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Old 02-06-2016, 06:26 PM   #11
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Toyman,

After that EPIC journey I hope whenever you decide to swap power plants you'll ENSHRINE that beautiful engine!!!!! That dedication to service deserves some sort of recognition. Amazing how it never used a drop of anything!

I'm usually an odd-man out on engines, I LOVE Cats and Fords. Bit expensive when they break down, but they have held up well for me.

M1031
If I could find a overdrive transmission to put behind it, I'd consider not changing the engine. Personally I prefer gas engines over diesels. Even my pickup has a 460 in it.

I have a Samurai I'll be towing behind the bus, so I'm afraid I'm going to need the torque of a diesel for towing and climbing mountains. This is going to be my retirement rig so it's going to see a lot of miles, all over the country.
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:17 PM   #12
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Welcome!
Nice bus. Nice rat also.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:58 AM   #13
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I paid a little over $3k for it. Seeing many of these, stripped down and not running listed for much more, I thought it was a decent price.

The engine is a FE Ford big block, of unknown size. At a guess it's at a 70s era 360, possibly a 390. The transmission is a Clark 4 speed. Fast it isn't, but with the rear axle in low range and the transmission in first, it will climb a wall.

Over the 1000 miles home I averaged about 7.5 mpg running 55 mph. Not as bad as I thought it would, but not great either. The engine didn't use a drop of oil or coolant so it will be staying for for now while I concentrate on the body and interior.
That's great! And you're right. A good deal, especially with all the bonus items! Well done! I look forward to watching your build progress.

Super jealous of everyone right now, as I've been in Mexico visiting the parents since December. I'm soooooooo itching to get back to Texas to resume working on our bus...only 28 days before we head back...I can make it....I hope....

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Old 02-07-2016, 03:42 PM   #14
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Wow! What a find. Beautiful!
If it were me (and it isn't) I'd consider getting the body back in condition and looking good, then working with what I have. Just get the interior so that it's workable and doesn't stink, then use it for a year. You'll have a much better idea of what works and does not work for you that way.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:16 PM   #15
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Dan-fox, that's probably a good idea. The interior layout is pretty decent, the cabinets are in good shape, so they will be staying for the foreseeable future.

My interior work is mostly going to involve getting the 30 year old shag carpet off the ceiling and walls, and replacing the flooring. The ceiling will probably be getting painted, the walls will be getting something like paneling, possibly bead board, and the floor something durable that can be swept.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:36 PM   #16
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I'm excited to see this build progress. I looked at several "antique" Skoolie, and had really hoped to find one to build my project on.

'56 was the best looking truck Ford ever made, in my opinion. Love the classic look!
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:17 PM   #17
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They just don't make'em like they used to.
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:25 PM   #18
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I got home early enough today to get a little bit done.

First up was the dent in the roof. It was right on the front and looked like someone had sat on it. No creasing, just pushed in. I was able to slide a flat bar inside the interior vents and push 95% of it back out. That was a relief. No before pictures, but here's an after shot.


The carpet on the roof was fastened up with a bunch of rusty screws, so I removed them and scraped the bits of carpet off. I'll have to get out a wire wheel to prep it for paint.


Next up was removing three plastic lights. These will not be going back. I'll find some vintage, brass lighting to reinstall.



I also found the source of some of the roof leaks. The wiring for the three lights I pulled was run across the top of the bus and drilled through the roof to each fixture. I've seen some cruddy work before, but that takes the cake.

This is the wire here. It was run out of the drivers window and across the roof all the way to the back of the bus.



More to come as it happens.
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:35 PM   #19
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Dang that's a cool bus, my good friend has one very similar.
Neighbor lived in it since the 70's then gave it to my friend.
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:04 PM   #20
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I didn't get much of a chance to work on SanFord today. I'm trying to get a couple of other projects finished off first.

I did manage to climb under it and take a gander at the propane tank. It's another bonus. I didn't realize it had one until I had to climb under it to work on the rear axle on the trip home. The tank is a little rusty and I'll need to pull it for paint and hydro-testing, but over all it's looks decent.



It also wasn't empty. Naturally I had to open the valve and do some checking. The stove lit with no problems, as did the refrigerator and water heater. The only thing that didn't want to lite was the furnace.



That's it for today.

More to come.
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