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Old 08-24-2016, 11:24 AM   #1
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The Zippy Bus: 1997 Genesis Amtran 34' 4 season living in White Mountains NH!

Our new project for us(Squash and Zippy). A 1997 Genesis Amtran, 34' bus. Living space about 29'x7', for year round living in the White Mountain National forest of NH. Its an FE flat nosed unit with a DT466/AT545 combo, air brakes and a spicer rear end. 150k on odometer. BOdy overall solid, but a lot of dents and couple rust holes here and there..........

Some pics to start!
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:46 PM   #2
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Very similar to my bus. The genesis buses were great!
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:23 PM   #3
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:41 PM   #4
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Anyhoo, here are a few pics........body overall is solid inside and out, but there are still quite a few dents and areas which need rust repair.

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Old 08-24-2016, 10:00 PM   #5
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DT466 190hp/485tq mechanical version w/AT545



Dent needs repair......



Some rust repair to battery box........she came with 3 new batts and terminals.........no complaints there.



Side view........how you supposed to close the air door fully from outside? No handle........



Passenger side view mirror rusting through at the mounts.......needs repair......



Needs to be pulled out a bit.........



Structural to the entrance stairway needs attention......



Other sideview mirror partially torn off......



How do you close this door from outside?



All the wheel wells will need repair.....rotting out all around em.........



Rear door dented to "sheet" and rotting out......mismatched hinges in back too.........anyone know good places to get used or new parts for these things?



Rust at rear license plate area



Some denting here.......top side, some rust inside above door too.......



But the body overall is really good............



More dents in roof........



Another dent.......



All the tires and retreads are in either near new condition or with low miles overall......



Rims gonna be cleaned up and painted grey...........



This mess getting cleaned up and properly loomed and labeled........
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:07 PM   #6
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This access door won't fully close.........



Ripped off the junk rear bumper and drip plates/splash guards.......



Pile begins........thankfully seats were already out............



Rubber and plywood flooring already removed.........lots of rust on the metal floor........











Seats in rough shape but still comfy surprisingly, lol



Crack in gauge cluster........where to get parts cheap?



No idea what was here.....any ideas?



What the knob do under the yellow parking brake button?
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:07 PM   #7
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wonder why so many dents? cowboy of a route driver?

it looks like a lot of the rust is related to the dents as opposed to true rot.. seems like you should be solid assuming the floors and ribs are good.. the tires do look good which is a plus!

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Old 08-24-2016, 10:24 PM   #8
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Removing windows............keeping the good framed windows, tossing the ones in rough shape and replacing with sheet metal.........



This is the worst wheel well behind driver seat..........



Starting to rip out the ceiling metal now.............and yes Ive only had this bus a few days.........like to be living in it WARMLY by winter.......lol..........been living in a tent all spring and summer.









The frame rear axle, exhaust and air cans are surprisingly clean, plus the previous owner did a fresh oil change, tranny fluid change and full filter change.........unfortunately the previous owner never touched the anti freeze, so time for a flush............



New shocks all around are in order...........



Fuel tank and safety brackets need to be cleaned up.......same with driveshaft......











Nice beefy international frame.........and to think, I was thinking about spending $double the money for a flimsy "tiny home" 28' bare framed trailer.............and still would have needed to buy a truck capable of towing it............



Cross members in overall good shape..........not too much repair needed here at least.........



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Old 08-24-2016, 10:46 PM   #9
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There will be 4 rooms in the RV conversion, in the rear the bedroom(full sized bed w 40" 2160p LED tv w UHD BR player and full surround system), followed by the bathroom(composting toilet, sink, 2 person whirlpool bath, washer/dryer combo unit), followed by the living room(couple couches, small lcd tv, shelving etc), and in the front the kitchen(fridge, 3-4 burner stove/oven, microwave, sink, counter), and then the cockpit will get an upgraded seat, or old one reupholstered, cd player/sound system, and lcd monitor for backup camera. Hoping to finish this project by this time next year.........
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:28 PM   #10
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the knob under the yellow brake handle is your hand-throttle.. you cam use it to set your idle speed up and down.. its a cable that loops around inside to your throttle pedal.. its often that the knob pulls off.. mine did... its just a standard round blank knob or you could use a T-handle.

I use mine to up the idle speed when im resting at a rest area on a really hot day to spin the A/C compressor faster and get cooler air...i'll probably do the same in winter so the engine makes better heat..

remember when you do the coolant to check and add the SCA as needed to the coolant for the wet sleeve engine if required...
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