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Old 05-05-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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2003 7.3 RB E350

I spent almost an entire year trying to find a 7.3L RB with barn doors before I picked this up in February 2013. Had 175k on it, spent $3500 to get it. Ran great, steering was snug and straight, got 22mpg's on the way home completely empty. I was very happy and lucky the first one I found was in good shape because desperation was starting to sink in.

Between amazon, craigslist, discountvan, and the junkyard it's coming along nicely. I just added the ARB awning, and found a good bike hitch. For the first trip of this year with it I went down to the Oregon Trail Rally and did some camping/spectating. It did just fine up some of those big hills in Dufur and even better on some of the steep muddy hills in the forest. Still 2WD, but grabbers and a trakloc have served me quite well thus far. Ended up getting 19mpg round trip.

Weather was nice on Friday and I finally got a shot I felt was worthy enough to post here. So here she is with Mount Adams.

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Old 05-08-2014, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: 2003 7.3 RB E350

Very nice, good 7.3's are getting tough to find!
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Old 05-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #4
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Nice rig my "VAN" brother!! Congrats
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2003 7.3 RB E350

Yahoo!....nice find...120K on ours, just gettin broken in! Although our 2 month Alaska trip will be adding a few more miles!
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:27 PM   #6
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Converted to composite style headlights, looks much better in my opinion, and much better visibility at night. After I gathered everything I thought I needed at the yard I found out they changed the inner brackets in 2003, which cost me $30 for the pair as they could not be found at the yard, but it was worth it.



Oh yeah, did a little bit of fishing too.

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Old 07-22-2014, 04:20 AM   #7
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Not much of a fisherman but that's a nice looking beginning of some good eatin' !

Did you by any chance do a write up on swapping the composite H/L's? That's a topic discussed on FTE that might be worthy of sharing.

Is the visibility really that much better than seal beams?
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:47 AM   #8
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I probably should have but there were a couple threads already here about it that pointed me in the right direction, the inner bracket change is the only thing that threw me off a bit. For future reference the part # is F8UZ13N020BA. For a second I thought I may have had to swap the entire backing plate, but it is not necessary. I also bought brand new headlights with bulbs from amazon for $35, in which I had to trim 2 of the plastic adjuster/mounting tabs so they seated against the backing plate properly, which I kind of assumed was just because they were not genuine ford lights, but maybe its because that backing plate is a bit different than the 98 I pulled the brackets off at the yard, either way it was quick fix just had to file it down a bit. I didn't go into detail to compare the two types, but I felt these lights give me a broader range.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:35 PM   #9
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Got a few new items for the van but have not had the time to install them. However I did get to take a trip and knock off a spot that has been on the top of my list for a few years now. I thought it was going to be rather crowded but we ended up seeing more deer than people. No one else out on the lake all weekend, just a couple camps up top. I imagine later in the year it gets pretty packed though.



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Nice fisheye! Looks like a great camping spot along the lake/river. Where is this picture taken? Are you in Oregon or Washington?

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