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Old 01-18-2019, 06:59 PM   #1
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Transforming The Fugly Duckling to Mr. W. Wallace.

My wife and I purchased a 1998 AmTran Genesis with a DT466 coupled with an Allison MT643. We bought it off of Ebay based on pictures and the description from the seller. We flew out to Georgia and spent 7 days driving it back. It performed flawlessly. Phew!

The previous owner had already started the conversion. He removed the seats, painted the floor, and added a few pieces of furniture. Pictures to follow.

Over the next several months, I hope, we will convert (transform) our Fugly Duckling to Mr. W. Wallace. Once completed, I hope to transition into full time travelling, with a bit of work in between. I'm really looking forward to the 5-day weekend, and the 2-day work week.

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Old 01-18-2019, 07:01 PM   #2
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What she looked like when we picked her up.Screenshot_20190118-055432_eBay.jpegScreenshot_20181221-030929_eBay.jpegScreenshot_20181221-134145_eBay.jpeg
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:53 PM   #3
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Welcome guys!



" DT466 coupled with an Allison MT643"


Great combination you hooked up with. Please do keep the pix coming.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:01 PM   #4
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By the title I thought you'd bought a Vista.
Not fugly at all, imo.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:51 AM   #5
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Before we started the cross country journey, we KNEW (a cerebral understanding) that anything not bolted down might move. Now, after nearly 2500 miles, we KNOW that EVERYTHING not bolted down moves. Period.

So, after a couple of days of fighting the mess of migrating furniture, we gave up. We just stepped over it or on it.

Lesson learned... Bolt everything down, even the dishes.

Before and after, below.Screenshot_20190118-060009_eBay.jpeg20190112_045453.jpeg
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:04 AM   #6
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Haha those pictures are great!! Very surprising that the shelf didn't topple over.
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:18 AM   #7
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Haha those pictures are great!! Very surprising that the shelf didn't topple over.
We were surprised too. That shelf didn't move at all.
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:22 AM   #8
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Imagine what will happen in a panic stop?
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Old 01-19-2019, 06:14 PM   #9
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Imagine what will happen in a panic stop?
That much unbolted steel flying at me at 60mph? I imagine that would be my end. Crunch.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:29 PM   #10
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I spent some time removing the factory A/C units. They came out easily enough.

What's nice is that the 2 external fan locations will make a nice area for 2 small storage boxes.

Heck, I even convinced my wife to get under the bus and help me pull the old wiring out.20190117_103607.jpeg20190117_103541.jpeg20190121_163904.jpegResized_20190121_161630.jpeg
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