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Old 02-21-2015, 09:59 AM   #11
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I have had a NAPA CPS be bad out of the box-just recently. They are known to go bad. You can change it yourself in 10 minutes with just a 10mm wrench.
First thing I'd do is change the fuel filter-another doable DYI job.
Nothing wrong with the 7.3-you're just dealing with something that someone stop servicing because they were getting rid of it. At 235k miles (which is about what mine had on it when I got it) its time to check out a few things. Glow plugs-UVC (under valve cover) harness are a couple of others. www.dieselstop.com is a real good forum for the 7.3s.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:41 AM   #12
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Timing belt??? Huh? None here. Not even a timing chain-its gear to gear.
That's what I figured, but asked vs checking on Google.

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Old 02-21-2015, 12:12 PM   #13
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Thank you Thank you! All of this is great info, that is exactly why I joined this forum. I will research this weekend and see if I can't get a better grasp on the situation. I drove it all last night for about 3 hours up and down hills, stop and go around town and some higher speed straight aways. All with no sputters or shut downs, it seems to run great so far. I hope this is just a minor fix. I might be taking her up to San Francisco today (2 hours away) for a long test run.

I wasn't too happy to get a Ford either... But sometimes they find you. From what I read, these are reliable engines so I hope it isn't a money pit, I do have limits.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:42 PM   #14
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Thank you Thank you! All of this is great info, that is exactly why I joined this forum. I will research this weekend and see if I can't get a better grasp on the situation. I drove it all last night for about 3 hours up and down hills, stop and go around town and some higher speed straight aways. All with no sputters or shut downs, it seems to run great so far. I hope this is just a minor fix. I might be taking her up to San Francisco today (2 hours away) for a long test run.

I wasn't too happy to get a Ford either... But sometimes they find you. From what I read, these are reliable engines so I hope it isn't a money pit, I do have limits.
I know lots of guys who use vans for work, and ALL of them say a ford is a much better chassis and drivetrain than a GM.
My buddy's nursery runs all Ford e350's and they go hundreds of thousands of miles under quite a bit of abuse.
I know stealth campers who do three thousand mile trips across the country all the time in their Ford.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:50 PM   #15
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I know lots of guys who use vans for work, and ALL of them say a ford is a much better chassis and drivetrain than a GM.
My buddy's nursery runs all Ford e350's and they go hundreds of thousands of miles under quite a bit of abuse.
I know stealth campers who do three thousand mile trips across the country all the time in their Ford.

This just made me feel a lot better. I have driven from coast to coast 15 times in the last 5 years and would love to make this a long distance driver. I'm planning on driving up to Vancouver in April so that will be the first big trip, hopefully everything is good to go for then.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:58 PM   #16
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When I first picked up my E-450 it would lose power for a little while and pump out lots of white smoke. Turned out it was a partially plugged fuel filter.

You have a filter in the fuel bowl up behind the air filter assembly and two fuel strainers in the fuel pickup in the fuel tank. Now is a good time to make sure both are clean. To get at the fuel pickup you'll need the Ford quick disconnect tools which are available at most all parts stores and aren't very expensive.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:49 PM   #17
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Engine trouble update:

I drove the bus all around town for a few hours with no trouble at all. I decided to take it on a longer drive so I got back on the highway and drove 10 miles north. This drive has some steep hills and was the first time I took the bus above 40 mph since I got it home. Towards the end of the drive, the engine lost power and I had to pull over. Once I put it in park, the engine was shuddering like it wanted to cut out. I gave it some gas for a bit and the engine leveled out again. After some time I was able to drive a few more miles before the same thing happened. I decided to take your advice and change the fuel filter, which I will do tonight.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:44 PM   #18
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See my Short Bus posting. I finished it a year ago and eventually sold it but have lots of pictures. It turned out really nice. Very comfortable to camp in but a little noisy to travel in. Can't help you much on the engine issues - best to take it to a qualified Ford mechanic and bite the bullet.

Regarding the interior, the most complicated issue I had was the wiring. Along each wall at the top is a channel with a big wiring harness. Some of it is used, some not. It took a lot of sorting and headache to get it working properly with all the new lighting I added. I removed the big warning lights on front and back and filled the holes. In retrospect I would leave them and life would be simpler. I learned a great deal in the process, especially when it came to running gas lines and plumbing in my water system. Hope you have the skills or someone to help who does, and have a hardware store nearby....

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Old 02-25-2015, 07:38 AM   #19
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I know lots of guys who use vans for work, and ALL of them say a ford is a much better chassis and drivetrain than a GM.
My buddy's nursery runs all Ford e350's and they go hundreds of thousands of miles under quite a bit of abuse.
I know stealth campers who do three thousand mile trips across the country all the time in their Ford.
Not positive but I was told that the GM vans/bus are unibody and not full framed like Fords.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:00 AM   #20
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I don't want to turn this into a ford vs chevy vs dodge thread.

Fords are cheaper than any other make. This is the single biggest reason why there are more of them on the road than any other manufacture.

What I don't like.

Parts changed four times in one model year. I had to carry the VIN just to get the right parts.

Lack of interchangeability. This is everything from engines to axles. Chevy and dodge stayed the same, ford never did.

The worst gas mileage in the truck world.

The most sad Diesel engines on the road. They only had one half decent diesel engine to date, and it still sucked to work on vs the Cummins. Diesel engines should be inline 6, not a V8.

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