With so many other things going on still, we’ve spent time outlining this frame damage repair project so we might as well finish up with the outcome before moving on to show you other stuff. Steve’s coach has now occupied the lift for 4 working days doing the undercarriage. This work includes dropping the fuel tanks…. you can see them cleaned, painted with POR-15 and ready to go back in above in the bottom right of the pic. Degreased then repair reasonably bad stuff…. but still alive. From this to now repaired with rust stopping a hard coating over welded in reinforcement plates… his new quad bag system installed and all new brake steel lines and hoses. Isn’t it amazing the work that can be done with a plasma cutter, Mig welder and some knowledge….. I would call this ready for the road…
The frame section installed, welded and coated…. ready for more reliable service. You can see our “punch list” in grease pencil on the entry door window… at a glance we can see where we are. The frame, quad bag system and brakes are also complete on this passenger side. If Phillip and Katlyn can get the fuel system reinstalled and plumbed then brakes finished and bleed…… we can free up the lift for our next patient…..
John D. drove in yesterday evening to swap out a noisy dash AC compressor, plugged and staying the night, he was first in this morning We’ve helped John with his coach for many years. He actually has owned the coach for decades using it first as a plumbing supplies sales showroom. Now renovated and John retired the coach has taken well to it’s repurposing of giving fun to John and Nancy. See… it WAS a good thing you kept that ole critter around!
We had another 23′ coach rejoin the group. A recent purchase I worked the coach for the PO a good 8 years ago…. good to see them change hands and come back into the fold A very original, low miles coach here like many others to get in roadworthy condition. We’ll do a mechanical evaluation first…set a target and get going next week. Every recent purchase coach needs to go through this process. Follow this on as it goes through the shop……. Sorry but it’s “trust but verify” especially on things like fuel system, bearings and brakes. When you buy one of there you must KNOW what your assets are. Yeah the brakes work but will they next month? We need to looksee for that type of crystal ball prediction! Follow this one… you newbees all need this……
The guys are banging around in the shop… means it’s 8am and I need to be out there too. See ya tomorrow and thanks for dropping by……
Bill Van Vlack says
Sounds like you need another lift to free up the bottleneck. Indoors?
You should powder coat or POR those quad bag brackets. They stick out like a sore thumb. I had mine powder coated and they blend in well.
Dave J up on Vancouver Island.
John and Nancy were next to us at the Florida Sunshine Statesmen Rally in Marathon in the Florida Keys in May, 2017. John and Nancy are an amazing couple. The interior of their coach is beautiful!
I encourage all new owners to join their local GMC group and attend rallies. You’ll meet the nicest people on the planet, learn priceless information about your coach, and have a great time doing it. Tell ’em Jim.