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Old 08-23-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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Start of my "new" bus build

Hello converts! Im new to the forum and am about to embark on a RV conversion project that will eventually become a full time live in. I plan to keep things pretty up to date just for my own enjoyment of documentation as well as being able to pick the brains of all of you who have come before me. Have a great day.

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Old 08-23-2014, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: Looking for some insight on a "new" bus

Have fun doing a tune up.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for some insight on a "new" bus

Leaks around the windows.
Floor rotted out. Most if not all are wood...
The drive train is like any other E-350 van.
Ford's brakes, front rotors almost always warp from excessive heat.

Have fun and post lots of picz......
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:52 PM   #4
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Re: Looking for some insight on a "new" bus

Being standard issue Ford engine & tranny, I can't imagine any average mechanic not being able to work on it. Might not have a lift for it but hey, that's what jackstands are for. Should not be an issue. That said, should they refuse, at least there is plenty of info available on the main components and given that what befuddles so many builders are the electrics involved...you should be way ahead of the game.

And...with a starting price of $0.00, you have way more wiggle room than most of us. Go for it!
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:58 PM   #5
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Re: Looking for some insight on a "new" bus

Look for a repair shop that does cars AND trucks. Getting the thing up in the air is the problem at most auto only shops. Nice thing about the Ford based buses is that parts are easily available at your local parts shop.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:21 AM   #6
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Re: Looking for some insight on a "new" bus

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Ford E-350 chassis.
I think I have that Chassis. I haven't done a thing but change out the gears in the transmission myself (I really should have come on here to bitch about it....gottdarned stick and staples!).

Wait, nevermind, mine's a GMC.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:44 AM   #7
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For free it's worth it.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:26 PM   #8
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Re: Start of my "new" bus build

Well that first bus ended up being a no go. The transmission was shot and on top of the cost to repair.. There is no one on the island to do it. So.... On to the next one that fell into my lap. This is the true start to my new hobby. I signed paperwork on her yesterday and will be driving her home today. Commence "Rolling Gypsy"
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:33 PM   #9
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Re: Looking for some insight on a "new" bus

This one has shiney wheel! Everything on the bus is do-able. And its high enough off the ground that you can roll underneath it when needed.
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So...do you plan on putting some bigger windows in that puppy?
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