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Old 07-26-2015, 03:30 AM   #151
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Sorry to hear about your troubles but how did the Excursion get stolen. It should have a PATS key. They would have to tow it. My EX has a PATS key that I was going to bypass until I read about 4 Ford trucks getting stolen in one month. That idea got tosses pretty quick.

I will also install a tracking device in a few of my vehicles.

DEATH TO THIEVES!!!
She had an '03 F250 4X4 6.0L diesel. Just replaced the oil pump, new Michelin tires, new brakes all the way around, new rear calipers, new fifth wheel in the bed, new, new, new, new everything along with quite a bit of my own blood sweat, & frustrations. Was due for an inspection and registration at the end of the month... Her friends at the D.A.'s office are helping too. LOVE those guys! The '03 F250 was an extended cab with 1/2 doors behind the front doors, short bed, and lift kit from the factory. As I said, a unicorn. It took me EIGHT MONTHS to find it.... Drove all over Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to find it in Austin, TX....

I believe I'll be investing in Low Jack...

So now my wife is looking at a 2000 Ford Excursion 7.3L 4X4. White with a tan leather interior. We're not fond of leather in a vehicle, well, another thread could be started about leather, but this is a family channel......

So we're off to look at this truck on Monday. In the mean time, and I say MEAN... Every time we get close to treading water disaster seems to strike hard....

Sorry about derailing my own thread... But the connection is it's preventing me from getting to my bus......

So until we get this situation solved...... I'm unable to get pics or even see Heavy Fuel for now.....
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:05 AM   #152
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Sorry about derailing my own thread...
it's your thread......

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Old 08-13-2015, 04:32 PM   #153
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Updates! Pics will follow.

1 - Got to meet Tango today! That was AWESOME!!! Thanks Tango for taking so much time with me today! Next time we'll got see your ride! Now I understand how to get a few things done. Will organize the steel to be re-used. Have plan for getting the floor plywood up too.

2 - Now have replaced my wife's '03 F250 with a new '14 Ford Transit Connect XLT she can get in and out of with ease. We looked at the car carrier. This delivery van converted to civilian use will suit our needs fine when we put it on the carrier and pull it behind Heavy.

Driving all over Houston today with Heavy let me know the engine has more unused torque than what I originally thought. I'm figuring the build won't add as much weight as I first suspected. Removing the rear escape window and insulating the back will save another 100 or so pounds. Yes, yes, I know about the escaping problem. However, we are putting in some big windows not only to look out but to also provide escapes as well.

I still can't get over how Heavy turns corners so well. Had some rough roads to drive over, but she handled them with ease. I'm SOOOO looking forward to getting my Bostrom air-ride seat though. Well worth the money since it will be my driving/office seat. Need something to last for a few decades....

Pics will be following sometime this weekend as time allows. Starting a new coach bus driving dedicated job this Sunday. Minimum of $100 each Sunday! We need it!

Again, thanks so much Tango! Look forward to see you again soon!

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Old 08-13-2015, 11:08 PM   #154
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Good to meet you too bud. And man...what a choice platform! That bus has a lot going for it and it sounds like you have a good plan for building her out. I admit to having serious bay envy. Those Mongo through bays are gonna make a lot of building tasks SO much easier.
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:35 AM   #155
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We are looking to trade our POS Subaru lemon for a Transit maybe next year. Nice choice.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:28 AM   #156
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We got the 2014 for almost $7K less than sticker. It was made in Feb '14. Was sitting on their lot since May '14. Made a cash offer of just under $21K and they took it. Sticker was $28K.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:42 AM   #157
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Updates! Pics will follow.


Driving all over Houston today with Heavy let me know the engine has more unused torque than what I originally thought.


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M1031, are happy with the cat engine so far?

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Old 08-14-2015, 07:25 PM   #158
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J,

Sure am! Tango was impressed too! This Cat engine has 34K miles on it (replaced due to a rookie mechanic forgetting to put in a new air filter after removing the old one). The Marvel Mystery Oil, Lucas, and Prolong make a HUGE difference in how the engine runs.

Driving around I could feel the engine hunger for another gear. The load is definitely light. Plenty of room to get a better gear ratio. So looking forward to getting her done, just going to take time.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:37 AM   #159
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It sure does purr purdy!
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:44 PM   #160
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What is the rear end gear ratio? and what would you replace it with? mine is 5.29 trans 643 cat 3208.
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