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Old 04-11-2016, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hello! just bought a 2001 ford e450 7.3l short bus!

Hello my fiance and I,
25 & 27 decided to build a tiny home out of a school bus. we were ecstatic to know how big the skoolie movement was and that we weren't the odd balls of the tiny home movement. We love our bus we bought it in Fontana, CA. we are from Los Angeles see and our bus cost us $5500 not the cheapest guy but no rust whatsoever and still runs pretty well. It does have some problems with heating up the engine block however where even on nice days we have to plug in the engine block heater for 15min to get it started, so hopefully our mechanic can fix it.

for our honeymoon we want to take 3 months off and volunteer on organic farms and travel America with it. We are both designers so it's going to be as space efficient and tricked out as we can make it.


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Old 04-11-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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Congratulations. That's not a bad price. What's important is that you don't have any regrets about choosing that bus, otherwise you'll loose interest.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:15 PM   #3
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Welcome. The problem is glow plugs-or the wiring going to it. the valve cover gasket has electrical connections in it that go to the glow plugs + injectors. The injectors don't have many amps-but the glow plugs do. It frys the wires. And glow plugs are just a normal replaceable item. Use factory Ford ones only! You can buy replacement harness ends from Ford if needed-and the under valve cover harness are available from Ford or any parts store. Glow plugs are like $75-valve cover gaskets $40-$40 for uvch-$15 each for harness ends. And depending how good your mechanic is, you're looking at 4-8 hours.
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Changing your glow plugs is kind of like changing your spark plugs in a gasser.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:08 PM   #5
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Old 04-13-2016, 04:19 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!

Yeah I brought it to the mechanic and he said it was the main relay, so he replaced it. I'm not sure if he replaced the glow plugs as I was zoning out playing on the bus while my fiance Brandon was talking to him. bad move, but I was just so excited haha. Yeah a bunch of things don't work in it. like the ac/wind shield wipers (all on the dash), I think it's most likey the fuses as the bus was sitting for 8 months before we got to it. I haven't gone to check and see which fuses yet considering there's 3 boxes I might just ask my mechanic about it. we're trying to bring her in again this week.
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