Gonna talk about way more than that today but there’s just something I would like to convey to those of you… many of you lurk around as I try to do on these “social network” sites. That’s a good name for it …. like a soap opera you can be in …. live … every day ….. neverending! Looks like we’ve invented a way to constantantly have a way to say “hey, look at me” or whatever makes us go there.
See I have a strange head about this because my research librarian Mom (the “research” part made it much worse) programmed mu peabrain in the Dewy Decimal System and I retain in blocks all the stuff that’s been thrown at me over 26 years of messing with these motorhome. When you ask me a question (those of you who have been here and done that know what I mean), out comes a lugie of verbage…. try not to get it on ya… of everything that’s been filed away in my card catalog (you remember those…. the wood wall of knowledge) . My problem is I start at the beginning to the end and sometimes it gets involved but never the less I have this urge to tell it to you.
Think about having that affliction and going up on Facebbook! Right away I found myself shutting down threads … and I had just gotten into enjoying reading the thread! I found usually in an open setting unless they’ve brought a sandwich that’s not what they were there gfor…. it’s a 2 sentence communicate those places fit with….. have you EVER known me to say something in 2 senteces?
I tell you the first step of changing something in acknowledging the issue and guys I know it …and for those that react best on binary answers ….. well, Harry Chapin wrote a song “but there’s so many colors in the rainbow and I see every one….” .
I’ve found it best to not comment on most things on Facebook because I cause too much trouble. I’ve limited it …. not now trying to be a mediator….. Billy Massey does an awesome job of that and yes, he’s sent me to the principal once… or twice and I love him for keeping me out of trouble. I ususally don’t say anything until I feel whats being talked about is unsafe or going in a tangent not recognizing there are maybe more effective alternatives … if that’s a politically correct way of saying it.
But when I do say something still, it seems like it disrupts a thread and for that I do not want to be thought of as whatever emogee that would fit… I don’t know, I do know however because I have the scars to prove that some things are a bad idea, unsafe or “almost perfect” if you can read the meaning. So look, I don’t want to disrupt the fun and informative Facebook threads because that’s what it is.. a social network!
I like that too so how about this, since you HAVE to make a decision to come here to the daily pose, can I expand sometimes a little on threads on things I see around that I would like to say without taking up all the space on Facebook?
And please, if things seem to get less fun in trying that let me know with a comment at the bottom of the post …. I mean to me it’s important to keep this time we share here where it wants to be.
OK, that said……. and for wading through all that, today is delivery day and it’s all about that here. Starting a well kept survivor, a young couple got it and understood what was needed before doing anything as far as use with it. They can’t afford it all right now but after 1 outing where the rear wheels had a problem… they have the quad bag system…… now this is NOT a “hi end restoration” but they understood very well how important it is to have options when 1 wheel comes off …… this coach is too big to push and without AAA Plus with an RV provision thwetow bill to a place to get real help is going to melt your wallet! DO NOT put yourself in that harms way…… Get the quad bag system like they did. Look the guy is a very good and well paid waiter …. I am impressed with anyone who rises to the higher level of his trade….. not having a fat wallet he still understood the importance of this. His brakes worked when he bought is but with original rear brake hoses (rounded shoulder on the center block) everything on the brakes had to be attended to No, he’s not going for a 6 figure restoration but some things just must be! Basic mechanicals done he’s picking the coach up today for some local camping and travelling. He needs new tires…. he’ll get there but for now the decisions were made… he has AAA …. he has a Honda EV-6010 generator… and he has my cell phone number… and today is day 1 of their personal journey with this classic machine…. stay tuned tomorrow All of the ants now turn to the next delivery on Friday….. Scott and his Grandad’s dream machine Back in the 90’s he had a GMC and was doing business with me at CLASCO, it was an honor when FMCA member # 34 wanted a few more rides in a classic GMC and his grandson was going to make this happen Already sporting a descent “raccoon” look paint scheme we were already ahead of the game on this project. A Honda generator … hey, that flippen generator is NOT going to ruin THIS party! Up on the lift, we already knew the exhaust system was swiss cheese and there WAS a poopy tank leak but it was neat we would be able to kill 2 vultures with 1 lazer blast! Here is the holding tank on the ground with a heat hole in the side good thing I’ve stirred up the ant hill with a stick and they are crawling all over the coach We had an extra GM floorplan holding tank … had to yank that recirculation toilet anyway to put in their new one so hey… Bob’s your uncle and the exhaust should be finished this evening…..
One more….. that hand made window on Ruby has been biting at me… yesterday morning, fresh and non sweaty …. it’s time to stretch ceramic window tint on that basketball!
OK, 1/2 pack of cigarettes, a cop car with cop tires, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses … we’re on a mission from GOD….. hit it…….”. That window is going to be mine!….
OK, here we go… wanna know how this is done…. hold my beer! First thing you can see the challenge, this glass is NOT flat, it’s hand laid You can see the straight reflection in the glass on the right in the Star Trek spacewarp bubble the the glass to the left! Filming this glass (ask any tinter) is going to be stretched from the center……. like I said before, think of how can a wrap a basketball with wax paper without creasing it? Plastic wrap might work but tint is like crisk wax paper… it can bend easy in 2 planes but try and add 3d and your life gets difficult!
OK, step 1, cut a decal from the film exactly the size of the glass…. how?…… from the outside Wet the window with soapy water, lay the rough piece on the window and cut it out…. hey, make sure it’s really tight cuts! So with the “wax paper” exact size decal stuck to the glass your can now see the mountain we must climb … those “fingers” will have to be stretched to go away! A hair dryer, various tools of the trade “Damn the torpedos… full speed ahead! Lets get that inside surface really clean. A 5 way clean…. 1. flush the surface with soapy “slip solution” to flow down particulates…2. with a NEW single edges stainless steel razor blade, scrape loose and “Klingons” that happen to be stuck to the glass….. 3. scrub the surface with a dish washing scrub pad to spread the soap around scrubbing off and residual oils, etc. 4. Squeegee the surface removing all the slip solution carrying everything that was scraped and scrubbed lose. Remember just 1 hair or dust piece in the wrong place and you will have a “fly on your nose”!
Now for clean step #5, completely flush the surface with the slip solution, that will short out the static electricity that attract those fur balls…. now, you have @ 1 minute to peal and stick the film before dust starts coming! No matter where you live we all survive in a dust bolwl full of pollen, dust, no one is sure what else….. lets just leave that there…… Now, I have wetted the side of Ruby placing my “decal upside down…. now quick, pull the liner and get the film on the glass…. the clock is ticking The film must be completely wet , pull that liner, pick the film off the wall without touching the top side…. don’t let the “decal” touch anything and get that bad boy on that glass…. NOW MISTER! It’s there and I’ve stuck the center with the squeegee. Holy crap, it’s an 8 legged sea creature … you’re going DOWN bunky…. OK, it’s hammertime….. where’s my blow drier? Wave the magic wand… keep the pixy dust out, make up a few new words doe Mariam Webster and WHAM …..The front glass has the same shade as the back which means the film is on there! is THIS where you throw the microphone to the ground …. as Ace Ventura would say…. YES…. YES….. YES…. alrightythen! Report Major Tom….. all windows on Ruby are present, accounted for (other than that nasty laminated back one) and are covered with 35% ceramic film…. over and out….
Oh stop me! I need a Coke and a bag of peanuts… and I need to get to work. 8:30, I’m gonna be docked…. see ya…..