Yesterday I thought we had captured interest on this dash AC investigation, this morning I’m sure of it. Several calls about it….. listen, just stay tuned here, you can watch as the discovery unfolds. I already have 2 coaches in house wanting this done….by the time I finish 3 systems we should have a pretty good idea on the parts and labor involved to do this. Ruby had a “type 1” dash AC system, the next 2 are 76 model which means they are “type 2”. Will be interesting to see how to modify each. I’ve got my laboratory set up in front of Ruby With the other 2 coming in next door so I can bounce back and forth as I learn on 3 coaches….. this will be fun! “Texas Tux” interior is coming apart next door upholstery and carpet comes out first First step on interior work is to remove all the stuff that is leaving… remove the seats to get them out of the way and carpet. With the front seats under cover with the rest of the seats I can get up to the dash for it’s destruction. This is how far that we will go . The other 2 will still have the living area wiring…. will be interesting how much I’ll be able to clean up on theirs. Today I’ll also gev Bill S. coach apart to this point for his deash destruction. You can see out forklift in the back moving out the Avion trailer we’ve completed updating on . With a good wash job and scraping the windows for dirt and trim black overspray Man, this is a good looking set of refinished windows I love the roll out windows!
Back over on the lift in mechanical Louis coach goes up on the lift for a looksee on what living in New York has done to the undercarriage. I actually put this coach together man it has to be 20 years ago.. has been garage kept but still, there are things under these coaches that REALLY don’t like snow slush mixed with salt! Getting started on the project we write up the work order from the paperwork generated listing jobs with a grease pencil on the window. Jared, my labor foreman makes sure nothing is missed… A cheap thrill, Phillip rides the lift…… hey, he doesn’t get out much….. As I was saying this coach had always been garage kept and is still in awesome condition…. we added these side vent Louis brought for us… very nice and getting a better look at the bumper treatment we came up with really adds to this already good looking machine On to the investigation, looks like we have some exhaust work….. certainly not from the Vatican, we have a holy set of pipes .
This is on the topside of the pipe hiding in plain sight….. The mufflers have given their best and the pipes are pretty pitted…. it needs new brother
The frame has good, straight rails which means good metal but there is a good layer of surface rust and some light pitting
Hoses are still working but pretty crusty and hard. All that comes out when we drop the tanks and prep the fuel delivery system for the FiTech fuel injection system the motor will be getting. Those tie wraps I put in 20 years ago are still hanging in there…. thank you aerospace industry….. So the restoration of the white underbelly of this coach begins
It’s 7:30, with jared here we’ll start moving our “musical chair” routine moving in the coaches…. gotta go. Thanks for the visit, keep watching this dash program, we’re hot on it’s heals…. see ya then
Mike & Susi says
Good Day Jim:
Glad to see you’re enjoying the dash work on Ruby #41, and the 2 upcoming 76 coaches. How’s the new windshield and other upgrades coming on the Green Worm?
Susi and I will be leaving for Arizona on 16 Dec and not returning to J-ville until 10 Jan. if the work is going out past the 15th, we can make appropriate arrangements to cover certain costs while we are away for the Holidays.