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Old 07-23-2021, 08:22 PM   #1
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97 E350 Shuttle

Picked up a shuttle bus for very cheap after looking for a sprinter van but with that market being out of this world in price. Its a 97 Ford 350. Seemed to have been babied most of its life and the last owner started the process of converting it to a RV.





I tried my had at making a 3d model of the interior to make a pretty good layout but was in over my head. Decided to just go the "old" school way and do it by hand.



First is getting rid of the rest of the interior.





After getting all the plywood off the roof I noticed that the foam on the inside is glued along the roof and it very hard to get off. Does any one have experience with removing foam that is glued into place like this? My plan is to strip the interior down the the fiberglass and reinsulate/skin the inside.

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Old 08-09-2021, 10:04 PM   #2
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Took out the plywood floors then cut screws / grinded all the rust out from the metal frame. Then painted the frame.



Cut new plywood and painted it.




Picked up 6 12v 100 amp hour batteries to run in a 24v 300amp hour set up.

Can any one help me get my mind around how to calculate watt hours on a window ac unit? If a window ac unit uses 600 max watts and 6 amps how do I translate that to time aka watt hours?
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Old 08-15-2021, 12:45 PM   #3
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Watts X Hours=Watt-hours.

600 watts X 6 hours would be 3600 watt-hours

Your planned battery bank has a total capacity of 7200 watt-hours.

If the batteries are lead-acid, you shouldn't discharger them below 50% of rated capacity (7200 watt-hours).

So you won't be able to rut your AC very long on a charge.

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Old 09-07-2021, 09:50 PM   #4
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Got the floors all set. Working next on insulating the walls and roof and adding two roof fans.





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Old 09-21-2021, 07:36 PM   #5
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hows the build going? post some pics will ya? it looks like you dont mess around when it comes to quality!
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:15 PM   #6
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Progress has been slow. I've been planning the window reseal and had to cut out the front shuttle doors as they were rusted to the point I could not get them out if one shattered. Picked up some maxx air vents and a few more things but window resealing is going to take some time
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:50 PM   #7
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Looks good keep it up.
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Old 09-26-2021, 07:16 PM   #8
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Finally ,made some more progress today and got 3 windows sealed on the pass side. Moved the emergency windows around to fit the build plan.





I have been following a build on YouTube but my shuttle bus is older and is different so I made some mistakes that cost a few good days of work. After the windows I will work on the roof vents and the rest of the furing strips.
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Got the whole pass side done and the rear. hoping to try to finish the windows this week before I leave for some work.
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Old 09-30-2021, 08:10 PM   #10
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Hit a but of a snag when going over the driver's windows. Turns out two of the up rights were cut out at some point so when taking out the windows the aluminum outside also came with it. It was just bondo in so my plan is to do the same
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