In the morning when I crank up the lap top the program shows me the hits daily on the page, I see we already have 341 of you out there burning your lip on some coffee while waiting for me to throw some stuff out…… hey, I really appreciate that support and kinda to that end, with Patreon, lifeismorethanmpg.com, this daily page here, the craziness of trying to make headway each day having more now than 40 motorhomes staring at you AND trying to keep up with the GMCnet and Facebook……….. I need to change something in my social life! I can’t keep these pie plates all spinning at the same time and expect to do a good job at any of it. I hope you’re following what I’m saying…….. I have found my way of pointing out “the emperor is wearing no clothes” on subject wanting to help those coming up the trail and try and impart things I have learned….. I’ve found some don’t like that. Hey, I’m really sorry if things I point outtend to upset some….. I hear ya and I think the thing I want to change is for me to back away somewhat from the other social networking platforms to focus more on some of the things we are promoting. That way I can offend maybe less at the same time try and not have you guys have to learn some of this stuff the way I had to!
Lemme give you an example and please understand you can’t write something putting in the hand gestures and inflections you can face to face. OK so I’m on Facebook yesterday and a guy was showing his motor he just invested some og his DNA to put together. It looked great and I bet it took a gallon of engine paint to get it to look that good….. basically a great job but then here I go….. studied the pic a minute and saw he had “C” designation hi compression heads on the motor. This means he will have to run expensive hi test fuel to stay away from pingworld! Yeah, you know I mentioned that….. how stupid, the guy is showing his beautiful motor and I pulled a Trump on him. See, not meaning to down The Donald but we all I think feel life would be better if he would put away his Twitter feed! Hey, I probably should have thought that but not posted it. To that guy I’m sorry…. didn’t mean anything and if you would put a FiTech on the motor it will keep you from blowing up your motor. Ha, see I can say that here…. not there so I think I may need to stay here with any comment like that. Ya follow?
See other obscure things peak me…. like when someone is saying or proposing things I know I’ve tried and failed….. I want to help that situation but it seems to come off (probably because I’m not face to face) things get sideways sometimes……. None of that is why we are here, we do our best and help where we can…. that should always be the focus and even with my red neck way of saying things maybe if you see it here it won’t upset as many.
I am very interested in your comments on this…. afterall you guys are 50% of this communication here! So lets see how this works, if you do have something you would like me to comment on please ask me…… you can’t get upset if you asked me and if I do that here… no names will be used to protect the innocent and we can still impart the information.
OK, all that out lets move on to why we’re here…… last and this week has been tough, I sent Ada & Jim G. up to Canada to pick up a coach we’re helping with, Jared is playing “snow Bird” up in Vermont at least experiencing a little good summer weather before he walks into the blast furnace down here…… Ray my painter too has been on Vacation so who is left to push this rock? Lets move on……. Driving up this morning I was standing there and came to a realization looking at the coach row next to the building Left to right: a 73 painted some 4 years ago wanted to look bone stock….. Painted maybe 2 years ago the customer is finishing the interior….. didn’t paint it but did full mechanicals 13 years ago still running like a top….. a full restoration over 15 years ago came back for me to find it a new home (BTW, 4 coaches have sold from around here in the past 30 days, we’re doing SOMETHING right! Mr. Clean sold this week, a total restoration finished 3 years ago, the new owner got a deal!!! I was involved in that full restoration over 25 years ago and now I’m restoring it again! Wow, that’s cool….. and then there’s my coach “JayGee”, you will always pick it out in a crowd and last at the right corner is Lou’s coach, we painted @ 6 years ago it’s for sale, a quad bag.. new paint.. a rear bath twin bunk is for sale $15,000……. all of these coaches have some of my DNA… makes me feel tired…. and old! Hey but the dream IS still alive That’s our member pin, I was involved in the build of that coach in 1991… the first CLASCO restoration…… man do I feel old! Anyway, and think about all the stuff that’s inside the big building? There are 2 other coaches I built in the past…. pretty neat feeling. This is where I go to clean my head…….. folks like the stuff we have done and I’m not changing!
No names, how bout the holding tank on this 1973 coach. With a fill, bout every spot leaked, the hose well what can ya say.
The tank is original 44 years old, how do I know? The original part number tag is still stuck to it! That neat trowl out of grey sealant really didn’t do anything, the sender and 3″ outlet leaks like a siv….. looks good! Putting a reliable maserator system on this coach will need a new tank, the original toilet will be on the ground… what should happen? Yep, welcome to my world ….. the last tech worked on the system…. why? No “throwing under the bus” here, it’s just the truth! See, I can say that here……..
Lemme show you something that has to do with paint layout. Here is a drawing we’re working for our next exterior jobThe top pic is what we got…. as you can see installing a front visor still needs to allow the horizontal striping to stay flat. The slanted “raccoon” window blackout wants to look flowing, having sharp edges on the corners stops that. The dip on the bottom of the blackout will be fun but it does follow a natural line so I have no problem with that curve. Any time you deviate from a horizontal layout you set yourself up for issues. The doctored up bottom pic is what we will end up following. Takes a little more time but brother once you paint a stripe under the clear…. it’s there, kinda like a tat…… Hey, no big deal, it’s stuff like this we fixate over…..
The next step on Savory Brown… wheel liners are trimmed out, bearings replaced… that clear hoes to the left is a drain from the roof AC. Their new unit has a sump pump and drain line so water won’t pour down the sides and cause streaks…. pretty cool.. the bend over the frams should act as a “P trap” to keep critters out And yes, I only recommend the Quad bag rear suspension….. it gives you backups if a tire or air bag blows….. you just HAVE to build in countermeasures in you 40 year old machines. See, I can say THAT here too without making those that went the cheaper route feel bad. Being able to move no matter what happens is worth investing in, sorry. Now for the freshly polished rims and Savoy Brown will come out of hover mode for the last time!
See how well that flowed today… no names or attachments to folks should ruffle no feathers! Please let me know if there is something I need to see on all this social network stuff out there cause for now I can’t be there. I get in too much trouble because to me…. the emperor IS wearing no clothes!
See ya tomorrow……..
Jefferson Bagley says
Jim, please keep telling it like it is. Your advice and experience has saved me countless hours; like explaining why I shouldn’t use 3m 5200 to seal the top rail caps. Thanks again and keep up the good work. JB
Mike Sadlon says
Jim, Mike Sadlon here. Go take a look at my sideways thread on the GMC forum. I think you will get a kick out of some of my research.
I am ordering the exact GM pan from the HT383 motor. To insure my install kit will work as intended.
Martin Castle says
I would love it if you talked about the dash AC. I have a 1976 Glenbrook and cutting my teeth on mechanics with it. Probably not the best place to start, but might as well start with something your passionate about. It’s not hooked up , meaning no belt at the moment, so have no clue what works and what doesn’t, nor how to test or where to start. Figured some others may benefit from a little AC 101 so to speak. Thanks Jim
I’ll do it, thanks… great idea