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Old 02-15-2014, 10:17 AM   #11
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Re: 1987 Ford E350 Former FBI Mobile Command Post

You can have your local welder make a hitch no problem-doubt theres a simple bolt on soulution. When delivered as a partial chassis, the frame rails are just open in the back-leaving the box mfg. to figure out what back bumper set up to have.
A minor problem with extending your rear bumper/step-you just have to be careful swinging around in a tight area. The far back of it now is going to be quite a ways away from the rear wheels. Picture being pulled tight up against a gas pump-when you pull away, you have to watch how soon you cut the wheel.
What Ive done (twice now-once on a cube van + on my currect bus) Is build a new back bumper incorperating the hitch into the design. Theres plenty of metal back there to work with-and theres plenty of trucks like yours hauling race car trailers.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #12
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Roger the extended rear end consideration --- Pretty easy to adapt to but can be expensive to learn. Saw a guy take out an entire booth full of very high priced glassware at an antique show in Canton, Texas years ago trying to maneuver his bus into a tight spot. My old 40' Blue Bird had more than 12' hanging out behind the rear tires and took some practice to get comfortable with. Tight turns would swing the back bumper in quite a large arc. OK once you get used to it, it is OK...but it's also easy to forget at times. Rear cameras help.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:06 AM   #13
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Roger that on the swing out; was a trucker for 20 years and that brought back memories of having to watch out and not forget that swing. I remember having to pull a furniture van 50' with the axles slide way forward; had a real nasty swing and was paranoid I'd swat something in a turn. Same thing when I was stuck driving a "bob tail" van..
Oh Oh I just ordered a Curt III/VI hitch; cxl'd it asap or get it and drill the mount holes in the frame?
I am also curious can you still draw gas from the tank when your pump has quit using a frame mounted pump?
The van has a four barrel Holley carb and doesn't use the "booster" pump the morons at Ford went with - low pressure pump in the tank and the high pressure pump mounted to the frame rail.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:54 AM   #14
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I used the Ford high pressure frame mount pump from a 1987 full size Bronco with my fuel injected motor in my '71 Suburban.
I had to remove the original Chevy in tank pump as it kept the Ford pump from drawing. I'd be concerned that the Ford EFI pump might be too strong for the needle valve to control in a regular carb but I haven't actually tested one. I'd like to hear what you discover.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:25 PM   #15
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They have frame mounted fuel pumps for "carbed" engines. I was asking because I was feeling lazy about having to pull ANOTHER gas tank.. My friends keep coming to me to do the job when theirs fail.
I use my motorcycle jack to lift and lower the tanks; far faster and easier than using a floor jack..
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:32 PM   #16
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If its got a carb, you don't want more than 5 psi. Doesn't your 460 have an engine mounted mechanical pump? I can't recall a partial like that having an in-tank pump.
If you get a low psi electric pump (one of those square Facet pumps work fine) mount it in the back--its made to push not pull.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:08 AM   #17
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Nope no mechanical pump on the engine; just the block off plate by the crank on the drivers side..
Looks like I am going have to pull the tank after all..
I just found a 2006 Freight liner mobile dental unit. 7300 miles; generator sized to run a city, stabilization jacks, holding tanks, even has a bathroom and a whole lot more..

HHHmmmm; oh oh been found out; the better half is showing flashing red eyes and smoke from the ears....
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:03 PM   #18
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Woo Hoo.. Been busy this week.
Got two 6v Golf cart Deep cycle batteries; hooked them in series and hooked them up to the inverter and gen leads. I first made sure the wiring was okay and no shorts to cause a fire; moron mechanic played chop chop on the wiring. Powered up and all the interior florescent light came on; no AC, fan would not even run. I am assuming the inverter hasn't enough grunt to run it and it it wire to the genset and shore power only; I am waiting for my plug adapter. 30 125v female to 120v 15amp male.
Thinking later of either going two, or four more to total about four or six. I am looking at solar panels and charge controller to install. I want to charge the house batteries and starting battery on the same system; I think it can be done of I use a battery isolator to keep them separate and also the Alt. when driving to charge the house batteries again keeping them separate. So I think I'd need two isolators and anyone know have they put a diode on the "alt" stud to compensate for the 1v loss they cause?
Grr still waiting for the fuel pump sending unit assembly. What is screwy is the reg says 1987 and the tenth place on the VIN on the reg has a "k" indicating a 1989??
Also the pump and sending unit plug is different. The one ordered has the four straight across contacts and the one on the van has three prongs in a distorted triangle.
Changed the oil, filter on gen-set; cranks no start; smell bad gas &^*&*, now have to pull the carb and clean it out. I first checked for spark; damn we have spark are got nailed when cranking. I am also thinking maybe convert it to run on propane; I have two 100lb tanks I can mount on the back of the van.
The work station on the drivers side I am removing the shelf and moving the top one down to make my counter to install the inductance cook top and sink, will slide my 5 cuFoot frig under and to the right.
Heading to the hardware to get some plywood cut to size to make tops for the cabinets you see on the right and the take down bed.
The curt hitch showed up and I will have to drill eight holes in the frame to bolt it on; no holes in it. The other problem is the receiver ends about six inches short of the back bumper under it; thinking about making an extended receiver for the ball and use small trailer springs square u-bolts to go around it and through holes drilled in the flat part of the bumper and backed with a 1/4 plate. It would be strong enough for the III/VI rating the hitch has.
I am trying to find a better place to put the pictures besides creating an ad on Craigslist and linking to that.
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I'm sure there are many ways to skin the picture cat but many of us use Photobucket because it is free and quite intuitive
when it comes to using it. If I remember right, Crazy Cal is up on how to use PB and I'm sure he'd be glad to help. There may even be a tutorial somewhere here on Skoolie. I feel sort of foolish posting this because since you know how to get pics from Craig's list to here you must have figured out PB as well. Anyway, we don't care how you get the pics here --just keep them coming.
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Remember with Dc power you want wires as big as you can get going to the battery, inverter, etc, preferably 2 gauge or better, stranded wire is more efficient, also make sure all the wire runs are as short as possible,
I installed one of these fuse boxes, it makes it easier to install lights and stuff, it also saved my wires when I was wiring a light backwards, I blew a few fuses and it protected the wires.
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems- ... x+blue+sea

Going to 4 or more batteries it will increase your power efficiency and be better at equalizing the charge between the batteries if you use a positive/negative bus bar rather than hooking up the batteries together,


I had a one of these installed, 180amp http://promariner.com/products/prolsocharge-series/
it is supposed to have a only a .2v loss but by my measurement its loss is .5v, If it had to do it again I would just put in a switch and charge the starter/house batteries separately.
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