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Old 02-11-2021, 09:38 PM   #1
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Help purchasing a shuttle bus for conversion

I can use some impute on a shuttle bus in for sale
It is a Ford 2013 E350 with a Coach and Equipment body.
I called coach and they said it is a lightweight steel body
It is a single wheel in back
The truck is in great condition, no dents, no rust, all lights work, no leaks underneath.
The owner was converting it to a work truck and removed all the seats and wheelchair lift. He installed wood shelves which I plan on removing to make camper.
I took it for a ride and it felt good and sounded smooth
It is a 5.4 Triton
The only downside is that it has 228,000 miles on it.
Could I get any opinion on a truck with that many miles or what might be the rough cost if I had to replace the motor and would it b worth it?
He is asking $6500
Thanks so much
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Old 02-11-2021, 09:48 PM   #2
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What’s the GVWR and what’s the unladen weight? This will give you an idea of how much building you can do.

If it’s SRW, is it narrow? That extra foot in width is nice to have.

Do you have a manufacturer name?
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:05 PM   #3
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Gvwr is 10050
Front Gawr is 4200
Back Gawr is 6084
https://www.coachandequipment.com/ manufacture...
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:08 PM   #4
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gvwr is 10050
Not sure what u mean by laden
https://www.coachandequipment.com/ is the manufacture..
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:12 PM   #5
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The manufacture told that it is a little narrower then a dually
but I'm not that concerned about it
I do photography and was looking for something to travel around on the East coast and take pictures
Me and 2 dogs
Bed, small shower, toilet, sitting area was what I was looking to do, for now
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:17 PM   #6
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https://www.coachandequipment.com/ manufacture
Gvwr is 10050
Not sure what u mean by laden weight
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Old 02-12-2021, 12:13 PM   #7
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Unladen weight is what it weighs now without cargo or passengers. The difference between the GVWR and unladen weight is what you have to work with in your conversion, and take it from me, the weight of materials adds up quickly.

The unladen weight will probably be printed on the bus body manufacturer tag.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:36 PM   #8
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The owner said it's probably around 6800 lbs
Any thoughts on the miles?
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:41 PM   #9
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The owner said it's probably around 6800 lbs
Any thoughts on the miles?
Tell them to send you a photo of the manufacturers tag.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:46 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, I didn’t even notice the mileage. That’s a lot of miles. And if you had to replace the motor you’d be in for a lot of money, maybe $6K for a used engine, 8 to 10K for a rebuilt.

I’d be inclined to call that an old dog, but maybe some others might chime in with their advice.
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Old 02-12-2021, 04:35 PM   #11
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double check the motor size?
as far as i know ford quit production of the 5.4 in 2010 and that motor was a garage queen.
being a 2013 and an f350 it is more likely a triton v10 and a 6r140 transmission.
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I checked and under the hood says 5.4
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