--- Well, I finally got a look at this darlin' up close & personal. And I am very
happy to say, it is in better shape than I had even hoped for! Sure, , it needs a ton (or in this case...a ton & a half, since that's the chassis it's on) of work, but it is a great little starter platform. Very little rust with only a couple of small replacement patches needed next to the front fenders and one "wrinkle" next to the entry door. The latex house paint is peeling, but that's coming off anyway. Mechanically it is surprisingly solid. Recent brake rebuild, working parking brake (a big deal, actually) and a snazzy new custom, aluminum radiator. The 1980's vintage 350 motor runs great but will be (hopefully) replaced with a Cummins 4BTAA. The original 4-speed tranny sounds good but hoping for an Allison auto with 5 speeds. And speaking of speed, as with nearly all these old hill climbers and house movers, tops is maybe 55. If the Allison gears won't bring that up enough, then a new rearend will be in order.
And BTW...I am in the process of looking for a reliable transport service to get it from Utah to Houston, so if anyone here has any recommendations, experience, horror stories...please
...pass them along. That business is so BS intensive that it's as scary as it is annoying, so a personal reference will go a long ways with me.
I have just started laying out the interior as well as a couple of exterior mods. As you can see in the pix, it has already undergone some degree of conversion so I have a bit of a head-start there. Not much space to work with, but hey, not that much to build out either! If I can figure out how to do the drawings in Google Sketch, I'll post as I go.
Grill is straight & ready for chrome. Even has near perfect stainless side trim on the hood.
A new door is definitely in order (damn Hippies). And that smoke stack is indeed hooked to a wood stove.
The shortest body Wayne ever made...21 feet bumper-to-bumper.
A study in the "KISS" principal. And yep...that handle on the left rolls down the driver's window! Cool.
Just a couple of benches and some carpet to tear out.
At 7-1/2' across inside, it's almost as wide as it is long.
I figure this project will easily take a year or two, but I'd like to get the engine/tranny worked out asap. If anyone has experience with 4BT swaps, I'll buy the coffee to chat.
Many, many thanks to the Skoolie Board Builders and all the wonderful folks here who make this site so great. You all played a big part in my decision to go ahead with this little fantasy. And as most of you already know...Dreams are far
more important than reality.
More (much more
) to follow. Onward!