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Old 11-27-2018, 07:49 AM   #21
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I have been slowly chipping away at this build... still waiting for the urge to pull the injectors for a rebuild. but i have been busy getting the floor done. after rust proofing the floor I put down some 1/2 inch closed cell foam sheets one side was white and one was reflective. I put the reflective side down even tho it wont make a difference. Since my end use for this us probably wont include much wet weather, I went with OSB for the flooring. I painted both sides to seal it. I will be gluing down some gray vinyl roofing material that I scored from a local dumpster (free is for me). Once the floor is down and we have the corner trim installed we will begin the build on the couch/bunks.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:35 PM   #22
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Great price..congrats..what do you think caused the chipped turbo wheel? If you do the injector buzz test do they sound different? I have had a the high pressure part of the lift pump fail and that will give trouble also.

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Old 11-27-2018, 01:00 PM   #23
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Great price..congrats..what do you think caused the chipped turbo wheel? If you do the injector buzz test do they sound different? I have had a the high pressure part of the lift pump fail and that will give trouble also.

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I found a piece of rubber caught in the screen on the intake plenum so I imagine that was it also the intake box was destroyed so a piece of plastic may have gotten to the turbo wheel as well... when i run the buzz test one injector is nearly silent and 2 or 3 are very very quiet. what I think is happening is the injectors are so worn that the poppet valves leak high pressure oil and cant fire the injectors. I replaced the fuel pump that I dont think i mentioned.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:10 AM   #24
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Well i finally found some time to pull the injectors and get them sent out for a rebuild. I am happy to say that it is now the smoothest running 7.3 I own. fires right up with no block heater in the 20 degrees we had the other day. Now I can feel comfortable starting on the interior being that I know the engine isn't toast. I am going to give the insurance company a call today to hopefully get a policy on it so I can drive it. I will post more pics as the flooring and bunks go in. I found some vinyl roofing material in a dumpster that will work perfectly for what I need. I will put some area rugs down to keep the floor from getting too cold. I also found out wile removing some bus stuff that the entire walls and ceiling are insulated which will be excellent for the winter trips i have planned. When I have been running a small space heater in there it stays warm enough to work without a jacket on.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:27 PM   #25
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Outstanding! Love it when a fix actually fixes something!
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:39 AM   #26
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Got my bus INSURED! Ended up getting it with progressive commercial for personal use. I explained everything to the agent explaining that i had no plans to convert to an RV policy and he said no problem. So now I have to fix a few minor things and she will be on the road.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:40 AM   #27
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That's the way to do it. Just keep it simple: it's just a regular van to be insured, not some weird RV conversion--only weirdos would do that.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:42 PM   #28
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That's the way to do it. Just keep it simple: it's just a regular van to be insured, not some weird RV conversion--only weirdos would do that.
So you are calling a lot of people on this site “weirdos”? A lot of people change to RV conversions. I personally changed mine to motorhome because the insurance is cheaper.
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Old 03-18-2019, 06:54 AM   #29
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Well now that my bus is insured i buttoned up all the things keeping it from the road. I finished my custom intake that mounts under the bus between the frame rail and the driveshaft. I took it for a short drive and it felt really good. Next step is getting the flooring in and start engineering the bunk/couches. Its been a long ride but the end is in sight.
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Old 03-18-2019, 06:55 AM   #30
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So you are calling a lot of people on this site “weirdos”? A lot of people change to RV conversions. I personally changed mine to motorhome because the insurance is cheaper.
I believe that's sarcasm there.
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