Yesterday I had to make a made dash to Monster Transmissions to keep up with the labor flow on Marco’s coach.
With the drive train goal is to turn back those reliability clocks as I said as you investigate small things you find indicate large issues.
With our machinist out of the hospital now but moving his shop is going to be down til Janurary we have 4 drive train projects effected. One step at a time, keeping our performance transmission line going I too Marco’s core tranny plus another one out to Monster.
Motors are one thing but transmissions must be attended to holistically by true professional transmission folks…..that’s who Monster are. To give you an idea of their production, the boxes to the left and crates to the right is 1 days shipping! Makes the 2 I brought and 1 pickup seem small but I don’t use these guys because of their volume….it’s the quality we seek . Oops, he may know how to build transmission …not take pics!
On Marco’s tranny they pointed out something as we unloaded the lump is grease. Go out and check this on your coach. Slide under the passenger side of your coach and take a look at your modulator valve on the side of the trans. If its a big fat one like this know its a really old part….and Marco’s was leaking fluid from a damaged diaphragm….if oil comes from inside the port……its bad…..and this one is old too. And remember….. this tranny ran fine bringing to coach to us! Also, If the last guy who messed with the tranny made the decision to leave that part in I wonder what other parts were reused? If yours looks like this one call me (its the round thing just above the pan), new ones are short money plus the new units can adjust your shift points……so true small parts can cause big problems…and you may never know how sketchy major component parts are….……….Stay tuned, ill be back when I get to work…….
One of the great honors of this business is to see one of these creations go home, do it’s job….be loved and maintained then change hands and come back to be reoutfitted for a new family and new purpose. I have had many coaches come back and here is one I helped with from back in the CLASCO days, a restoration started in the 90′ s, finished it at the Co-op for that same owner now it’s been in our “Q” and will soon pull duty for its new family and “forever home”. Most certainly these coaches find their way into your heart, most are named and become a trusted, loved member of the family…..this one goes to its new family soon……just an awesome sight and awesome experience I’ll do a bit more later about the custom stuff on this project….1 I’ll show you now is the bumpers, diamond plate bumper fills and the rocker panels all the way around the coach is finished in epoxy bed liner pigmented black. The end result is a badass looking style and a full rock guard around the coach harder than woodpecker lips! Can be cleaned with anything and if you DO run into the QeII the stuff can be touched up easy-peezy! What’s not to like? The rear look of the coach is pretty easy on the eyes tooand looking ready to rumble with the twin Yakama “Space Case” classic Spok coffins! Yeah Baby…..new On an….yes I said On an…. generator to be sure all those Yew York family members stay cool and collectedNow wait, don’t run out and broadcast I’ve abandoned the trusty Honda units we have put on everything….forever….. We just made a buy of 9 Honda EV-6010 units which were rotated out of some emergency equipment my guess……and we have found a rebuilder to work with Paul over at Pinellas where we will be stepping up our Honda EV- 6010 and 4010 support. We have had so many asking to help them find a good Honda…..Heck, we’re gonna stock them now!.There’s a Honda sitting on top of that On an wrapped in rebuilder plastic ready to go.
Here’s another one that happens all the time. As I said the other day I cleaned up Larry getting it back to use. This morning I pulled in and lookthe rear suspension has a leak……what caused that? AIR WANTS OUT! A fitting decides its time to fail. I tell you those μ¤Ω¡¡ press-lock fittings work great….but given time they take a shape…..move it and there will be a leak! You are looking at it so don’t argue with me. Press-lock fitting will leak sooner or later……sorry, DOT does not work with a machine as long as I do!
Ok, its half day….see ya tomorrow