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Old 05-02-2018, 02:08 PM   #11
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That's a great price for a bus. What about the tires? and how much do you expect to pay to get the injector drive module fixed? Was it from a dealer or auction. I have 2 brothers in NJ and can having them help me with hunting if we know where to look. Any ideas?
the tires are in excellent shape less than 3 years old. I was able to source a used IDM from a local yard for 50 bucks that seems to have cured the issue. but now its not getting enough fuel pressure so i need to put a fuel pump in it but those are easily available online. I bought it from a private seller in NY that i found on facebook. for a while i was looking at the listings on first students website. they answer emails quickly and are reasonably priced for the older short buses.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:49 AM   #12
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well i have been really busy lately trying to get other projects done... but this weekend i had time to rebuild the turbo and design a new intake that will go down the back of the engine and take air from a box that is under the bus. I will post pictures and a parts list when I'm done if anyone wants it for their own ford based 7.3 bus.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:47 PM   #13
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"if anyone is curious about what a short bus is registered as in NJ... Its a class 8 passenger vehicle" ... Just wondering what you were able to do about insurance for the cut-away bus... I live in NJ and had to pony up over 2k a year for insurance on my 2005 cut-away with handicap lift. I could only find progressive to insure it. What did you end up finding and using? Thanks
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:36 PM   #14
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I haven't actually put insurance on it yet. It doesn't drive yet... I use njm and they have me a quote but I haven't initiated it yet.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:55 PM   #15
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Interesting... i got a "quick quote" from a number of places... but when I got down the the brass tacks in discussion with them, all backed out except for progressive (which is apparently partnered with my auto USAA insurance) - currently quoted over 2k a year for the insurance... let me know if you find better... would be very interested in getting a more favorable policy.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:00 PM   #16
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Will do. My current plans do not include an RV conversion. So I may be able to sneak around with that fact. But we will see.
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Old 08-31-2018, 09:18 AM   #17
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Well after a few months of saturdays. I finally was able to free the rusted in place up pipe bolt. i decided to celebrate with a beer or two instead of putting the up pipes back on and running it. Next week i will post up pictures of my intake design that really frees up the engine bay and hopefully helps keep engine bay temps down. hopefully i am in the final stages of getting it back up and running then i will move on to the interior.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:55 AM   #18
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After putting the exhaust back together and charging the batteries the engine refused to idle properly. I ran a few tests using forscan and found that there are a few injectors that were not firing properly. After some research i found that the UVCH was most likely bad.
I started by removing the driver side valve cover as it is easier... harness looks perfect, so i move to the passenger side, took me a few hours to get that valve cover off. Nearly impossible to fit my hand/ arm into the area to reach the bolts. that harness looked ok but was a little loose so i am hoping that was the issue. But in the process of reinstalling, i broke the plastic clip that holds the connector together So off to the dealer to order new parts. Side note, the inside of this engine is amazingly clean, thank you fleet maintenance.
In the mean time i decided to rip up the original flooring. I found almost no rust. This old NJ bus is still shocking me... I dont believe it has ever seen snow. I wire wheeled some slight surface rust and gave it a good coat of Rustoleum. Hopefully the new floor will go in tonight or tomorrow. Pictures attached in no specific order.
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:34 AM   #19
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spent a lot more time messing around with the engine and running tests. The UVCH replacement did not fix my issue so the conclusion is that i need injectors. which i was kind of expecting... I am going to be sending them out to rosewood diesel to get rebuilt and slightly upgraded with bigger nozzles for just a slight bump in power... and yes i have installed gauges to keep an eye on the important stuff like EGT, trans temp and engine boost. So the bus is down for the count for a while now until i get my self together to send the injectors out. I will continue to work on the interior and see where that leads me.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:12 PM   #20
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I recently picked up a 03 E450 w the 7.3 in it, so will be following along for inspiration.
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