Hey, I like the idea of saving energy but did you realize a full sized HumVee has a smaller carbon footprint than a Peius? Those batteries.. energy to charge them, maintenance and when the batteries go bad you may wanna think about crushing the can to make something else. A GMC motorhome is a very cost effective machine. Your house, with it’s conditioned air, a big ole water heater, 36 wall warts running everything , remember maybe the radio is off but the power supply in the wall wart is still on pulling power! Then figure in the footprint of your transportation…. a vintage RV has had the energy to produce it done way back. It takes energy to trash an old one then more energy to build a new cracker box that will not last as long as the GMC has. You get 8-12 mpg depending on how you drive and the maintenance of your drive train… next time someone says you are fuelish driving that big ole rig just let them know you are treading lightly on the earth!
Moving on…. I gotta tell ya Ron K. paint is coming together. Twinkles is protecting Kevin’s work As I said before, that orange paint is not wet or oiled down to get it to shine like that. Waz it take to do this? A lote of wet sanding and buffing That’s before and this is after Kevin’s just a buffn fool, 3 grits of wet sand then 3 grits of buffing compound and this is what you get Now3 THIS is a paint job!
“Spacley” and his wif came over for a looksee on their new 23′ Birchaven The PO of this proud machine did his best at keeping it looking good and clean but up in age and not feeling good about driving, the coach suffered a bit from that sitting. John drove the coach in to the shop, brakes were sketchy but it made it. Pulling the wheels the problem was obvious. Maintenance was to replace a part that fell off but nothing more, never seen only 2 springs replaced in all that mess of stuff! as you can see, the crud on the outside of the wheel cylinder is brake fluid holding the dust His fuel lines were petrified and really messy but when you see a bolt stuck into a hose you KNOW something isn;t right but the real news under here is the frame. The rear part of the frame was great, no rust on the subframe back there but the body pads are gone. The real frame issue is on the front clip, passenger side just above the axle That red color is not paint! Hank showed John the donor frame His radiator core support is being held on with tie wraps… we’ll fix that. In short, the coach is a good core coach purchase with expected issues to renew. The ffont frame damage is a little over but hey, it’s a 40 year old machine…. we can fix it… Stand by, we;re doing the brakes, the frame and new tires and rims… Spacely will have plenty to do at his place but hey, ya gotta be doin sumpin… When youu get one of these things you must expect an average of $3-7,000 repairs.
To that end lemme show you another “good core” offered for sale right now. You can look at this as a good sample of what you should look for. Here is a 76 Eleganze II 26′ coach The history on the coach is it’s been used and maintained by the same owner for 10 years with a GMC specialty show doing the work I ran into the coach at last weekend’s Rennigers vintage RV rally , is selling his Harley too. The asking price is $7900 and for that, it’s a great deal. It’s actually a great deal even after the bucks to update it back to the road. Figure $15,000 will do that Many positive things but overall it’s a together coach needing some love to get back on the road. You may find a core for less but remember, the lower the cost of the coach … the more you will probably spend getting it going. Hey but hope springs eternal, it really doesn’t matter that much, if the frame is good and all the parts are there —- and you can afford it… just go buy it and don;t look back.
Gotta go, see ya tomorrow and thanks for the visit and your support…