So last week a gal shouted out on Facebook that their neighbor literally found a GMC under a collapsed barn and had been cutting it up trying to get rid on the thing. We answered her call and in the nick of time.
Jared and Phillip made a run to Defuniac Springs…… So near Alabama u could see it to see if there was anything left of the carcus. They were on it all day and pulled into the shop somewhere around midnight ….here is what I found this morning…..like “The Old Man and the Sea” all they got to shore with was the bones. The back wheel …right on the back of the single car trailer….the magnetic tail lights and tag were on the motorhome frame . No VIN number…Heck no firewall! Its a 73 or 4… Point distributer is on the motor….but it’s all there The motor has water in it but I’m hoping like a sunken ship the water will preserve in inerds….at least we have an intake……hopefully…..to replace the cracked 1 we just got back from cleaning . Yes, this is the death crack…u see this u now have a doorstop!
Anyway, I can’t wait for daylight to see the fish carcus is……how did they do it? This was one of those trips……..bet you’ve done something like this…..its better to ask forgiveness than permission…… Its done! and one more makes it home.
Speaking of bringing it home, along with the 445,000 pounds of original body molds were bringing to the shop soon, we’ve also acquired a 3 volume set of the original GM floor plan Builder Books. They actually give the measurements and detail needed to build the entire coach. Wow, theses documents SHOW you how to build the coach!
Jared said he has pic of loading the big fish so I may post those tomorrow.
Getting back to shop work, we got in the vacuum formed drawer and door sets for the Airstream trailer we’re finishing up. . And the set for Texas Tux. I loved the textured real wood look finish. Stay tuned…..
One more delivery is the translucent Avonite solid surface material for Texas Tux LED color changing countertops So you might ask how do u get a 10′ long palette carrying delicate material into the shop with a forklift? You also need a palate truck ! And it is still protected in it packing .Man you’ve gotta stay tuned for color changing countertops!
Gotta go, the sun is up , I have 3 doctors appointments…..man they’re trying hard to find a problem…hey, I’m over 60…..That’s the problem! See ya tomorrow……
Keith T says
Jim, consider scanning enough of those schematics in to create an accurate 3D body structure plus coach systems on CAD. This would greatly speed the development of interior components and they could be repeated as necessary, for instance if you were to have a popular interior renovation component. It would also greatly improve accuracy, control and waste. Custom components designed to this 3D body structure could then be manufactured one off or in multiples via CNC, laser cutting, thermoforming, post forming or whatever is required to accomplish the requirements. All schematics, wire chases, plumbing, etc. could very easily be provided to your customers once completed, for future maintenance or alterations. No more wild guesses as to what PO mess might be hiding behind a given interior panel.
Donald C Macdonald Jr says
Haven’t I read somewhere that the TZE number is stamped on the frame itself in at LEAST one place???
D C “Mac” Macdonald
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Jim, any chance you can determine the TZE# stamped on the rescued frame? Would be nice to add another TZE and its status to the Registry.