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Old 03-26-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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Question I just bought a bus

I now have a 1992, e-350, 15 passenger; 4 window;,bus 7.3L; 190,000 miles

I feel like robert redford in "the candidate", Now what happens?
before converting to a RV I mean.


It came from a school with regular maintenance but it has been siting for a while.
What should I do:
oil change, other fluids and ??
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:45 PM   #2
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Nice dude. Good find, I just bought a similar one (1996) on Friday. My first steps are measuring and planning out the layout while I remove the seats (which is almost done today). Next I'm gonna remove the floor, walls, and ceiling to reinsulate and remove the wiring/coolant hoses, and replace with a finer cover.

However, let's not forget... I still have to go to the DMV this week. I can't drive the bus to pick up supplies until then. I also need to take it to a mechanic to give it a one over, replace the batteries (they've died--we had the lights on the first night to look over it, and apparently that was enough to kill 'em. I have no idea how old they are, so I'm just gonna replace them), and change the oil/filters since I don't have any records of when that was.

Be sure to keep updating this thread as you go, there are a ton of lurkers who read these (I was one of them for a year) and I'm sure they will find it super helpful.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:48 PM   #3
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I now have a 1992, e-350, 15 passenger; 4 window;,bus 7.3L; 190,000 miles

I feel like robert redford in "the candidate", Now what happens?
before converting to a RV I mean.


It came from a school with regular maintenance but it has been siting for a while.
What should I do:
oil change, other fluids and ??
Brakes, including flex lines...check belts, hoses...I'd drive 20 or 30...from stop-n-go traffic to freeway...than park it overnight with a old sheet or cardboard spread underneath the engine and tranny...to check for location of leaks

Mostly, enjoy the adventure

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Old 03-26-2018, 08:59 PM   #4
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Question what about spare tire

I've never had a vehicle with dually. I know I have 2 spares for the rear

What if I loose a front; can the rears be bolted up with just one wheel and I use the "spare" for the front.
¿Does the flat front have to go on the rear to make the rear set complete enough to get to a gas station?

How do you tell if one of the rears is flat?

So many questions as I think about what i did today.
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:13 PM   #5
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I've never had a vehicle with dually. I know I have 2 spares for the rear

What if I loose a front; can the rears be bolted up with just one wheel and I use the "spare" for the front.
¿Does the flat front have to go on the rear to make the rear set complete enough to get to a gas station?

How do you tell if one of the rears is flat?

So many questions as I think about what i did today.
Truckers can hit the tires to check them...there is a stick you can buy just for that...

Yeah the rims interchange with the front...but if you blow a front tire you may have more issues than a flat...

Best to check(visually) pre-trip and with a gauge

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Old 03-26-2018, 09:38 PM   #6
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Inner tires are easily checked with a tire billy, sometimes called a "thumper". As long as the tires are about the same sound when whacked, you are good but extreme cold can throw the sound off.

Another option is a set of dually valve stem extensions so the inner tire is more easily accessible. That's the route I'm going.
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:44 PM   #7
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Inner tires are easily checked with a tire billy, sometimes called a "thumper". As long as the tires are about the same sound when whacked, you are good but extreme cold can throw the sound off.

Another option is a set of dually valve stem extensions so the inner tire is more easily accessible. That's the route I'm going.
Thx tango...I couldn't remember the term...

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Old 03-29-2018, 12:32 PM   #8
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Just a progress update; I got it home

Its in the driveway, still need to get the backyard cleared out enough to get it where I can work on it.
For those following along.
The process so far:
step 1 : win auction; done
step 2; get insurance, done
step 3: wire money; done
step 4: pick it up; done
step 5; gas it up, done
the seller left about a qt of diesel in it. They didn't even want to let it idle until it was signed over to me
step 5; drive home with friend following, no plates; done
step 6; get it registered with our government; wish me luck

I'm in CA, first attempt this morning was a failure.

Parking lot full to overflowing, lines literally out the door and down the block. Tried to get an appointment, they said come back near the end of April, almost 4 week from now. o'course in CA they want to throw you in jail or punish you in some way for not registering within 10 days or 3 days or some ridiculously short amount of time.
Even thou our government already knows that i have the vehicle because the seller told them and they saw the money get transfered. They arleady have all the information on the vehicle, we have been paying them to track it for the last 26 yrs.
It should all happen online I have pgp encryption on my email, keybase for secure file transfer and a secure telegram account so personal and private information can travel safely. I'm frustrated right now.
I know that even if I had a significant-other; I doubt she would want to do this paper work stuff any more than I do.

I'm really looking forward the design, welding, building it out and all the other fun stuff.
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Old 03-30-2018, 10:44 AM   #9
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I had the same issue with the DMV... I got out of my car, saw there was a line around the block, and promptly got back into my car.

If you’re just going to register it as a regular auto like I did, you have two better options.

AAA: They said they can only do private party transactions (I bought mine from a dealership) and only the DMV itself can transfer an old school bus (this is false; I was just talking to a guy who didn’t want to do the work).

Registration Express Group: I walked in, no line or wait, sat down and gave them my paperwork from the dealership. Five minutes later, after paying a total of $150, I walked out with new plates and valid registration. Totally worth it to me.
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:15 PM   #10
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I got it registered, after 3 trips to the dmv. I'll write up the long story and post it someplace so others can learn. Stay tuned.

Right now I'm wondering that transmission I have. The bus is a 1992 ford e-350 and the body is by sturdivan, if that does matter.
The GVWR is 10,000, front 4600, rear 7800
unladen 7640.

Where would I look and what would I look for?

Right now it seems to shift ok but only after the engine seems like its spinning a little too fast, If I lets off the pedal a little it will shift. When its going from 1st to second around 15mph, I also notice, or atleast I think I notice a slight second shift a little latter and then around 25-30 it will do another major shift.
Never driven an auto this big so I dont know what to expect and I havent taken up to highway speeds yet. I want to change the oil and do general PM on it. I would hate to ruin my new toy.

It does have a button on the end on the shifter but one person at the school told me they modified to disable it and another said they didn't. havent tried it.
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