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Old 03-13-2013, 02:08 AM   #11
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Re: Landbulance Build Thread, ( 2001 E350 ambulance )

Wow glad you didn't buy my van :grin: I dont blame you I did not want coils either I almost bought an ambo but I had a hard enough time convincing my wife to ride in a E350 lol she said HELL NO to the ambo :-o

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Old 03-19-2013, 01:58 PM   #12
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If it's no issue I'll copy my post from another forum

Had a bit of free time today to spend on ambo#1, finding a small leak that was obviously neglected by the previous owner and fixing the resulting surface rust on the front floor. Came out very nice!

Took the old rubber matting out, scraped and discarded the old sound dampener that had seen better and drier days but not before using it as a template for the closed cell foam mat that I'm using instead. I finished the cleaning with some 80 grit sanding so the contact cement wouldn't argue with me... The news paper in between the two pieces is the buffer that prevents the two surfaces glueing to each others until they are where you want them to be. Contact glue doesn't forgive much! (The foam is from HD and doesn't absorb water)

I used a wire wheel on the grinder to clean the floor of the surface rust or loose paint, cleaned it real good and gave it a generous coat of Por-15. Before re-installing the rubber mat I'll put a layer of FatMax on the floor to help with that loud 7.3

As for the leak, it came from the roof. Took me long enough to find it as it was very small but once i finally found it I gave the entire roof a good clean up and used a high quality marine sealer to cover all the joints. We've had some powerful rain since and I'm happy it's now bone dry inside

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Old 04-03-2013, 12:56 AM   #13
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Slow progress, I'm blaming my two kids for taking me camping for a week on the WA Peninsula

But I managed to finish the floor, clean and re-install the newly insulated rubber mat, new serpentine belt... New brakes all around, newer tires and up she goes for sale! Then I finally get to start on my keeper (remember, this one was just a practice run)



Still need to decide which front grill to keep, stock one (like on blacky) or the white one with the molded horns which I'd love to hook back up! Once I'd paint the grill black I'm sure they'd blend in... Thoughts?









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Old 04-03-2013, 07:32 AM   #14
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Very cool project thread. Keep em coming.

I like the grill with horns.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #15
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Re: Landbulance Build Thread, ( 2001 E350 ambulance )

Does the grille with the horns give enough airflow for effective cooling? Seems like a good bit less louver area.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #16
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Leave the grill and the horns. In fact leave them functional with the on board air. At the very least it will be entertaining.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #17
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Leave the grill and the horns. In fact leave them functional with the on board air. At the very least it will be entertaining.
I assume those are twin electric 100 watt drivers for a siren. You can get an electronic air horn but need to check the legality - a big no no in some states.

You may want to consider air flow as mentioned before. There were issues with those grilles, at least on the street idling. Maybe the same four-wheeling?
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:00 PM   #18
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Never thought about airflow, I'm sure I can hide those siren and still have them very effective. Thx!

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When you first posted you wanted to keep the grill with horns I thought you were going for the Texas longhorn look.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:08 PM   #20
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Re: Landbulance Build Thread, ( 2001 E350 ambulance )

I see you are up in Vancouver Area.

I am in Blaine and Bellingham quite a bit myself with frequent trips up to Vancouver.

You are in good hands with Chris at Ujoint as I am sure you know.

Chris has my Van now and doing a Cummins conversion when my 7.3 died.

Getting a full conversion to boot.

keep the pics going
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