I have just purchased a 1996 Ford E-Super Duty dually with a 7.3 Powerstroke (215k miles). It's equipped with a Terra Transit 13-passenger body by Turtle Top. It has the storage compartment in the back.
The body needs a good scrubbing and quite a few fiberglass patches. The roof vent needs to be fixed or replaced. There is very little rust on the cab, and the main chassis is in great shape. The I-beam cross members that support the Turtle Top are quite rusty and will need replacing (this isn't a problem because I'd like to drop the floor a few inches anyway, and I won't be able to until I replace those I-beams with something shorter, but that is all down the road, ie when the current cross members fail).
Mechanically the bus is in great shape, and has been thoroughly cared for by an elderly couple until only a few weeks ago.
Does anyone know of any build threads on a similar platform? Also, if anyone has experience with registering and insuring these I'd appreciate suggestions. My plan was to call it a cutaway van because that seems like the easiest and cheapest route. The title calls it a Ford Cutvan, model no. E406, body type bus. However, VT doesn't require titles on vehicles older than 15 years, so all that info can be amended. Not sure what the curb weight is, or what VT's insurance regulations look like.
Excited to gradually move on from pen and paper.
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