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Old 02-11-2021, 09:37 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 02-19-2021, 01:27 PM   #2
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I wish you better help than this but I have never purchased a vehicle with an engine that had that many miles on it that i did not include rebuilding the engine (and or tranny) as part of my initial plan. As for price, $2000 to do a rebuild yourself or $5000 or more for someone to swap in a rebuilt engine.
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Old 02-19-2021, 02:24 PM   #3
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I drove a 96 P71 Interceptor to the junkyard with no brakes at 357k and the only time the engine had been disturbed was for the infamous intake manifold failure. Not even timing chains were touched. The car ran perfectly. What sent it to the junkyard was severe rust in the frame and brake lines. Its 4.6 Windsor is essentially a shorter-stroke 5.4L.

So trust me when I say 200k on a 5.4 is nothing, these modular V-8 engines have routinely gone 400-700k in commercial settings, with many as NYC taxicabs, running 24 hours a day. My opinion is that the price is high, but a good engine flush, fresh trans and perhaps timing chains should keep that sucker going another 15-20 years at least under normal non-commercial use. This is one engine that laughs at mileage AND hours. The transmissions are more of a concern than the engines.
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Old 02-19-2021, 03:10 PM   #4
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2013 is a 3v 5.4. We have done more long blocks on those than any other engine ever. 11 last year. Some of them run forever many sludge due to the egr and pcv design along with long oil change intervals advertised with synthetic oils. That sludge clogs the oil passage to the cam phasers which is too small. Owners do 2-3 sets of cam phasers thinking that they are the problem in fact it is a lubrication issue and we end up ditching the long block.that and timing chain tensioners and guides can become a nightmare. For some reason the 6.8 suffers less but the potential is there.
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