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Old 12-20-2015, 12:34 AM   #31
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Who installed the stereo? Where is the power coming from? Did you have an old radio?
I installed the radio, one laying around from the girlfriends old car. There was no stereo installed when I got it. It had some form of dispatch radio, but that was removed. They left around the mounting bracket and the hot wire, not safed off!

Normally a stereo install is super easy, but the school district hacks, err I mean mechanics, cut the stereo harness off, again without safing any wires! So, I went to the wrecking yard and cut out the harness I needed from a 2002 E250, which matched. Then crimped it in place, color for color. I used an install kit for the opposing side of the harness.

I suspect the issue is in a missing fuse, but trying to find the diagram of fuses has proven a nightmare! Next wrecker trip I will look for the fuse holder cover!
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Old 12-20-2015, 01:10 AM   #32
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If you used power from a 2 way, it is probably wired to ignition only. You should use a blank accessory spot on the fuse block.
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Old 12-20-2015, 01:40 AM   #33
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https://owner.ford.com/tools/account...002/Ford/E-450

Start page 162.

http://www.fordservicecontent.com/Fo.../02ecoog4e.pdf
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:07 AM   #34
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If you used power from a 2 way, it is probably wired to ignition only. You should use a blank accessory spot on the fuse block.
I just safed off the hot wire from the 2way radio unit, it was wired full time on. I used the factory radio wiring harness for the new radio.

Thanks for those links, just the info I have been looking for!

I'm thinking I will just document which fuses were in place, while noting the recommended fuse rating and the installed fuse rating. Then just fill all of the fuse bays with the proper size and see if the radio turns on from the accessory location of the keyswitch. I can always locate an accessory hot somewhere and run a new lead to make the radio come on at the right time. Overall, its pretty minor, I dont actually need the radio to work while sitting without the engine running.
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:57 AM   #35
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I had alot of time over the holiday week to read other peoples builds, mostly on ADVRider and Expedition Portal.

Here's a fairly accurate sketch of the bus, left is front/right is rear.
So the pic shows (left to right):
-front passenger doors at the top left (drivers seat bottom left, not shown)
-half wall keeping kids out of the stairwell
-rear facing benches (left & right sides of bus)
-forward facing benches (l & r sides of bus)
-(3) wheel chocks
-rear wheel wells
-gas fill tube (bottom of pic)
-rear heater (bottom right of pic)
-rear door
Starting to think I may put in a divider wall between the "garage" and passengers, to seal out gas fumes and road noises during long trips. Also thinking I may ditch 2 of the 4 benches, front ones facing the rear of the bus & the half wall. Then put a van swivel bucket by the stair on the right side and just have seating for 6 adults. 9 adults is alot and there is a lack of space, might even add a 12volt powered Ice Chest or an RV 12v/120v Fridge behind the driver.
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Old 12-30-2015, 03:08 AM   #36
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And a much rougher drawing of my exterior lighting plans, along with the general idea of the loading ramp folding up and 4-6 jerry cans on a Jeep style rear rack. May or may not get the PA Speakers, much further down the road if it happens!
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Its been a while since i last updated....


Today, we yanked the rearward facing seats & half wall, and figured out the placement for the passenger bucket. Still need to mount notch the swivel so it will lock in different positions. And temped to put the pass seat in the drivers location and use the drivers as the pass... tomorrow we will see!



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