This is to update my earlier post made when I purchased my FMC 2900R back in February.
Here’s a photo of my updated bedroom/mobile office.
First, I dropped a valve on the drive home which entailed a tow back to home (it required a huge truck to tow it, Family Motor Coach Association’s roadside assistance provider didn’t send a flatbed). If you’re an RV-er I recommend the FMCA plan. Otherwise the tow would have cost me $900.
I quickly found an NOS Chrysler 440 that a friend gave me (he has two) thinking I’d refresh the block with new gaskets, install the accessories off the blown engine. Didn’t work out that way that over the years while rats built a condominium inside the block. You have no idea of how corrosive rat urine can be on an engine’s internals.
Next a friend offered me a similar low-compression 440, rebuilt to go into a Dodge B-van that he bought from an estate sale. He sold it to me for what he had in in it and work began on the RnR, replacing or rebuilding the water pump, the alternator, all the belts an hoses, and the transmission pan and fluids.
What probably caused the dropped valve was a clogged radiator, replacing it cost more than the rebuilt engine (the sucker is six-core, 30 x 30).
Engine install was completed about a month ago and since then I’ve been updating the coach as I’m going to take it on the road next month, eastbound on the Lincoln Highway to Detroit to see Charles Kuralt’s final FMC 2900R on display at the Henry Ford.
Westbound the plan is to take Route 66 back to California. I’ve written about Route66 many times but on this trip I’ll be shooting both legs with a 4K drone so I’ll have an entirely different perspective from 500 feet in the air.
Here’s a video on how I’ve updated the interior.
If you watch the original video you will see that the big change is removing the passenger-side bed, replacing it with a storage cabinet big enough to store four standard-size 22x14x9 carry-ons (I’m storing two carry-ons along with a under-bed storage unit divided up to store 14 pairs of shoes/sneakers.
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