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    Old College Kid (re)builds a Camper/Moto Van-1989 Ford EB SMB Penthouse

    Templating the floor. It'll be a composite of 1/4" plywood, 1/2" foam, and 1/2" plywood. Thicker than I'd planned, but the L-track I'm recessing into is 5/8" deep.
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    Old College Kid (re)builds a Camper/Moto Van-1989 Ford EB SMB Penthouse

    Ordered 200w of solar (HQST) and a 40a charge controller (EP 4215BN) to go with the 110v charger (PD4135) so now I've just got to get them all installed and connected. Oh and batterie$ :| 40a is way too much headroom for the solar charge controller and only 200w of panels but I've got plenty...
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    Sprinter 4WD Conversion Idea, GMT-800 IFS.

    Go look under an Econoline. Only a crossmember is at odds with a solid front axle's differential. The twin i-beam front end needs frame clearance just like a solid axle.
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    Ford E series gas Van tune up and repairs.

    X2 on getting any spark plug issues fixed correctly, not Dorman kits, etc. I keep a good coil in the glovebox. They're not especially prone to failing but I have one and the tools needed to change it on board at all times.
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    Old College Kid (re)builds a Camper/Moto Van-1989 Ford EB SMB Penthouse

    Found a leaky gutter so I ordered Eastwood Rust Encapsulator and Seam Sealer to take care of that. Gonna try a heat gun and plastic scrapers to remove the old sealer. I'll apply masking tape to the body along the gutter to protect the existing paint, then put gorilla tape over that to fend off...
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    Old College Kid (re)builds a Camper/Moto Van-1989 Ford EB SMB Penthouse

    Started sorting out a wall leak. Pulled the panelling, the insulation, and the window, cleaned the old silicone off the wall with plastic scrapers and a scotch-brite sponge, scuffed, primed, painted the scratches Sportsmobile left behind, and reinstalled the window in a thick bed of butyl with...
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    Sprinter 4WD Conversion Idea, GMT-800 IFS.

    Yeah 1500 MC + one ton brakes doesn't add up. Seriously doubt a half-ton has the same diameter MC as the 2500.
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    Sprinter 4WD Conversion Idea, GMT-800 IFS.

    All the parts stores rent them. Try theirs and if it works, keep it.
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    Sprinter 4WD Conversion Idea, GMT-800 IFS.

    I hear a lot about using a mechanical shifter for reliability. I have a strong background in Fords, starting with Rangers in high school, and every one has had a 4x4 button and none have ever failed to shift. I think the notion of electric shifting as unreliable is Chevy's fault for using those...
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    Oil pressure gauge conversion from ‘idiot guage’ E350

    No, I am not aware of the threads of even the fittings and sender I have used, much less those I have not. I found the sender by reading of the modification in a forum specific to the vehicle (Ford Ranger) rather than its purpose (basic transportation). I suggest you attempt the same (7.3 PSD...
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    Oil pressure gauge conversion from ‘idiot guage’ E350

    I would bypass the resistor (just solder in a 18 awg wire) and use the sender. I've done it and it works. You can use a temporary mechanical oil pressure gauge to develop a known "scale" for your stock guage. In my 4.0 Ranger with the above mods, N was 20, O was 25, R was 30, M 35, A 40, L 45...
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    Propane canister mount to outside of rear door?

    Well he's an idiot. Go check a 5 gallon plastic bucket for static electricity. Then google static fire.
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    Sprinter 4WD Conversion Idea, GMT-800 IFS.

    I would want a single piece. If the joint ever let go you're up a creek. Vans have really long dipsticks. Might find one at the junkyard you could repurpose after shortening a bit. I've made a dipstick out of speedometer cable. They're just a long piece of metal, and again, if 2 made into 1 ever...
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    Sprinter 4WD Conversion Idea, GMT-800 IFS.

    Driveshafts under rigs with IRS usually survive the forklift. Think the aluminum one under my half ton dodge was from a v8 ford explorer. 2004ish i think
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    Combo Water Boiler/Furnace Heater Now Here in N. America

    I didn't say "solely" or even imply singularity of causation. I said when EPA standards change, new engines get designed to meet them. Operative term there is when.
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