Got that question 2 times this weekend on 2 different things. Guess I need to explain…… a little. But first Hey Bruce B., pulled your coach inside for the toll booth windows Friday …. what’s THAT? Got his “angel wing” LED headlights in, FiTech fuel injection in, fluids baseline, brakes, tires heck what else….. hey but what’s that? Crap, it’s a seam on the radiator! Gotta go back on the lift to loose that under bumper hitch in favor of a thru bumper style….. good thing we cut the radiator mount to let the radiator drop straight down when we did the restoration 3 years ago….. didn’t think WE would be the next ones to do that.
Hey look at it this way Bruce, when you get the coach the radiator will be one of the newer updates done.
Right here would be a good place to answer the question put to me the weekend…… So if you’re saying you’ve “had enough” of being stressed out on delivery dates, which one of the projects you’re doing now has you pissed off?
Well, now thanks for the question…. the answer is all of the folks with project in here understand this and though they all would like it fast understand it cannot be rushed. When you live it it’s easy to understand… no it’s those naysayers out there who just cannot believe the money and time that goes into one of these. I have had people I know talk to others with projects in here asking “why is it taking Jim so long?” And, “Yeah it comes out great but it takes too long.” To those that can’t understand it’s right…. they CAN’T understand because they have no idea what’s involved …. oh you can just “cave and pave” then shoot single stage paint and be done with it……… Please sir, with all do respect and all that…….. you must understand there’s a difference…. and that difference is what all of my current customers understand, want and would be upset if we did anything less! THAT’S what it takes and no less. So THAT’S what I meant about that comment Friday……. going into ANY project worth doing: quality, speed or price….. pick 2 and I’ll tell you now I will never leave out quality.
At long last, today RC’s awesome coach gets it’s toll booth windows. Not available when we finished his coach, RC helped with the initial tooling and finally will get some fruits of his labor Just sitting here the air ride system stopped air ridding so we’ll figure that out too. See, just sitting things go on! Oh yeah, this project took over a year… and it’s STILL not or should I say never done. It’s just the nature of these beasts which was also a point I was trying to make on Friday. Each time a coach goes out it should come back with a punch list of things to do or at least check…….. when you get where you’re going you’re so happy any trauma that happened along the way goes away… isn’t it nice how nature wires us to do that….. that means have a note pad and pen with you and make that punch list as you drive… as your head is in the coach and issues are fresh.
And speaking of that, Willie should have a list by now, he drove Savoy Brown back home to Maryland this weekend….. took 2 in line filters I know of to clear out the fine rust from his fresh furl tanks feeding his FiTech motor. All I can say is sitting in florida with no fuel in the tanks must have caused surface rust…. We’ll check for that on subsequent coaches taking out. I tell ya this Ethanol…….. can’t say that even on MY site!. If the vehicle is set up for it fine but if it’s not there are issues……. Good think Willie left here with filters in his spares box. See, don’t leave home without a basics tool box (Harbour Freight is fine) and some basic spare parts. In fuel injection systems the 2 highest failure points are the filters and the electric fuel pump which Willie left prepared with. BTW, if you have a fuel injection system on your coach be sure YOU know all the replacement part numbers and you have them.. especially filters, pumps and relays. These are the first failure point in those systems……
The second comment was on this drawing I put out Look, for some reason I stay up nights thinking about stuff like this….. our original air bag was the only one ever made that way.. (this packed away original air bag worked great for 6 weeks then started to leak …. the air bubbles…… around both ends) even today air bags are designed and manufactured totally different. They are all 2 dimensional single side movement designed. The cremped side is pretty much made to move up and down. This is off the early Harrison system. This system offered the added stability of independent suspension but with the bags centered on the arms as you see, the pressure needed to achieve “ride height” was over the rating of the bag. Putting a moving plate like this to keep the 2 bags from “hotdogging” or rotating can’t work because the twisting movement goes down to the 2 dimensional pivot putting huge lateral forces on that hinge . This was a system we actually offered for a while until we realized the weak point of failure. In 2 planes the last system would work great…. just don’t make any sharp turns….. “BOB” here has some big fat bags, turning corners may allow these bags to scrub on the inner wheel liner.
The quad bag system we use also presents lateral deflection but cutting that movement in half presenting a stationary vertical member will spread that stress over both bags not amplifying movement with huge spacers…. and without any high stress points. I guess my point is I wanted you guys to maybe see more about why a rear air bag system isn’t just a matter of bolting a bag between spacers……… I know it costs more, anything worth doing will…… soap box is gone………………………. Hate to say it but I’d rather have good original bags (if they weren’t so dang old)….. the cones were there for a reason…….
Yeah so that’s the answer for that one…….. hey we live in America… we can all have opinions and to be honest maybe I shouldn’t be so negative on other systems… I mean there are a pile of them out there looking like they are working….. so sorry for stepping on toes … this is just my reasoning …. do this rear suspension the way it feels right to you…….
So if you were pondering these 2 questions … hope it’s all good. Every coach in here is doing well, on target and lookin good. If you would like to have things done on your coach great, lets make a plan… but leave delivery open…..
It’s tint day for me, JD gets tint and as soon as I get Ruby’s felts in it’s ready too! Hot day of work for me, I’ll take pics…. see ya tomorrow and thanks for dropping by……