We finally decided on a design for the final look and feel of our house car. It will probably be 2014 before it happens but here are our ideas thanks to some designers.
There is a 1966 Buick House Car for sale in CO Springs if anyone is interested.
We discovered that the Great Dale Mileage is somewhere between 8-10 mpg and so our idea to visit all of the CO state parks 1st seems like a really good idea right now.
Here is our first stop at Trinidad Lake State Park on our way to the balloon festival in New Mexico. One of the rangers is a car collector and stopped us on our way out. He apparently does a slide show presentation at the amphitheater of the most colorful vehicles and expected we would make next years list.
This area under one of the seats had a small,nasty fresh water tank bolted to the side. We added 16 Gallon fresh and grey water tanks with level indication under the sink, a battery, battery charger, true sign-wave inverter. The battery, inverter, and charger can easily be removed for other camping and I took them all to Burning Man last year.
The AC system will automatically switch from the inverter to the shore power, which can be plugged in on either side. The DC voltage can be sent to the new console in the bridge to supply clock power to the radio and or power the stereo when we’re camping.
We successfully drove from Denver to Albuquerque and can finally say that there is real progress being made.
Here are some of the visible changes during the Great Dale Transformation:
Well it has been quite the journey and I’ll post more details after the small claim court case is settled. I chose the wrong mechanic and had to find a Mopar specialist to fix the mistakes. We’re almost ready for prime time after:
- Replacing the Rear axles
- Replacing the rear brake pads
- Replacing the rear differential (Twice)
- Reconditioning the drive shaft
- Rebuilding the transmission (Twice)
- Replacing the complete fuel system from tank to carb
- Replacing the radiator (3 times) and tweaking the fan system many, many times
- Rebuilding the heads
- Replacing the intake manifold
- Replacing the carburetor
- Replacing the air filter
- Replacing the exhaust
- Replacing all of the gauges and adding some new ones
- Replacing the transmission cooler
- Adding a deeper transmission pan
- Replacing the front brakes with disc brakes
- Replacing all front suspension bushings
- Adding a massive sway bar on the front
- Replacing the front windshields and rear window
- Replacing the windshield wipers
- New ignition system from distributor to plugs
- New gas filler cover
- Added Cruise control
We made it Canon City with no problems and here are some pics on a relatively level plot with no liquor store in the background.