You remember I was showing you how leaving the hi rise aluminum intake put his FiTech system above the floor level. This has always been one of the pupu things that we’ve worked hard to find and restore worthy low profile intake manifolds. Hey and I can understand that AND unless your original intake is salvageable with exhaust block off plates, your only option on a 455 motor (403 motors have no problem here) building this “doghouse is what you will end up with.So take a minute and think about this……there are NO cup holders up front we all have grown accustomed to! And as the late George Carlan once said, “You have to have a place to put your stuff”! Overall weight isn’t much heavier than the original floor panel and the fixed to the panel console gives you something to grab when you want to get to the motor. Those of you with engine cover R&R duty know what I mean……… There’s necessary space for the throttle body AND a recessed console compartment. Thanks to Santos, our upholstery wizard, this console came out pretty tastefuland with this new, sound and heat insulated engine cover.is dropped in place along with Santos carpet wizardry the front area flooring is finished. Note the narrow, contoured seats that will give plenty of egressS.o ergonomically it works and look what a little extra room down below allows us to Ar…Arrrrr …..it’s the Binford model noise and heat maker!Still due for its Sanden AC compressor when we go after the dash air but a good compression, new double roller time chain, new Distributer, wires and Delco Rapid fire Platinum #7 plugs. A new complete active fuel injection system with a hi flow cone style air cleaner and 4″ inlet. Headers with new mufflers, quad bag system with new 16″ tires and wheels, all new bearings and brakes….the new single 53 gallon fuel tank…………dang, what elseThis is what it mean when we say “mechanical first”. Not mistreated but it’s obvious Chris also has some angles for interior and exterior updaresbut it’s still together and reasonably clean……nothing wrong with showing your college colors but Chris didn’t go to UF so my guess is you’ll see that go awayand I’ll confide to you guys lusting after one of these coaches LEARN here…….. This 1973 survivor sold for $10,000 as it was. Surveying the coach we found the frame to be good, engine compression was all in the 130′ s, ran and all the parts were there. We did blow the “budget” but things were added when the feature/benefit was considered….like insulating and carpeting the front area when trimming out the engine cover from the FiTech installation.
See these are things to do when you are there. We also pitched the original “wedgie” seat pedestals in favor of the NITSA approved swivel pedestals with a seat belt bar…..that means no seat belts coming out of the floor! Scroll back up to that seat pic and see what I mean…..it will have a clean, roomy floor WITH a doghouse console….can’t wait to see it all together.
The point here is as long as the purchase has a useable frame, the motor and basic operation works….the interior is something to wOrl with and the exterior is presentable its a “survivor” . If you can find a survivor like this between $10-20,000….as in the words of the late Lee Iicocca “If you can find a better car buy it”! If the prospective coach fits the “formula” (and go to our “Coaches for sale” page and read) then buy it and get started making it what you want it to be.
It will take more time and money than you anticipated….always but relax after looking over what exactly was done and was that project needed and done well and fairly……..the outcome should be a reliable platform for whatever you want to do with the coach. This is how it should be If you are paying attention.
But let me finish with this…..once you have made a decision….go with it and know the sale price will be small compared to what will be put into the coach to get it safe, reliable, comfortable and good looking. You can stop anywhere along that line because the question is not what to do but where to stop! The goal needs to be do what’s needed to make it right or fret over every little thing that has to be done. The bird is 45 years old there bunny……it’s gonna need some love and probably a good bath before you could sit down to dinner with this refuge……….
See ya later
So yeah, it’s Friday…..my day off and look at me……now I have a little time to work on the leaking fresh water system in JayGee…….see ya later