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|#846 Canadian Coach|
|Author: andy1canada (Show all albums)|
J-Model, mostly stock. Calls Vancouver Island home. 19.5" custom steel wheels with SS wheel covers (thanks again Dale!). Planning an HT-413' conversion with an overdrive.
You can see the first hole here was an abortion. At that juncture I was still bent on using the plastic inserts which would have required a 5/8" hole. After struggling with batting wrapping around the drill bit repeatedly - drives you freaking nuts - I abandoned the idea and just went for two holes about 3/8" dia. After you cut through it all with your knife and push (finger) the batting away from the drill path, I stuck a 1/2" socket into the hole to shield the bit from tangling up in the batting. With some perseverance, it worked and the last 3 holes were more respectable.
Presto! The friction on the pipes is suffice that they are held at whatever height you set them at. I may add some sort of grommet/trim pcs to hide my knife work later.
Photo shows the proximity of the two levers that were previously colliding. The upper one goes up to connect to the carb; while the lower one is the gear shift lever controlled from the drivers seat. Somehow in the past the trans throttle pressure lever got pushed downward just enough that the throttle rod retainer clip was hitting the lever-end of the shifter cable assembly square-on the end, limiting the the throttle lever AND the throttle opening itself as much as 30%.
The 'before' moment. Looks good but sure wouldn't want to sit there for more than a couple of miles.
Slide frame off. Note the screened hole in the front face of the under-storage box beneath the former couch. I did that to allow warm air from the small heater I leave on in the winter get down into that storage compartment where my second water tank lives; stops it from freezing up. I keep the coach full of water year round for emergencies (earthquakes etc.).
After removing the plywood walls of the storage compartment, with the wall gusset plywood hanger installed with sheet-metal screws into the exterior wall, and the other framing supports in place, the floor can now go back in. I re-purposed the same pc of plywood I took off the top of the storage box.
Here's a pic of my lower water tank. My dash water tank gauge has been pooched for as long as I've owned the coach so this little mod I did is how I know where my water supply is at.
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