I’ve made the decision to not bore you guys here with all the drama of this person making some bad choices, rather I’m going to keep to our goal here of having fun and talking about our fantastic motorhome. I will be posting more about that crap on another page soon. Still giving this person the last opportunity I’m still trying to reach out to him. If you know him, keep up the bugging because you need to have your friend make some right decisions right now. So if that’s why you came here stay tuned there will be more about it but if you came here like I do every morning to get your day started with GMC content …. heck, lets do that…
Just a quick look at a dash in Ben’s coach coming together. This coach is being built as a 12 passenger wine tour bus ip in the New York wine area… with a really cool looking dash I may add The guys will be getting the rest of this dash buttoned up today…. Kinda cool… the previous owner of Ben’s coach had painted up one of those Barby toy coaches up black/white like the coach. The guys found an interesting update on it’s look with the cap of a frig roof vent Yep, that’s Ben’s coach being worked on inside the building in the background..
OK. lets get on and discuss the title of today’s post…. the installation of the new “driver/ pass. top-to-bottom” slider windows. Some of you may call this gratuitus advertising but I’ve had so many ask how the window was installed I figured I’d give you a primer on the install. This may get a little long but I want you to see that this neat upgrade is not difficult to install at the same time though I will tell you as you hopefully already know…. new parts for your classic GMC “almost always fit perfect”. This one is no different but it’s really no big deal. We’ve found installation will take 1.5-2 hours plus whatever time it will take you to remove the inner side wall panel… we’ll talk about that. OK, so here we go. I want you to know…. you can do this install with normal tools… and maybe a few well placed cuss words, but those are optional.
Here is what we’re talking about
Note the front window how the center bar runs top to bottom in the frame, your window has that fixed glass at the top you find yourself yelling at when you try and speak to someone outside. The toll lady, checkin at a rally, you know the drill. This was the first “what the heck” thing I experienced the first time I drove a GMC. Look at an RTS bus or most other buses, the windows are 3 piece so of course the GM engineers next project being the RTS…. there ya go. It wasn’t thast having a post card slider was to be like other “buses”…. hey, the GMC motorhome id not a bus and we want a bigger window!!! Am I right?
So here it is, an all new window for the driver and passenger that you don’t have to bend down to talk through Tim’s coach was our “lab rat” fitting the first set and understanding more the installation needed to put them in. The subsequent installation were spent refining the install so folks could install them in the field and I’ll tell you we are there. Follow the installation that finds it will take 1.5-2 hourse to actually remove the old window and install the new. Needing the interior side panel removed will be the only other issue on the install. Not knowing how your coach is finished off, I can’t tell you how much time it will take you to do that function. I will say that a bone stocj original interior panel will take @ 1-2 hours total time to do that.
OK, so here we go…… First, remove that interior panel I was telling you about… you don’t need to totally remove it, you just need to get to all of the screws around the window. Here we pulled the panel back far enough to do the job Thought I had a better pic, sorry but I think you can understand that the inside panel needs to give access to the window opening.
Next, removing the screws on the 3 sides of the window…. the front edge is only pushed into a vertical C channel at the windshield Next we prepare the new window for install … No wait, there IS now prep work needed on the window, The modification comes in only on the coach. The channel that this window tucks into on the back edge of the windshield has a diameter of 1 7/8″ which is not standard. Our new window uses a 2″ front bar so you must remove the inside part of that “C” channel Bad pic, sorry but I think you can see the issue , next you will install the buytl take seal onto the coach lip like Junior is doing above and here’s how the seal goes in With the sealant in place, push the forward edge into the “L” channel you created from the “C” forward channel. Work into place and the rear surface will sneak into place. Press the window into place then align the inside pinch trim and with the screws pull the window snug unto place. And there it is and Bill, here is your driver window in place Cal, yours is next today, I’ll do pics… So you guys out there… yes, you can install these windows without shortening your life. The cost is $450 for each or you can buy both driver and passenger sides for $850.. plus shipping of course and I would insure the shipment… hey, it’s glass.
Hope you got something out of this today….. jury is still out wether we are going to make this thing with “this guy” an issue… I hope not but we will…. stay tuned…
See ya tomorrow, tell a friend about these windows… they are great!.