An Overview on Progress for Our Cortez Overhaul

In an effort to document our Cortez overhaul progress, here is a breakdown of work we have completed per month and what is to come in the months ahead.


↠ WORK WE HAVE ACHIEVED THUS FAR ↞



September 2019



No work in November?! We were investigating what was next and ordering parts!


December 2019

  • Battery replaced.
  • Interior removed.

January 2020

  • Carburetor hoses replaced.
  • Anti-roll bar bushings replaced.
  • Suspension bushings re-greased.

Februrary 2020

  • Transmission oil changed.

March 2020

  • Insulation removed — Full protection necessary!
  • Plumbing, heating, and electrical systems removed.
  • Cork flooring removed — We have beautiful wood floors!


April through July 2020

  • Interior underseal and rust removed — Our first look at the condition of the metal and we have rust and holes!
  • Tachometer installed — A first for our Cortez!


August 2020

  • Interior underseal that our angle grinders could not reach removed.
  • Mechanical fuel pump replaced (and two extra unneeded electronic fuel pumps removed).
  • Fuel filter installed.
  • Roof stripped — Let’s get this baby prepped for welding and being water-tight!

September 2020

  • Welder hired — Our first professional help comes from RVA Mobile Welding Services and he is fantastic!
  • New frame supports welded — Six had rusted so severely they were not holding up our roof!
  • Rear storage compartment floor to be welded.
  • Roof holes covered with new metal panels and welded in.
  • Roof rust treated.
  • Roof sealed — A combination of body filler, sealant, and RV roof coating go us there but it looks rough so we now need to correct it!


October 2020

  • Fuel tank treated.
  • Mudflaps installed.


November 2020

  • Carburetor rebuilt.
  • Intake manifold and valve cover cleaned; new gaskets installed.
  • Thermostat changed.
  • Fuel tank treated.

December 2020

  • Clutch master and slave cylinders replaced.
  • Clutch lines replaced.
  • Clutch fluid bled.

↠ WORK WE HAVE PLANNED AHEAD ↞

Short Haul/Vintage RV Restoration

  • Our Cortez needs a name — Leave us a comment to give us ideas!
  • YouTube channel introduction video to be created — Stop by and subscribe to more progress on our steel beast!
  • Fuel tank to be installed.
  • Passenger’s side upper ball joint to be replaced.
  • Brake hydrovac unit to be serviced.
  • Compression test and leak-down test to be done.
  • Engine to be flushed.
  • Engine oil pump to be serviced or replaced.
  • Engine valve stem seals to be replaced.
  • Coolant to be flushed and changed.
  • Water heater lines to be removed.
  • Engine belts to be replaced.
  • Battery box area to be fabricated and welded.
  • Interior holes to be welded — Several wheel well and seat platform holes need to be covered!
  • Front shock absorbers to be replaced.
  • Torsion bars to be adjusted or upgraded.
  • Vintage RV restoration complete — We are hoping to finish in the estimated month of June!

Long Haul/Vanbuild

  • Start to vanbuild!
  • Lay-out to be designed.
  • Electronic fuel conversion to be done.
  • Engine cover to be fabricated/welded — Cannot wait to soundproof the engine bay!
  • Interior safe to be installed or welded in.
  • Solar brackets and roof-deck supports to be welded.
  • Exterior body damage to be welded — Areas around the grill, front passenger corner, rear passenger panel, and bumper are all damaged.
  • Interior twin floors to be lifted — Who knows what awaits underneath!
  • Chassis to be cleaned and painted.
  • Floor to be insulated.
  • Interior metal to be cleaned, rust treated, and painted.
  • Interior to be soundproofed and insulated.
  • Exterior lights, dash, and engine electrical systems to be rewired.
  • Headlights, brake lights, tail lights, and reverse lights to be updated.
  • Additional fog lights to be installed.
  • Interior living and solar electrical systems to be designed and installed.
  • Heat and air conditioning system to be designed and installed.
  • Water system to be designed and installed.
  • Interior to be built — Finally we get to create our home!
  • Exterior lockable storage to be installed — Tools, spare parts, and recreational equipment will have a home!
  • Driver and passenger front seats cleaned and reinstalled.
  • Cracked glass to be removed, rust around the glass to be treated, window seals to be replaced, then glass to be reinstalled.
  • State registration to be made — Yay!
  • Ladder to be installed.
  • Roof coating to be repaired.
  • Roof-top deck to be installed.
  • Exterior to be painted — Leave us a comment and let us know what color you vote!
  • Interior furnished — Finally our Cortez looks like home!
  • New door seals to be fit.
  • Rims and tires to be upgraded and cover for spare tire to be purchased.
  • Exterior mirrors to be installed.
  • Chrome to be polished.
  • Vanbuild and upgrades finished — We are hoping to finish in the estimated year of 2022! After that, we plan to save money for a year before starting vanlife!

Hopeful Plans

  • New timing chain possibly replaced.
  • Brake master cylinder possibly replaced.
  • Radiator possibly upgraded.
  • Oil cooler possibly installed.
  • Engine possibly overhauled.
  • Awning possibly installed.
  • Exhaust system possibly fabricated.
  • Recovery winch possibly purchased.

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Author: Soul of a Seeker

We are one American girl and one English bloke who seek an escape in nature. We chase a different life, one not dictated by society. With our pup-kit-cat and rare 1965 Clark Cortez motorhome, we have one soul of a seeker.

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