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Old 04-05-2012, 02:11 AM   #121
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

well with the crappy headwinds all day today and yesterday i managed 12.5 mpg average. 356.9 miles and used 28.5 gallons of diesel. included 2 hours of idling at the farm for lights/power/heating for the night and includes city driving in downtown traffic and lots of that was stop and go.

on better news the 2 year old diesel in the tanks was no problem and my fuel filter light is off now. Also tranny is shifting very smooth now to. guess it needed to stretch its legs.

Another noteworthy thing is that in Regina i took a wrong turn in a residential area and came across another 1990 E350 goshen bus with a tag axle! tried to find it on google maps but no success... might stop and see it next time im up there!
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #122
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

So just little backup of the mileage. winds were 40 km/h gusting to 60km/hr (25-37mph)

mileage at fuel up before trip

fuel used

mileage at fuel up at end of trip.



so
63066.4 - 62709.5 = 356.9 Miles and 108 liters = 28.5 US gallons.

108 Liters / 28.5 gallons - 12.5 mpg


also another shot for the heck of it when in Regina :P
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:52 PM   #123
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

so i was in regina again this last weekend for easter and went by where i saw the bus and yeah.. not there. saw where it had been sitting but its gone

anyhow how would one soften the ride or make it less bouncy in the rear of the bus? front is fine but gf was in the back before the rear duals and said it was like a roller coaster the whole way and after a couple hours it was uncomfortable and made her head/face hurt..
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #124
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

One way is to add a little weight to the back with furniture if at all possible.
Another is to lower the tire pressure slightly.
Or, there is always the popular... get a softer seat! (I'm partial to really thick memory foam)

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:48 AM   #125
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lol wish it was that simple :P

thinking might have to see about loosing a couple springs.. gonna see if i can get them lubed up.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:09 PM   #126
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

Ya gotta remember that these old buses were intended to carry around two or three dozen passengers, generally rated at 250 lbs. per butt. That's anywhere from 6 - 9000 pounds of flesh the springs meant to accommodate. Most conversions don't add that much weight, so you wind up with a very stiff ride. Sometimes it is possible to simply remove a few leafs, but you can easily wind up with an even bouncier ride unless you compensate somehow. Air bags are great if you have megabucks, but you can get close to the same effect with a set of good quality, adjustable gas shocks. You can also get adjustable air shocks, but in my experience, more people swear at them than on them. I junked a set on a little 21 footer and replaced them with spring assisted gas. Made for a MUCH better ride. Long story even longer...gather as much experience from others as you can before you start hacking on the suspension and remember that the handling will also be very much affected by whatever changes you make. Best of luck and keep us up on what route you take.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:05 PM   #127
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

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... Air bags are great if you have megabucks, but you can get close to the same effect with a set of good quality, adjustable gas shocks...
The Firestone Air Adjustable Ride-Rite Helper Spring Kits are decently priced at JC Whitney. We installed them on the Class C in addition to the leaf springs (it had bottomed out the leaf springs and every bump would rattle my teeth). Smoothed out the ride big time. The Bluebird rides well and we don't think we need them for our bus. But we have thought about using them to slightly level the bus (we will have an air compressor on board to inflate the air bags with) and why I wish I knew a similar chassis we would need to specify for the Ft. Valley chassis. We can lift the Class C's rear several inches.

BTW, from what I have read, these are the same as what some of the stick-&-staples RV owners have put on their units but they paid far more than we did. (even same for same). The one we bought is currently selling for $289.51 which still beats the $600 to $800 others paid for similar sized Class C Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring kits (5 years ago).

While these particular air springs will not work with your particular unit...
these will work for a 1990 Ford E350 Motorhome Basically, you are buying the air spring kit in separate components. Add it up and see if it would work for you.
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

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Well as of today it is officially licensed as a MOTORHOME!! went in to renew and asked if i could title it as such. Lady said sure no problem, asked what was in it, and boom! done!


Also got the wheel simulators and the valve stem extensions put on. so simple its stupid! lol

Front



Rear




and at home



Also got rid of the queen beds and put in a futon from storage!
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:30 AM   #129
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

air bags,,,
no one mentioned an air seat...
wider radials on wide rims
etc.
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Re: My 1990 Ford E-350 Goshen Bus

So today I replaced the solenoids for the bus. good thing i did because it looks like the positive side solenoid was discoloured..

the original positive solenoid. note it is not silver and upside down..


original negative solenoid


comparison of the solenoids. the original negative one was much smaller but it was still nice and silver..


replaced positive solenoid


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