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.

↠ FEBRUARY 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!


  • 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!
  • Roof holes covered with new metal panels and welded in.
  • Roof rust to be treated.
  • Roof to be sealed.
  • Interior holes to be welded — Several wheel well and seat platform holes that need to be covered!

Work We Have Planned Ahead


  • Our Cortez needs a name — Leave us a comment to give us ideas!
  • YouTube channel introduction video to be created — Stop by and subscribe! Just clicking ‘subscribe’ will monetize our channel so all proceeds will go towards overhauling our steel beast and sharing our progress with you.
  • Water, heat, and air conditioning systems to be investigated.
  • Interior metal to be treated.
  • Interior metal to be painted.
  • Fuel tank to be restored.
  • Driver and passenger front seats to be reinstalled.
  • Engine cover to be fabricated — Cannot wait to soundproof the engine bay!
  • Passenger’s side upper ball joint to be replaced.
  • Carburetor to be rebuilt.
  • Clutch mater and slave cylinder to be replaced.
  • Brake master cylinder to be replaced.
  • Brake hydrovac unit to be serviced.
  • Engine valve stem seals to be replaced.
  • Front shock absorbers to be replaced.
  • Torsion bars to be adjusted or upgraded.


  • Coolant to be flushed and changeed
  • Thermostat to be changed.
  • One of the twin floors to be lifted — Who knows what awaits under our interior floor!
  • Headlights, brake lights, tail lights, and reverse lights to be updated and Flush and change the additional fog lights to be installed.
  • Exterior lights, dash, and engine electrical systems to be rewired.
  • State registration to be made — Yay!
  • Mudflaps to be purchased.
  • Battery box area to be fabricated and welded.
  • Rear storage compartment floor to be welded.
  • Engine to be overhauled.
  • Electronic fuel injection to be upgraded.
  • Exterior body damage to be welded — Areas around the grill, front passenger corner, rear passenger panel, and bumper are all damaged.
  • Ladder to be installed.
  • Cracked glass to be removed, rust around the glass to be treated, window seals to be replaced, then glass to be reinstalled.
  • New door seals to be fit.
  • 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 soundproofed.
  • Install interior safe.
  • Interior to be designed and built — Finally we get to create our home!
  • Interior furnished — Finally our Cortez looks like home!
  • Exterior lockable storage to be installed — Tools, spare parts, and recreational equipment will have a home!
  • Exterior to be painted — Leave us a comment and let us know what color you’d like!
  • Awning to be installed.
  • Exterior mirrors to be installed.
  • Chrome to be polished.
  • Rims and tires to be upgraded and cover for spare tire to be purchased.
  • Recovery winch to be purchased.
  • Roof-top deck to be installed
  • Exhaust system to be fabricated.

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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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