I hope you don't mind if we continue the detour from my Best Home Yet. There are pics of more projects on it coming. For now, take a look at these.
Earlier in my postings, I mentioned my friend Bob Halloran. I have known Bob for 25 years. For years, we learned guitar playing from each other. He is really good. Check out his website. http://www.bobhalloran.com/
We also had an affinity for campers. When I first met him, he had an old Volkswagon camper bus. He now has a 1989 Hawkins Motor Coach. It has a 3208 cat diesel pusher with turbo charger.
I do not have the turbocharger in my bus. I guess that that is one less thing to break down. He and his wife, Rachelle, are at present serving as camp hosts at a state campground in Big Bear Lake in California.
After a few years there in LA, we managed to move up in the world of campers. He found a 1963 Chevy factory made motorhome. It had a 283 gas engine with a two barrel. Even back then, we were using photovoltaic panels and battery banks.
At the time he found his, I was living in a Dodge Bubble top camper van. It was time for me to get a bigger machine as well.
He found this 1966 Chevy truck that somebody welded a frame onto and installed a ten foot truck camper on top of. It had a blown 327 engine in it. I got it for $800 and two banjos in trade.
I then went to see William Loe in Northridge and had him build me a 383 stroker engine. That is a 350 block with a 400 crankshaft, giving the motor LOTS of torque. Man, it was powerful.
One time when I was traveling across country with it, I was climbing the grades up to Vail, Colorado, and passing most everything in sight, even cars.
Bob painted his 63 white, and I painted my 66 turquoise. For a while, mine was known as the big green love machine. I think I had a lot of girlfriends then.
Not so today, as I am an old fart now. Coming up are the pictures.