Well, it was been 5 years since I was laid off from my job of 20 years and the money to continue restoring our custom classic 1973 Krager Kustom Koach dried up. I have not been able to afford to get the hydroboost system fixed let alone complete the interior rebuild. It sits in our driveway begging for the attention that I would love to lavish upon it. I power wash the outside of it every year to keep it looking as good as I can, despite its need for a completely new paint job.
Our financial priority has become one of not loosing the more important things in our lives, like the house, for instance. Although sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to sell the house, put some of the money into finishing the restoration and living in it. After all, we are planning to retire to a few years of living on the road.
I have tried to sell it a few times but have never been able to find anyone willing to commit to the project with the same fervor I have displayed. It is truly a labor of love for me. Also, I get woozy thinking about how much I have sunk into it already and realizing I will never be able to recoup the investment by selling it.
The couple of times we used it before it was put up for restoration, it was quite the head-turner at the campground. It was considered ahead of its time when it was new in 1973. It is a very unique vehicle since it was rebuilt by Ford Coach Works of Pelham, NH in 1988; truly one of a kind.
It was put up for restoration because I found that some of the woodwork and the floor in what is called the bunkroom at the rear of the coach had rotted due to an improperly installed ladder to the roof. It was after that when the hydroboost gave out right in the driveway. Also, I removed the grill in front of the radiator to gain full access to the engine compartment. I intend to replace the grill with something lighter and better looking.
I removed the water systems because there were leaks and I wanted to install a valve manifold to control the water flow throughout the coach. I had started replacing the 1970s red shag carpet with industrial-grade rubber sheet flooring.
Recently, I have started teaching part-time at a local community college. It does not pay much or include any benefits one would normally expect in a job. However, it has given me hope that our situation is changing and I may be able to entertain the thought of picking up where I left off on the restoration. I have family and friends telling me I should just cut my losses and "get that heap" out of the yard for whatever I can get for it. They think I am out of my mind to still be considering putting in the effort and the money.
After such an impassioned description of the project and my commitment to it, it may seem unnecessary that I ask you folks if you think I should continue or just get rid of it and wait for the day when the wife and I can afford to get a more prosaic rig that does not need any work. Please look over the pictures of the rig in its current condition that I have posted with this article and let me know what you think.
Thank you for your input.