…… The last part of a project is the road test….well not really the LAST test is done with the owner to prove everything works as well as showing the customer how everything works…….you can never check your fluids too much on your testing….a loose fitting, someone missed something…..all these things too go into a road test like this one. This is a most important step, one I refuse to bypass WITH the owner. Our labor warranty is in house so if you as the customer refuses to do a test drive and a first person testing here we will refuse to deliver the coach to you. Why sound like such a jerk about this? Expectations and reality…… If you are a new GMC owner, certainly if you have never owned a motorhome you MUST be schooled on your machine. Why short circuit a huge restoration by not learning all about the coach. So please prepare to come here, spend a day or 2 plugged in here and learn about your coach BEFORE you take it home.
This delivery will be a little different, knowing this coach will soon be shipped overseas we will have to do this last shakedown ourselves. The owners have flown over for 2 holidays in their coach so in a way yes, THEY DO know much so the hope is everything will go well.
A most unusual coach…..its a 77 Palm Beach with a 73 Sequoia interior...Why? They had their hearts set on the early coach colors but this 77 Palm Beach was in too good of condition to pass it by No roof AC, they say they don’t need it where the coach is going. An original dash with a motorized double DIN screen, rear camera and the FiTech control module tell you this ain’t just another pretty face…….not a good pic but the FiTech module really tells you what the motor is doing.186 water temp, 12.8 volts on the battery, 17″ of vacuum at 757rpm….im idling. Take off……battery voltage goes up (it has a 1 wire alternator…..vacuum will go down when the rpm goes up. There are @ 30 other numbers you can throw up on this 4 readout screen too.
The coach looks like a well kept original iconic Palm Beach example of this classic motorhoneThis is how you hold your steering wheel below 60mph,one hand on the steering wheel and just let it go….lightly correct it like steering a boat. If your steering and alignment are right the coach will bout steer itself. And if yours won’t do that…..dont but all kinds of doodads……. Just get it fixed! A bone stock GMC will drive like that. We have a Quad bag rear suspension here but it has no effect on steering….it adds a factor of stability and safety.So soon, we will be driving this baby to the port in Jacksonville for its ride home. Another one heads overseas as an ambassador for classic American ironstay tuned as we get this coach ready to ship…….
We received our first shipment as a FiTech dealer yesterdayThis unit is the new FiTech “Forced Fuel” systems that makes everything work right in our 4 1/2″ deep GMC fuel tanks.we will be installing a Sniper fi system soon but with the experience we have had using FiTech we feel these will interface with our GMC batter…..hey all the new learning, active fuel injection systems work well.
Ok, enough for today…..more is happening so if you don’t see your coach today, watch maybe tomorrow…..we’ll see you then………….