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Old 06-02-2013, 12:12 PM   #11
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That is possible, there is only 15" in between the door and the gooseneck. I should be fine on the route I will take with it though. No plans to travel the country in a 1967 school bus, just hauling to the local off road area.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:45 AM   #12
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I have a lot of miles in a Ford school bus with a 330 in it. We had several of them where I worked back in college. Be sure you keep the center bolt on the harmonic balancer tight or you'll end up with a striped timing gear. The gear is keyed, but if the bolt gets loose, nothing but the key way pulls the gear. We had this happen so often out shop stopped buying new gears and had the machine shop cut a new keyway in the old gears. Ford told us the center bolt is designed to bottom out at just the right time to put the timing gear in compression between the harmonic balancer and the crankshaft. The tight fit of the compression is what pulls the gear, not the key. I'd probably get the torque spec and check it with a torque wrench. If you have to loosen the old bolt for something, don't reuse it. Buy a new one from Ford. Apparently bolt stretch on an old bolt can cause the tension to be less than it needs to be.
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nice Rodeo ,interesting setup....if door gets in the way just tie it open
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:21 PM   #14
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Thanks LuckChow, I checked it today and it was tight. Couldn't find numbers for a 330, but checked it at 90# listed for fe block fords.

Bansil, thanks the Isuzu's are overlooked. I have a d60/14 bolt ff for it, current project.
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Have you checked out planetisuzoo?

Sound like a typical way to go 1ton
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:20 PM   #16
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I think I've been there. I was going to buy a toyota for the next project until I read up on isuzu. I welded the rear and wheeled it once, it did really well. Thought of leaving it for a while, but the cv's have issues. I would rather just do that swap than spend time on them. The swap is going to be simple. Spring over in the rear and a pair of leaves in the front. Welded both ends and full hydro steering.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #17
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What engine tranny?
I've done/helped a few Zu's along the last 12 years not many quirks since your replacing everything only acouple known swap issues easily fixed.
We ton'd andre's passport,matt did his troop robG's was most bad azzed,and lots of others,travis did his 98 rodeo it's slick....and michaels amigo is way badazz..... damn talk about memory lane.. thank you
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:53 PM   #18
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It has a 3.2 v6, auto. I'm going to have to get creative to get the crawl ratio low enough.

The bus has power steering, factory as far as I can tell.
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the 4l30 it has it basically junk (they work good until they die)
Front driveshaft is really short unless you move front axle forward

doubling up 2 Isuzu tc's is an option for trail duty

A TH700r4 out of an s-10 will fit(your block is double tapped for 2 bell housings)

or a lot of folks are going with Toyota trannies and dual cases for crawl and added driveshaft length
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #20
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How about a 2wd 700r4 with a sm465/205 divorced? Is there any way I can pull the transfer case it has now and divorce the 465/205 from it?
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