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Old 05-11-2015, 06:48 AM   #11
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Thank you guys for all this delicious info. The folks who recommended Chevy over ford were saying that the Chevys have less electronics in the fuel process making it easier to convert to biodiesel. Also the friend who makes the stuff said that no conversion is necessary and as long as the engine runs on diesel his biodiesel would work fine. Could there be a difference between veggie oil and biodiesel?
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:59 AM   #12
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Yup. Veggie oil is just that-and nothing more. Biodiesel is veggie oil mixed with ethanol and lye. Mixed to be the same consistancy as diesel. Zero conversion needed.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:30 AM   #13
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I love my cutaway Ford. Easy to get parts and every mechanic shop can work on them if need be. I like the Ford bus although I am a Chevy guy. The chevy's are unibody but the fords are frame on body. My bus is a 1 ton chassis but only SRW (single rear wheel). Plenty heavy duty for my futons ,camping gear and towing a trailer. Plus the cutaway buses are more stealth than a skoolie.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:44 AM   #14
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Thank you guys for all this delicious info. The folks who recommended Chevy over ford were saying that the Chevys have less electronics in the fuel process making it easier to convert to biodiesel. Also the friend who makes the stuff said that no conversion is necessary and as long as the engine runs on diesel his biodiesel would work fine. Could there be a difference between veggie oil and biodiesel?
The chevy's arent built nearly as tough as the Fords. And the parts aren't nearly as common.
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:18 PM   #15
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I love my cutaway Ford. Easy to get parts and every mechanic shop can work on them if need be. I like the Ford bus although I am a Chevy guy. The chevy's are unibody but the fords are frame on body. My bus is a 1 ton chassis but only SRW (single rear wheel). Plenty heavy duty for my futons ,camping gear and towing a trailer. Plus the cutaway buses are more stealth than a skoolie.
I'll second everything Leadsled said.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:09 PM   #16
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Well there wa one I looked t tody thy is GMC. I'm confused about that. Is that also Chevy? Also anyone else wanna speak to the handicapped vs not idea?
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:48 PM   #17
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GMC and Chevy vans are pretty much the same vehicle with different markings.

Some people want the wheelchair door & lift for loading toys and equipment and some would be quite happy with no door/lift. Getting rid of a wheelchair lift is a pain since almost no one wants them and they weigh a lot.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:55 PM   #18
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GMC-Chevy-exact same thing.
If maybe you're going to be loading something heavy continually*, I'd look for one/ leave it. Otherwise I see it as taking up valuable floor space-which you'll see runs out real quick.

* I met a woman the next town over with a shorty-she sews leather jackets + patches. Every winter she loads her bike and sewing machine in the back-using her handicap lift-and heads to Daytona. It works for her.
YOU are the best one tell if its needed or not.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:06 AM   #19
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Oh what a great idea!!! Let me give this some thought. Some folks said that the treads or tracks in the floor could be a problem in terms of places for water to seep in. But they do have most of the seats already removed. So that is the positive thing.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:10 AM   #20
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So it seems that the ones that are Ford are twice the price. I'll be looking at them again today. Worth paying double for a 7.3 as opposed to a 6.0 Chevy? It might be newer too. Not yet sure about the mileage.
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