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Old 04-12-2016, 01:56 PM   #61
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The swap was pretty time consuming. Everything fit tight and there was little room for error.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:35 PM   #62
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Here's a couple more
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:50 PM   #63
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WOW!!!! As someone whose has r+r'd a 7.3 out of my bus, I know all about tight conditions under there. Is that a 4BT? How is it for noise? Shaking? Cooling?
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:35 PM   #64
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It is a 5.9 from a 1991.5 Dodge truck. I have done about everything I can to reduce the noise so it's really not bad at all. Cooling is no problem at all since I used the radiator and intercooler from a 2006 6.0 diesel Econoline. Runs at 195 with a 195 thermostat. Maintenance access is probably better than a stock Ford diesel van.
Just started doing the paintwork on the bus. A picture is attached.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:07 PM   #65
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Like your bus really needed to be painted dude.

Looks great.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:09 PM   #66
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Like your bus really needed to be painted dude.

Looks great.
It was just "Too Much White".
Really, the paint was in pretty bad shape. Looked OK at 50' but closer, it was pretty rough.
This weekend I'll try to paint the rear Gray. It may also need a red stripe or????? I may wait a bit to paint the frontend.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:25 PM   #67
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Maybe get one of those graphic wraps?

I think the white buses are nearly as invisible as the yellow school buses. You know how everyone ignores and tolerates school buses. Generic white buses are the next best thing.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:45 PM   #68
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I know its a common swap in a pick up-did you use any kit stuff or did you built it yourself? Its been asked in the past if this was possible - thumbs up for for all the test fitting it must have taken. I can't believe it clears the bottom of the dash. I wanna see how you hooked it up to the cherry picker. I had to make a engine lift plate to get right into the vee of the 7.3 to get enough room to get between the dash bottom + the crossmember.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:15 AM   #69
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The engine/trans adapter is from Diesel Conversion Specialists. I had to build everything else.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:58 AM   #70
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what about an A-Team style paint?
I know it was a different van, but wouldn't that be cool?
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