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Old 07-09-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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My 89 E350 Bus Conversion

So I am starting my bus conversion and thought I would share some pictures of my progress. I am just finishing up the interior removal. The bus is a ford e350 with 460 engine and C6 transmission. It had sat for some time with leaky windows so most the floor is rotted out and it has made nice home for mice in the past. In short, lots of cleaning is going to take place before rebuilding.









I hope you guys don't mind the watermarks, pictures are hosted on my site where I post my trip's photography too so I have an automatic watermarking plug-in installed.

Anyways, the AZ sun has got the best of me so I am taking a break for a couple of hours get some water and run to home depot and get some foam board to fit into the window hole and get ready for some aluminum replacements.

As I said the bus was home to several generations of rodents and has feces every where. I am thinking of removing the spray foam and start fresh. What are your thoughts?

Do I use spray foam again or go with board? Pros and Cons?

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Old 07-09-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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Don't disturb any of that mouse poop until you have read up on "Hantavirus" and how to properly clean up from a mouse invasion, being especially careful about not inhaling the airborne particles.
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:39 PM   #4
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Don't disturb any of that mouse poop until you have read up on "Hantavirus" and how to properly clean up from a mouse invasion, being especially careful about not inhaling the airborne particles.
Thanks for this. This is something I worried about even though nothing seems real "Fresh" My problem is I had on of the ceiling panel fall right in front of me and distributed a nice cloud of who knows what so I am either luck or F*cked. Time will tell. "thinking to self, should have warn my breathing mask!"

In the mean time I will look into the proper steps into cleaning up after this invasion.
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for this. This is something I worried about even though nothing seems real "Fresh" My problem is I had on of the ceiling panel fall right in front of me and distributed a nice cloud of who knows what so I am either luck or F*cked. Time will tell. "thinking to self, should have warn my breathing mask!"

In the mean time I will look into the proper steps into cleaning up after this invasion.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:17 PM   #6
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Do I use spray foam again or go with board? Pros and Cons?

Thanks for reading.
I can't tell what kind of foam you have in there now. Two-part, closed-cell foam is, however, the preferred method of insulation, for many reasons. It's also the most expensive. Unless there is a truly compelling reason to remove what you have, I'd leave it and simply worry about the floor.
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Old 07-09-2016, 10:56 PM   #7
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I can't tell what kind of foam you have in there now. Two-part, closed-cell foam is, however, the preferred method of insulation, for many reasons. It's also the most expensive. Unless there is a truly compelling reason to remove what you have, I'd leave it and simply worry about the floor.
I don't know the type just know it some kind of "spray" type that I am pretty sure is the original to the bus. The only reason to remove it is purely sanitary reasons.

If I think it is good to keep I may just top it off and board up the new walls. Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-09-2016, 10:57 PM   #8
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Holy crap that two-type closed cell is expensive but hey good quality stuff usually is.
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:45 PM   #9
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Ok so I have run into an issue and would like to get some feed back. I hope to get my tools back today so I can track down the issue more.

The bus won't start or it starts and dies quickly. sometimes I can keep it going by pressing on the gas after it starts but it will die quickly w/o doing so.

The bus ran great when I parked it and it only sat for little over a week. I was told that a new Fuel pump was put in and the tank was cleaned, though he admitted it was a pain to get a round the baffles so he wasn't sure how clean he got it.

I am not familiar with the quarks of a ford 460 engine and I am waiting for my Haynes Manual to arrive by mail. So any head start advice would be great, I need to get it moved by this weekend.
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Without being there, it does seem like a fuel issue...

Start cheap. I would pick up a couple of fuel filters. Depending on how the tank was cleaned, it could have introduced copious amounts of crud into the fuel lines. Filters don't like crud. Swap out the filter(s) and see if that doesn't fix the problem.
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