Sorry, I created dead air yesterday…….. working 4 days 10 hours really works for productivity but I also found after a week like that it’s essential to have stuff like this happen to get over 4 “late” days See that……I’ve started it, you never miss what you never have…… I worked Sunday….had to getting set up for 4 weeks of …..I don’t think we can do all of this. This is the stress you see made up on TV. It is such a large part of a restoration…I wish the focus could stay on work but timetable always catch up and every project has an end and ends are always traumatic. I need to find a way this doesn’t happen but honestly it’s been a part of this business since I started.
When is it gonna be done? The multi-dollar question and one that if you want to do well will always stress you out.
We have one coach trying to get to Amana coming up, one has to be the centerpiece at a family get together and a 3rd for some other outing…….I know it’s just never done and who’s to say you need to run around like ants when the cake is taken away but from this side of the saw ….dang it’s just not a fun as you want it to be….hey but “baby the rain must fall” so here we are and it’s “time for all good me to come to the aid of their country”.
Sunday was filled with hanging blinds and valences…….It’s usually @ 1 hour per window and the job didn’t go bad but it was all the other stuff I had to finish out before I could cover the windows. You see the valences covered inside and out with felt backed vinyl both to color match the walls but also to give the new aluminum blinds a soft surface to quieten any rattling that might happen. Theblind is actually riveted to the valence and the blind/valence assembly is served up and held in place each by 2 aluminum brackets If you remember the coach that caught on fire in our building………this is it and here is the fresh bedroom with textured walls, rear panel, doors…cloth side curtains, fresh upholstry and a blind across the back
I threw the chocolate color from the new dash onto the valences and overhead doors.
The sofa with it’s bunk had to go in before I could hang the blinds…..it always goes like that….u can’t do this til that is in….and THAT can be done til you have 2 bolts and the brackets for the bunks….Now where is that box with all those parts that came off……..Oh, here it is
So the bunk and sofa are in, valence cut to clear and the galley window get’s covered…all has to go in at the same time…….Fewwwwww, glad THAT’s done. I think the way I got so much done was no one was there…no phones rang…no one to tour….just me and the work….I love that but hate it too. This time with the stress we’re under I had to get this all over to push the coach along.
It’s up now but I didn’t have my “deadman” to hang the overhead but I did get the blinds in We had the front seats in but found the owners really wanted them reupholstered…..hey I don’t know if we can but we’re gonna try to get this thing ALL done….we’ll just havta see.
The last window….the door! Crap…the upper surround isn’t in yet! The blind goes on the upper part of the door…..now what! You guessed it I have to trim out the door before I could do this Ouch… that hurt. I would have gotten a pic of me sweat balls dripping from my nose…no one there to witness the struggle…… Oh well, I’m out for a cool beverage, a shower and dinner…that Sunday was shot but the work was done and we may have a chance to deliver on time.
Hey Bruce, you had asked for pics of your new LED headlights …… happened to go by when Phillip and they guys were exercising the lineup outside…here are the “halos”
and here are the LED’s on low beam…forgot to snap hi if I had taken the pic inside it would have all blended together into the surface of the sun! This coach is named Mr. Clean……I built this coach several years ago for a great friend Bob C. who wanted the coach to look like it would have when produced by GM today. The striped are decals, fine metallic paint….NEW chrome bumpers with blackout accents…..A really “clean” look
Another pressure point coach is getting new felts in the windows and painting of the frames. Nothin is ever easy….Tried even jacking the frames!!!!!! These *^%$#@* windows are tight! I need to go to plan B…….stay tuned..Marco you are right…these windows are a B*(^$@!
This being an early 73…..the top rails don’t have a rain gutter….. the early style window frames can be tough………stay tuned for that.
Kaitlyn is right at home under the coach plumbing the fuel tanks for a FiTech fuel injection system install…got a new guy Nic learning the undercarriage from Kaitlyn She gets a little crazy sometimes like all of us here. You need to be on that side of the fence if you do this kinda work……Wow, look at that original holding tank……all bloated out, the original white Thetfort gate valve still actually working….we know what will need replacing next!
And the beat goes on……thank God I have a crew like we have. In at 8am…thowin fur this 7pm……it’s fantastic to see enthusiasm….for a 3 day weekend like this! Productiviet is up and I miss the beach already! “Someday….over the rainbow….I’ll be back…….” For now…tote that bail, lift that other thing……get-r-done.
Thanks for the kind words on Facebook, maybe someone does appreciate all of this….it keeps me going…it was just one but that’s all it takes…thanks……
We’ll see ya tomorrow…and the work goes on….see ya then