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Old 01-02-2019, 05:00 PM   #1
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I'm in.....2003 E450 7.3 L

I spent the last year researching tiny homes, camper trailers and buses. Eventually decided that the bus conversion was the route to go. So I finally found the size and model that suited me best. As someone who will live in it for the warm months (I'm in Canada) the size and mobility was best addressed with the Ford E450. Found a 2003 model with 310000 Kilometers and a 7.3 L engine.

Drove the 6 hours home enduring the pungent smell of mouse urine and the incessant sound of mice squeaking in the compartment above my head. Got home ok and immediately set traps which promptly returned 6 dead mice.

Long story short, I spent the weekend in -30 weather removing seats. Small space heater, layered clothing and good tunes made the chore bearable. Nothing more efficient than, in my opinion, grinding the bolts off with an angle grinder. Seats are gone and got a good start with the rivets. Just drilling them out and knocking the heads off with a hammer and chisel.

This is a top rate site with great info. I am working on a website/blog that will document past and future travels. I shall continue following the excellent posts here as well as asking many questions. Happy New Year all!!!!
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Old 01-02-2019, 05:21 PM   #2
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Welcome! Have fun with the mice!
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:03 PM   #3
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Long story short, I spent the weekend in -30 weather removing seats. Small space heater, layered clothing and good tunes made the chore bearable. Nothing more efficient than, in my opinion, grinding the bolts off with an angle grinder. Seats are gone and got a good start with the rivets. Just drilling them out and knocking the heads off with a hammer and chisel.
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Sounds familiar.... Good luck on your build.
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:20 PM   #4
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super bus!!! treat that 7.3 nice with good clean oil often and it will last you a very long time!! .. its one of the good ones..

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Old 01-02-2019, 06:47 PM   #5
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Got you a great shortie chassis there. Keep up on the maintenance and it will keep running for you. Once you gut the interior the mice will be gone. You have all winter to get going!
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:44 PM   #6
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:46 AM   #7
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thats a nice looking rig!! tall ceiling too!! time for the real fun to begin!!!
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:01 PM   #8
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That is also longer than your average van chassis bus. Good find!
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Super cute bus!
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:11 PM   #10
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Welcome and a real nice find you got.


-30? Where in Ontario are you,. Hasn't been anywhere near that here yet and first snow was last night, 4 inches.


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