Final Touch Coach Works in Valencia, Calif., has begun the Phase 1 restoration of an authentic English horse coach originally built for the DuPont family, according to a news release.
The coach was built in 1985 in the United Kingdom and shipped to the United States for the DuPont family, who had a passion for the equestrian lifestyle. It remained on the East Coast for most of its life.
Two equestrian enthusiasts on the West coast, Dave and Bonnie, wanted a coach with history and character. The Volvo F7 English coach was a dream-come-true.
They purchased the coach in early 2010. Designed to drive a million miles or more, the Volvo engine was strong. However, the house part of the coach had fallen into disrepair. Leaking had virtually destroyed the sidewalls.
After researching various facilities, Dave and Bonnie brought their coach to Final Touch Coach Works. They had become aware of their uncompromising quality in both finish work and repair.
In this first phase, the sidewalls were removed, while supporting the roof with trusses. The old walls were simple sandwiched foam with skin that had been all but destroyed by leaking. The water damage had spread to the flooring, as well.
When the walls were pulled out, layers of linoleum and carpet were removed, uncovering decades of neglect. Even a sagging headliner that had been tacked up, was removed.
With significant cleanup completed, the Final Touch crew built out framing using extruded aluminum, alder wood with furniture grade interior skinning, solid core custom-fitted insulation and an exterior skin ready for a seamless layer of filon.
The entire process for the sidewalls will take about six months to complete. Then, Dave and Bonnie will have a solid foundation upon which to build in deciding the aesthetic aspects of the exterior, as well as the interior.
The F7 is quite a coach with a rear section designed to carry up to four horses in air-conditioned comfort. There are two ramps for easy ingress/egress.
The owners’ section up front is all function, with a small bath and living area. But when you are true equestrians, it’s all about the comfort of your animals. Based in California, Dave and Bonnie plan to travel with their prized horses all over the United States.
For more information about this project and other Final Touch Coach Works projects, visit their website at www.FinalTouchRV.com.
Final Touch Coach Works has been providing repair services to many RV dealerships, major insurance companies and hundreds of clients for nearly a decade.