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5 outrageous reasons to love 1970s FMC Motor coaches

Motor coaches are fascinating to me. Gigantic rolling boxes filled with everything a person needs to lead a fulfilling life, all neatly packed in locking cabinets and fold-out compartments. A 1973 FMC 2900 R is about to close on Bring a Trailer brought these homes-on-wheels back into my daydreams. This thing very well could have been the coolest motor coach on the market—if not exclusively for these 5 reasons.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/29/5-reasons-to-love-fmc-motor-coach

I agree with Kyle, so much so that just a week ago I bought a very similar 1974 FMC 2900R for myself.

Here’s a video walk through from when I bought the unit last week.

My oven and range are intact and work perfectly but the refrigerator was replaced in 2002 according to the extensive owner’s logbook that mine came with. And the original A/C unit has been replaced with a roof top unit found on most RVs.

What I noticed is that by turning the driver’s seat 90-degrees counterclockwise and moving the table that is positioned between the couch and the galley kitchen, that it really opens up the front compartment while at the same time, gives the kitchen a lot more preparation space. I also think that the Uniden CB radio is a great period-correct touch. As everything else in the coach works I have every reason to believe that it works as well.

As I am an automotive journalist with extensive experience in self-publishing, I’m planning on producing a print-on-demand book on the history of the short-lived FMC 2900R project. There is a small but very tight-knitted group of FMC owners on the web. From what I have been able to learn that of the 1,051 FMC 2900Rs built, it’s estimated that more than 700 survive to this day.

If you’re an FMC 2900R owner and want to contact me, view my YouTube video and leave me your contact information in the comments section. Or reach out to me via Facebook

Safe Travels,

Rich Truesdell.

Hey @richtruesdell:

Thanks for the comment. Your FMC looks really awesome. I’ll admit I’m a little jealous because the condition of that one looks quite neat and tidy. Looks like a great adventure-mobile.

Have fun with it and be sure to post a couple photos here on the Hagerty forum if you take it out on the road.

Kyle

5 cool things about the FMC Motor Coach doesn’t cut it. Gotta go to #6, THE DRIVER’S DOOR! Then super radical but super convenient. Dad could hop out and gas up without waking anybody. Great safety feature as well.
I sold these high tech coaches while in college and got to delivery 7-9 of them cross country starting from the San Clara factory.
They were the Corvette-Mercedes of RVs. Built less than 1,000; project killed during gas shortage.

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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.

I will be doing live streams from the road on YouTube and Facebook so subscribe to my channel and click on the notification bell to be notified when I upload new videos.

We are going to be selling our FMC if anyone is interested. It’s a 1976 and built by Counts Kustoms. Looking to get $40,000 Contact LUKE at 612-701-5721.