Our first hired help arrives to weld new roof supports, but it was more than that — It was our welder’s positivity, his lack of hesitation when he saw our motorhome, and his desire to help one possibly ridiculous couple weld their dreams together.
Category: Clark Cortez
One American girl. One English bloke. One pup-kit-cat. One rare 1965 Clark Cortez. Together, one soul of a seeker.
Big news in our antique RV restoration: This is the first time Andy and I reach out for professional help as our Clark Cortez motorhome falls under the scrutiny of a welder.
Our latest RV work: Stripping the roof of our 1965 Clark Cortez motorhome after finding severe rust on our antique. Here’s more on our RV bodywork renovation!
In the on-going saga of getting our 1965 Clark Cortez motorhome to run reliably, we remove a questionable electric fuel pump and replace our mechanical one.
We return to our Cortez to remove the last of our underseal, but it is not without a second serious angle grinder injury and the near-loss of our sanity.
We had gone to hell and back in our underseal-removal job, but the result was silver gleaming around us as our Cortez’s bare metal body shined as a trophy of sorts for our relentless labor of love.
We found 52 screws to remove from our wood floor, but all wouldn’t twist even the smallest amount. This means calling in power tools to take off our floorboards.
The morning and afternoon passed as Andy and I remained hunched over our supposedly-easy job of removing our cork flooring. The result though? We uncovered a stunning wood floor.
After removing the insulation from our RV, we tackle taking out the plumbing, gas, and heating components. Now our Clark Cortez is down to its bare metal bones.
If we had any doubts up until now about gutting our RV and removing the insulation — Let’s just say the sopping wet insulation we removed and significant rust we found solidified the need for exactly what we did. See before and after pictures here …
A Clark Cortez motorhome’s Achilles heel is its transmission, which means L and I try to make sure it is in as good of a condition as possible. Find out why the transmission is so fragile here …
L and I have been working on eliminating — or at least reducing — the many squeaks, bumps, rattles, and creaks from our Clark Cortez motorhome. Here, we replace our anti-roll bar (or sway bar) bushings.
Did you know vehicles have nipples? This is what I learned as Andy and I work to restore the mechanics of our 1965 Clark Cortez motorhome. Here, we use our Cortez’s grease nipples to lubricate the suspension bearings and bushings in an effort to reduce its many squeaks and squeals.
Sure, there may have been times when Andy and I wanted to watch our 1965 Clark Cortez motorhome burn. This though? This was not one of those imagined times and yet our RV almost did go up in flames.
Water was pouring into our RV, which meant instead of moving forward on our mechanical overhaul, we now needed to investigate our many leaks.