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Old 08-08-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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New Project 1996 Ford E-350 7.3L Shuttle Bus

So my buddies confirmed...I own a new bus...we'll call this one Drgn Slayer...since my other bus Haus of Drgn died(transmission) and was sacrificed in trade and extra cash for this new project. Once they make it down from the Midwest this weekend I will get to physically see it and have an idea as to my next move. Here's a few pics. It's bigger, has a better engine. Here's some pics I was sent.




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Old 08-08-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Re: New Project 1996 Ford E-350 7.3L Shuttle Bus

And a couple more pics I was sent. And a shameless plug...If you would like to take a listen to my friends band here's a great link to GEARS http://www.reverbnation.com/gearsofficial
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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Re: New Project 1996 Ford E-350 7.3L Shuttle Bus

Wow! Such a big shortie! I'm jelous.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:54 PM   #4
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Wow! Such a big shortie! I'm jelous.
Yah, at least they are very comfortable. I can't wait until it's in my side-yard and I can inspect it.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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Welp...my new to me bus arrived today from the long a$% trip back from Lexington, KY. Just some slight details to iron out, the front a/c needs to be recharged, the overhead cab a/c is not working( anyone have a wiring diagram for a 1996 Metrotrans w/ Trans Air control?). the wiring panel looks immaculate, found the relay, just need time to test it more...The roof a/c Coleman kept shutting off, easy fix, the extension cord it had wired in, was missing the ground portion of the prongs. So I replaced the cord, worked like a charm. Then I noticed someone had the brilliant idea of wiring in a HUGE inverter(5000W- 10,000Wmax) to the existing onboard batteries...in other words the main starting battery, and the little accessory one...Umm...that will have to be remedied, with at least 2 marine batteries. I also did a once over w/ the silicon to seal up most of the joints. And another funny thing the guys noticed was that there is a passenger seat, but no seat belt...at all. no hole to pass it through either, I'm assuming that the anchor points are still there, so I guess tomorrow we will take a trip to the junkyard. That's about it for now, will take some pictures in the AM, i had like 2 feet to spare in my side-yard...fit like a glove.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:40 PM   #6
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If yours is like mine, the AC from the box mfg. is tapped into the stock Ford AC + run in series. There is a sticker on my dash stating the rear AC must be on for the front to work.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:25 PM   #7
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If yours is like mine, the AC from the box mfg. is tapped into the stock Ford AC + run in series. There is a sticker on my dash stating the rear AC must be on for the front to work.
Yeah, sorta like my last one, but this looks so much cleaner. I plan to play around w/ it tomorrow, didn't run for them at all, I got the outside fans run on the intercooler briefly when I trip the relay, so we'll see what happens.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:40 AM   #8
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Yesterday I figured out the problem w/ the rear facing a/c. I noticed the overhead control panel was getting no power, so I followed in back under the hood, and the solenoid looked bad. So I jumped the solenoid and the power came back tot he panel, and the a/c kicked on. So after we dropped two cans of refrigerant into the system, it all began cooling( probably needs 1 more). The boys came by and changed the oil on it...crazy how much oil is used in diesel engines. Started adding some door speakers, and it started to rain. Hopefully I should be able to wrap up the other door then wire in a speaker selector switch for the outside and front speakers. Let's see what else...I have a lead on a decent dresser on Craigslist, it's in the area and free(best kind). I will follow up with some more pictures later in the morning after I get home from work. Night all.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:22 AM   #9
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Re: New Project 1996 Ford E-350 7.3L Shuttle Bus

Wow, another Metrotrans! I have a thread down the page. I have been fighting A/C problems and finally converted it to 1 compressor. How is yours set up? I bought a replacement solenoid on Amazon pretty cheap.
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Wow, another Metrotrans! I have a thread down the page. I have been fighting A/C problems and finally converted it to 1 compressor. How is yours set up? I bought a replacement solenoid on Amazon pretty cheap.
it was already a 1 compressor set up... phew! yah I got my solenoid locally at Advance Auto Parts... like $20. After I changed it , it started to working again.
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