Having stripped it i know how it comes apart - i have about 200+ hours in it at this stage, but starting with a blank canvas. I am respraying the dash black, both driver and passenger seats and all the trims around the cab and dining table etc. are being reupholstered now. Should be pretty good when i am finished - not a lot of money spent suprisingly. Doing all the interior and exterior myself with the exception of upholstery. Never done this before but i am really enjoying it. My wife has severe health problems so i am making a home away from home for her and I to do things together. The engine is my big worry, it seems sound but can i trust it, and i have not found a mechanic who is Chevy Friendly.
Being able to control the purse & the time-line is the key. Same with me, Given the depth I've gone into our restoration you'd have thought the costs would have spiraled out of control, but on the contrary, I haven't spent a huge amount!
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The engine is my big worry, it seems sound but can i trust it, and i have not found a mechanic who is Chevy Friendly.
There are several American car groups around the country who can direct you to the right mechanic. Midland American Auto Club is probably one of the biggest groups in the country and closest to you in Wicklow. They're on Facebook and they have a website too.
I have a small warehouse which i am using as my workshop, but i park the MH outside. The weather during the last few weeks allowed me to seal everything from the roof down replacing all old rusty screws and staples with new incmuding trims etc. On a 30 year old van that included a lot of angle grinding and drilling out broken screws. Got great ideas for sealing etc. From You Tube videos from the USA with similar Chevy models.
To be honest i thought changing colour would be a nightmare but i cleaned the dash with sticky remover (€5 in woodies) which is much better than the more exspensive Tech 7 cleaner. It is also great at cleaning away excess sealer from the trims. The grey plastic primer from Auto Care goes on like a dream, and tomorrow i will spray it matt black. The kitchen cabinets are white for now but i plan on painting them two tone grey , the main body in a light grey, and the cabinet doors a darker shade - but not too much. The wall panelling was cheap as chips and treated too, so will resist any future water leaks better. I have not spent a lot of money - just time.
Are you going to leave the lower doghouse as it is, or will you wrap it with carpet? If you haven't driven the camper much you may not have noticed there's a fair bit of engine noise and heat comes from the doghouse and floor. Wrapping the lower doghouse with carpet helps. Fitting additional heat-reflective material under the carpet and on the inner face of the doghouse is also a benefit.
And your restoration puts me to shame with my lightbulb replacement - but we're all doing our own pieces, driven by our passion, to our best ability, which is as good as it gets fair play to you on your work!
I dont know where to start with (blag) Kevins restoration, either your nuts Kevin or you have a great deal of knowledge. You have done work i think i would be scared to even dream about, when i saw the cab cut off i could not believe it. Your clearly experienced in body work and other mechanical know how, i cant wait to see the finished restoration.
Well i can appreciate all the work you have done, i have about 300 hours in mine and i thought i had a lot to do sorting out damp, roof issues, and the engine, at least my body work was ok, a bit rusty here and there but nothing beyond my simple skills. Im not going to respray the cab and body as its 30 years old and i think it should look 30 years old to a point, but make the inside as modern as possible. One last thing. You mentioned you worked for a LED light supplier. I need to replace the old interior lights in mine and was thinking LED - do you have any suggestions where or whom i should contact about 12v replacements ?
One last thing. You mentioned you worked for a LED light supplier. I need to replace the old interior lights in mine and was thinking LED - do you have any suggestions where or whom i should contact about 12v replacements ?
I've changed jobs since. Most of the stuff the led company did was big 230v industrial high bay & 24v commercial shelf lighting. Not really suitable for motorhomes unfortunately. Otherwwise i'd have hooked y'all up!!
But if you still have your old light fittings I'd have some recommendations for retrofitting 12v LED panels sourced on eBay and Amazon.
Still on ebay and amazon for under €2 each delivered. I bought another blast of them recently.
Look for "48smd warm white" on ebay and you should get lots of options.
Select the correct base to connect to your lamp and you should be good to go.
Not 100% when you say select the correct base for your fittings - do you mean so they fit inside the existing fittings like your picture. Mine are bayonet fittings too - did you have to do much alteration to the bayonet as i am not electrically qualified - or put it another way, shite at electrics.
You can get most of the different types of fitting now without having to modify anything. If your lamps are like mine using standard indicator bulbs then the base you'd need would be for an ba15s or 1156 type bulb.
Check the following item number in ebay for what I'm talking about:
Thats a good deal actually 10 panels for €11!
But hey, do a search on the forum for LED upgrades. Lots of folks have upgraded their bulbs and/or lamps to LED so there's lots of options and advice to choose from.
I know in the Comments above Ally knows a good Chevy mechanic in Antrim, however given my Chevy has been standing idle for a while and it snapped a belt on my first trip for a basic service leaving me with no brakes, power steering or coolant - any of you know a mechanic near Dublin or Wicklow that knows these 6.2 V8 engines (Diesel). I would like it to have a good look over before i hit the road for a longer journey.
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