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Old 06-03-2013, 01:14 PM   #11
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Re: 2001 E450 Star Trans MotoBus Conversion Project

Welp.. it's been a while but I finally did some work to the bus.

A month or so ago we were driving back from an MX track and the bus seemed to have gained a loud ticking sound that varied with engine RPM and was wayyy down on power. After some investigation I found 2 very rusty exhaust manifolds that are probably (still) leaking, and my passenger side crossover pipe was leaking exhaust very badly pre turbo. After a month of trying to find a set of torches to borrow as mine were empty I was able to get the rest of the broken bolts out of the bus and get the pipe replaced. Used some RTV for extra protection and it seems that the lost power had been restored.



Next day I finally started building my divider wall to separate the passenger area from the garage. Went with 2x4 construction like a standard house. Used some paper to make a template and went to town. It's not complete as I have not sourced a door yet to get from front to rear but the bulk of it is done and insulated. It seems to have added a ton of strength to the roof and it's not nearly as loud inside. As soon as I can get my hands on a good air tight door I will finish the other side and cover both sides with carpet.



On a side note.. if anyone is looking for a set of 6 seats (the ones that were in my bus) they are on eBay right now
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:02 AM   #12
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Re: 2001 E450 Star Trans MotoBus Conversion Project

Got a stinky fold down (power) seat from pullapart. Steam cleaned it.. and it's still stinking. Will attack it some more.





Perfect width too.

Door came in yesterday:



Tonight hopefully we'll have enough time to get the door roughed in and start closing up that wall. Hope I can get the seat to stop stinking because after the wall is closed up I don't know if I'll ever be able to get that seat out

Bus in it's new parking spot after I got the boat out of there:

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Old 06-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #13
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Try Fabreeze. It took out the smell of stinky gear oil out of the back of a station wagon I had.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #14
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Thats the next plan of action after a few more carpet cleanings.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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Got the door roughed in tonight. Will hopefully have the wall finished up this weekend:

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Old 06-12-2013, 03:20 PM   #16
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Currently trying to find a 13' awning for the side of the bus as well. Looking like its going to be an expensive (~$500) endeavor
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #17
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Another day at the track:



I do believe my drivers side manifold is still leaking though.. power isn't 100% and I can hear a noticeable tick that goes with engine RPM while I'm on the highway. Might attempt to do something about it but I have a call in with an RV repair shop to see what they would charge.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #18
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I used to race enduros and a little MX back before the monoshockers came out. We would have killed for that much suspension travel.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:21 PM   #19
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I used to race enduros and a little MX back before the monoshockers came out. We would have killed for that much suspension travel.
Yeah the bikes sure have come a long way
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I used to race enduros and a little MX back before the monoshockers came out. We would have killed for that much suspension travel.
Yeah the bikes sure have come a long way
I still feel the pain from my 1972/4 MX360
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