach owners are embracing what a beautiful original motorhome represents……..what’s old is again new…I just hope those double knit, 3 piece leasure suits never come back like this!
On the heals of another purchase from the other side of the pond, my good friend Jay M. realized this had been a great part of their lives but it was ready to move on and now a new steward will be bringing this 78 Eleganza also to a “restomod” original look Like I’ve been saying, it’s time to take these awesome raw materials and turn them into something of beauty….and that’s not just me saying that! We truly are in a revival of our coaches! You may be the only crazy guy in your city who sporta around in a GMC. They probably have a name for ya…….but I’m telling you folks are turning their heads in interest. We call a fully restored GMC Motorhome the “cheapest toy in the box” when compared to anything that can give you this much pleasure. This is what is driving our business. See the trick is all that old stuff still working but hanging off your coach has to be taken away and really renewed. The eye is the worst critic……if it looks whatever…..it’s not liked but if it touches that spot you’re looking for….now then something magic happens and THAT’s what I enjoy seeing.
It’s the nuts and bolts that make those dreams alive….like Texas Tux new double bubble insulated headliner Or another top end intake block-off and refinishing before it’s new FiTech fuel injection system goes in….You MUST do this project first…… Our motor color is gun metal industrial big hunk O metal grey. We also have that coaches rear brake, bearing, 2 wheel Ebrake, Quad bag projects drawing to an end with his new 16″ aluminum rim Erated trued & balanced tires ready to put this puppy back on the ground!
Our upholster has been putting in the hours and has Tom S. exact look alike original pleather covered sofa done As soon as his new walls are in this puppy goes in.
Got in another “Non Trauma” 455 motor. for our stable of motors that have not witnessed failure .
.I feel we start far ahead of the game building a motor to start with a core motor that has not been subjected to the stresses of locking up to failure. Think of how many super-hot heat cycles a motor pulling 12,000 has endured over 40 years. We already know the metallurgy of cast exhaust manifold has mad them brittle and today most every motor is running headers because the manifolds fell apart. Well.. what about the heads and the block, the crank..what stress are they under when at their peak and a component part lets go..a rod..piston…. push rod…valve…whatever…….these are the stable of non-trauma motors we are collecting…to the left is a freah motor or our 1966 Toro front clip run in stand…it’s going into a coach next week after its “on the ground” run in This was the soap box Joe Mondello was preaching from when he passed. I believe him, I believe we need to be really careful on expecting a 40 year old motor to perform just as good even better than what it did 40 years ago…..that’s just usually not done. I mean you will tool around in you restomod on Saturday night but drive it to North Dakota? Not in the plan…….. hey but that’s what we expect out of our GMC Motorhomes! Think about that!
We got in 2 holding tanks…not to be confused with the 3 installed in the last 2 weeks…So I feel the 1/2 life of a roto-molded polypropylene holding tank seems to be about now! Hey, are you marking your spot? See this is another one of those thing you need to do….get on it man!
Oops, there’s the end of page 1 for today…Jared is in and I’m out in genral population for a while…see you after your breakfast……on page 2.