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Old 07-10-2017, 08:52 PM   #101
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The 6.0 will get a EGR delete and oil cooler while it is out. The van engines don't put out the HP the truck engines did, so they seem to hold up better. I'm still going to give it the once over. It will also be much easier to work on under the hood of SanFord. I'll probably make a tilt front end while it's apart to make it even easier to get to.

The transmission has a fresh rebuild on it and should be good to go.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:35 PM   #102
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I was just thinking about your build last week, but hadn't had time to search to see where you were at on it. It looks great. I like how the paint turned out, looks very vintage. I also like how you hid the window airs. It just wouldn't have the right look to me, with a window air hanging out the back or some side window. Great job, and thanks for the update.
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:10 PM   #103
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What would make the bus really cool would be to install a true 1956 Ford guage cluster instead of the 53-55 version that's in it. I realize the bus came with the earlier cluster as that's how they were made.

Good job on resurrecting the 1959 bus!!
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:51 PM   #104
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I can attest to the Bullet-proof system. LOVE the system. I have it in my '05 F350 and it is AWESOME. She breathes better and gets better mileage to boot. I've been following your build since the start and am glad to see you're back with Sanford.

Outstanding craftsmanship!

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Old 07-11-2017, 08:50 AM   #105
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Glad to see you are back at it. Can't wait to see the tilt front clip. I would love to do the same.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:58 AM   #106
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the tilt front clips making working on things so nice... everything but the radiator.. but if you make your clip like the OEM navistar busses then the clip is held on by 4 springs with cotter pins and 2 hinge pins.. and its off...

with the tilt clips of my busses I can stand between the wheel and frame and the engine is just above workbench height... or I can stand on the frame / wheel..

if you can build a tilt i surely would!!

ive never been a total 6.0 Hater, but the more I learn about it, the more id be willing to use one.. the navistar version VT-365 busses can be had CHEAP because people are afraid of it.. the navistar version didnt have all the same issues as the ford.. but the EGR cooler and oil cooler from the bulletproof system can be fitted on that as well..

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Old 07-11-2017, 09:56 AM   #107
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Jack...aka; 'Ol Trunt"...did a brilliant job of constructing a full tilt front clip on his 1935 Shorty. Some very impressive engineering and fabbing on that build (slide out, pop-up roof, tilt front clip, pneumatic door, and more). Definitely worth digging that thread up.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:44 AM   #108
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Jack...aka; 'Ol Trunt"...did a brilliant job of constructing a full tilt front clip on his 1935 Shorty. Some very impressive engineering and fabbing on that build (slide out, pop-up roof, tilt front clip, pneumatic door, and more). Definitely worth digging that thread up.

I thought I was good until i read Tango and ol trunts threads.. wow!! and sanford is looking to impress also!! thersde classic busses present real challenges and the skills you guys have are fantastic!!

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Old 03-23-2018, 08:53 AM   #109
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SanFord is still plugging along.

Since the last installment, I've redesigned the braking system. We've gone from a 1956 system that was failing to a more modern power brake system.

This old junk is gone.

(There was a image here but apparently PB images are disallowed even if you use a paid account.) The image is HERE if you want to see it.

The new system is based on this with some modifications to make it work.





I pulled the drums to give the brakes a once over. All good so far.



Then I dug into the wiring. This is the original switch panel. Unfortunately most of it was wired with solid wire and a lot of it didn't work.



A lot of the rest of the wiring is 60 year old cloth wrapped and it disintegrates every time you touch it. That necessitated rewiring the entire bus.



Not many pictures of that process. Lets just say it was a bit of a pain. Even the headlight buckets were taped up disasters. So all the old wiring is gone or abandoned. I still need to reinstall the front clearance lights, but she's ready for the road.





New switch panel for exterior lighting.



I have the first camping trip scheduled for the last weekend in April. So with that in mind, I've installed a temporary carpet in the drivers area.



The mattress is in.



And the shift motor for the rear axle is being rebuilt. The parts for it showed up yesterday.



That brings us up to date so far. There will be more to come...
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:15 AM   #110
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wow!! thats some serious enhancements! its lookin good too!!! cant wait to see the pics from your first road trip in it!! love your style.. get it built enough to get it out and enjoy it with the coming of spring!
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