I had full intentions to get up in here early and have a big discussion of Dash AC options after spending some time with Ruby’s original AC out……. Then I started processing a few pics and realized I have a few other projects to catch up on and some other stuff to say.
How bout this, lemme get through this other stuff… before the end of todays plunking I’ll start in on the Dash AC discussion and carry it on tomorrow. Hey, maybe we need to have a Monday morning weekly schedule…… Naaaaa, I have little idea myself what will squirt out of this keyboard so not having a crystal ball over @ 48 hours, lets just stay where we are for now…..
Some of this may sound unrelated to the shop here but I tell you time away directly relates to focus at the job so I will say this is a red letter day for me at least. Over the years of owning a boat…. well if you call a 14′ aluminum thing with a 28hp kicker a boat…I’ve had one only taking it out a handful of times mainly because on a trailer, you guys how also do this….. it’s just such a pain to drag the thing to a ramp… back up and down a couple of times because I’m not the best at backing a trailer then trying to be as seasoned as I can look not get wet trying to get the boat over to the dock….. go park the rig then only to find out the motor is not feeling well that day……… man, what a hassle! Well the thing that makes this weekend memorable is a good friend… GMC owner and all around good guy has allowed me to dock my little crappy aluminum water catcher to be on the water for a while And yes, that’s an old ZipDee Sunbrella awning fabric…. may look a little dated but the stuff lasts forever! Now all I need to do is figure out why the motor isn’t feeling good……. hope springs eternal… anyway just like folks seek us out to mess with their GMC, I need a profession marine boat guy to say… “Oh, it’s just this……. That’s why you go to those who know…anyway, I have a boat in the water now…. how odd!
We’re finishing up bringing this coach back to the road. .No FiTech fuel injection or a quad bag system like this coach but still you need to have any coach you pick up completely checked over. Ready to pull off the lift (operating table) with a new Quad bag system and BTW, take a look at the new Telfon lined brake hoses in there….. These are our new ones with a dark UV and oil barrier skin I must tell you I had a guy who ordered these hoses, got them and called me all upset that I had shipped him rubber brake hoses……. First of all please understand I do not nventory all kinds of parts for sale….. I keep the parts and pieces we use in our restorations…. want to do what we do… I’ll have the part but I have not used rubber brake hoses for man, 18 years. They swell up under pressure giving you a spongy pedal. No these new hoses are actually an update on our perfect Teflon lined, braided stainless sleeved hoses of the past, which we had custom made… I thought these were beautiful! Now I guess not quite as flashy these new hoses are the MacDaddy of flexible brake hoses
Look closely at the fitting where the lose is cremped. That’s an aluminum “brush button” to not only keep dirt out of the cremp but also to assure the braid and sleeve do not break away from the fitting after years of wiggling.. Hey, I didn’t KNOW there was all of that having to do with cremping a brake hose! These hoses are made with a DOT serial numbered and certified cremper for brake hose manufacture. The rear hoses you see there are still $60.37 each side. I think looking you will find these not only better but less money! My mechanics siply pull out any hose working on coaches boming in…. You simply do NOT play with brakes on a 12,000 pound projectile…. all they know is to put in the best when doing brakes… and these are the best!
Anyway the guy was upset at me until I explained these are far more than mere black rubber hoses. After showing him how special they were he stood down…. hey, we’re trying to do the best we can here! I’m not gonna sell you a mamby-pamby rubber brake hose! Gimme more credit than that and my guys too. The front new UV/oil resistant Teflon lined, braided stailess hoses are $39.95. Check at your local dealer for the original rubber hose BH-36675 and see if you have the time to wait you can get a much better hose from us for less……
Anyway, back to the shop….. First drive under it’s own power the 79 short bed Ford wfd
and out into the light of day A little on the wild side, the 351 Industrial motor is sporting FiTech fuel injection, a flip forward hood and as you can see formidable tires the interior sports a GPS driven speedo, a double DIN radio, console and low back buckets…. very cool!
Another GMC/FiTech drive train livesStill need a little wiring cleanup but after a start up on their run safe program, we programmed it for the 455 Olds motor and the all new exhaust system started spitting out clean air in @ 5 minutes Don’t get me wrong, I still love our cute ole carbs but I have to tell yam when these systems are completely integrated to our coach it’s a next logical step. I still run a carb on Larry… JayGee though is FiTech and I love it!
So it’s 8am, the day is on…. tomorrow we’ll talk about dash AC options… especially for 1973-4 model coach that the dash AC’s never worked! See ya then……