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Old 08-15-2016, 12:04 AM   #1
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new here, just bought our shuttle bus to convert.

Hi Ya'll, just bought our new to us 1997 Ford E-450 Startrans shuttle bus with the 7.3 L powerstroke diesel. this is the First Diesel we have ever had, so this will be a learning as we go kind of deal. any an all advice on these Buses are welcome, please tell me the good and the bad. and things to look out for and known issues with this model Bus.

will be bringing the bus home tomorrow.
was going to post pics, but they are to large a file size, so guess I will have to resize them and post later.

we plan to use it to camp in, use as a bug out bus in case of bad hurricanes and to tow my Hovercraft with.
Tim.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:33 AM   #2
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Hi, Hoverlover!

Have fun on your journey!
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:04 AM   #3
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Hi, Hoverlover!

Have fun on your journey!
Thanks, many years ago my Business Partner and I converted a full size school bus for him to live in for awhile, it was a fun build. looking forward to converting the Shuttle bus. we bring it home this afternoon, then I will be able to measure the inside more and start figuring how to set it up. going to start doing a lot of reading on here as see how others have done their buses.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:25 AM   #4
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I also have a 97 startrans. Mines a gasser. Great little shuttle seams to be built well. I use futon bunk beds for sleeping and lounging but my bus is very minimal and only used for ATV trips and the occasional nascar race or concert. Its a good tow vehicle. Welcome..
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:54 AM   #5
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I also have a 97 startrans. Mines a gasser. Great little shuttle seams to be built well. I use futon bunk beds for sleeping and lounging but my bus is very minimal and only used for ATV trips and the occasional nascar race or concert. Its a good tow vehicle. Welcome..
what kind of mileage does does the gasser get? I almost bought one with the v-10, but found this one with the 7.3L turbo for $1,500 more. excited about driving it home today, about a 57 mile drive from Ocala Fl to Deleon Springs Fl.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:14 PM   #6
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what kind of mileage does does the gasser get? I almost bought one with the v-10, but found this one with the 7.3L turbo for $1,500 more. excited about driving it home today, about a 57 mile drive from Ocala Fl to Deleon Springs Fl.
I JUSTfinished a system upgrade in Ocala... down at my new place in st pete (with my bus).. will be driving it back to ohio at some point in the next few days.

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Old 08-15-2016, 12:31 PM   #7
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Hi Ya'll, just bought our new to us 1997 Ford E-450 Startrans shuttle bus with the 7.3 L powerstroke diesel. this is the First Diesel we have ever had, so this will be a learning as we go kind of deal. any an all advice on these Buses are welcome, please tell me the good and the bad. and things to look out for and known issues with this model Bus.

will be bringing the bus home tomorrow.
was going to post pics, but they are to large a file size, so guess I will have to resize them and post later.

we plan to use it to camp in, use as a bug out bus in case of bad hurricanes and to tow my Hovercraft with.
Tim.
well I just found out mine is a E-350 from the Vin # look up on parts. but I think it's going to do just fine.

any idea what fuel mileage I should get?
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:08 PM   #8
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Well my gasser is just a 5.4L v8. This is the shortest , narrowest shuttle they make. Odometer is broke so not sure about the mileage. It actually tows pretty good if I keep it under 65. I won't get their fast but I will get their..
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what kind of mileage does does the gasser get? I almost bought one with the v-10, but found this one with the 7.3L turbo for $1,500 more. excited about driving it home today, about a 57 mile drive from Ocala Fl to Deleon Springs Fl.
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:53 PM   #9
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Since you're in flatlands-you'll get around 10-12mpg.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:31 PM   #10
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Well, we just got back home with the Bus. Almost did not make it thank god i carrier a Fire extinguisher. when we took it for a test drive, we smelled wood burning. since the guy had just replace some of the floor we thought it was saw dust on the pipes. about 15 miles out, I see flames and sparks coming out from under the engine cover and I am on a bridge, no place to pull over doing 55 m.p.h. I get to the bottom of the bridge and there was a r.v. park . I pull in pop the hood and can see flames at the back of the engine. I hit it with the Fire Extinguisher and get the fire out. I open the engine cover to find what was left of a burning bird or squirrels nest. Thankfully a camp saw me and after we pulled more of the nest out, we follow him to his camping spot where he had an air compressor and we blew off the rest of the engine. the rest of the trip home was fine. but had a turn signal out and i am not sure if I had it in over drive or what ever that button on the shift was for, but it was on the whole drive back.

anyway glad to be home and not burning on the side of the road 40 miles from home.
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