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Old 03-03-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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McBeast arrives in Austin !!

Yes, stage one is complete. The McKay van, now affectionately known as McBeast has been successfully shipped from SMB CA to SMB TX.

I got word it arrived just after my flight to DFW/STL was cancelled so I had a chance to run by and take a look. It is big and it is white. It looks good on the outside and very empty on the inside.

(There was also a nice looking 4x4 Green Ford that took the same ride and arrived in TX.)

Now the fun really begins.
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Here is a before




And after (so Far)...



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Old 03-03-2008, 07:26 PM   #3
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More from SMB CA

Here are a few more shots from when McBeast was just getting done at SMB CA....



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Old 03-03-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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Finally in Austin

Yes, it finally made it to Austin....





BUT it is still pretty empty so there is some work to be done yet ...

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...and the black grill is on order....
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:57 AM   #6
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Looking good! Glad to hear it's finally in Austin.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:35 AM   #7
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Greg, what is the huge box on the rear bumper? It looks different than the old Aluminess galley box.
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Greg,
Since the "Mcbeast" is running close to a 35" tire, did you opt for re-gearing your 4:10's.

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Greg, what is the huge box on the rear bumper? It looks different than the old Aluminess galley box.
Looks like you could put a few bodies in there.


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That huge box is supposed to be a new offering from Aluminess... it is supposed to carry 3 Jerry cans and a Honda 2000 generator. It has a new latching and locking system that is supposed to help provide a tighter seal. I also understand the lock cover is new.

I have not yet checked ot see if the Jerry cans and generator will in fact fit....

The box is also supposed to be sturdy enough to mount a bike rack on top.

As for the rear gearing, ...there was no choice regardless of tire size. I do not remember what option it was that restricted us to 4:10, but that is what we have.

(I just landed in the STL snowstorm and am now looking for a way back to Austin... I will check what option caused this restriction and update later)
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