Well, SWAN2B is back from the GMC Motorhome hospital.
She got a complete heart-lung transplant and got treatment for her arthritis
and her bad hips. She is still homely, but she gets around much better.
I had Jim Kanomata in Fremont, CA go through my coach and address issues regarding safety and reliability. So they
- Rebuilt the 455 motor and put in a roller cam kit and a rebuilt carb.
- Rebuilt the suspension, which required a new front knuckles, a rear bearing, along with 6 new KYB shocks.
- Did a brake job which included 80 mm calipers in front and new shoes in the rear, new master cylinder and rear wheel cylinders. She got a vacuum pump and a new proportioning valve. She still doesn’t stop on a dime, but she might be able to land on a half-dollar.
- Rebuilt the transmission (actually, they sent it out to Manny Trovao).
- Replaced the final drive with 3.55 gears.
- Added Doug Thorley headers, a pair of MagnaFlow mufflers, and a 3" mandrel-bent tail pipe.
- I added 6 new Alcoa HotShot aluminum wheels and mounted 6 new BF Goodrich steel-belted, rag sidewall tires with Load range E to hold her up.
- Put a new core in the radiator.
- Replaced the alternator
As a result all this, the first two phases of this renovation (Safety and Reliability) have consumed 100% of my budget. The next four phases (Utility, Comfort, Performance, and Style) will have to limp along until more money shows up.
I drove the old girl from Fremont back to my home in the
I had frightened myself several times while driving the
coach back from
I still have a lot to do. I put on a set of H2 halogen headlights, and upgraded the taillights with a Peet kit. I have Ramco mirrors to install, and a new ViaAir 450 compressor is ready to go in. I have a set of Lumina APV wiper arms to install, and I am looking for a replacement steering wheel from a later model GMC pickup. The electrics are still a mystery, but I have a battery combiner to add once the detective work is done. More to come.