We got a screaming deal on this retired ambulance... Much too good to pass up. The pair of chairs are mounted on the door where the stair climbing seat was stored. A scrap of aluminum was Secaflexed where the lens was originally mounted in the light housing.
I've had a few quirky problems:
First it wouldn't crank. Turns out, the stock alternator was draining the battery. The stock 215 amp Mitsubishi was $859 from Ford, but they didn't have stock anywhere in North America. Fortunately one of the local auto electric shops had ordered in a new one six years back, only to have the customer no show... Got a good price on it
Next, all the batteries drained because the alternator wasn't wired to the center terminal of the isolator.
For several months, it would intermittently not crank till I gave a thump on the dash... After months of exploring connections under the dash to no avail... I must of found the loose connection, because it starts every time now.
I've also rebuilt the fuel bowl with Orings from DieselORings.com. Great guy to deal with... Now to find time to install the new OEM glow plugs and "Monster" relay I also got from him. For now, I have to plug in the block heater for 45+ minutes if I want to start it easily without hugh clouds of white smoke and rough running. It's got a 'Sure Start' button which connects all 4 batteries together for rediculous CCAs.
Overall I'd give this a 6/10. Location is good, but it shakes over bumps move than I'd like. When I come back to it I'll add a metal stay going down the plastic dash to stiffen it up. The screws that came with the mount aren't long enough to go through the dash and a reenforcement as well, so they'll need to be replaced.
Sorry about the sideways photos, I'll have to try and fix them once I'm at a computer. I picked up cup holders at a local auto parts store, and a new flair from Crestline. For $5 & $275... you can guess which was cheaper.
Now you tell me... Where were you when I was looking for one 8 months ago? It probably wouldn't have been the right width... They only shipped a few with the narrower width, and my D/S one is one of them.
Awning: You can just barely see the end of it sticking out at the back(top) of the first picture. It's about 4x8' and is self supporting over the rear doors. I plan to narrow it so it's a little bit in from the sides (rather than sticking out).
The fuse is for perspective on it's size. A piece of the odometers drive gear had broken off. I've shifted the gear on the motors drive shaft, and it's working again. If it stops, I know what to order to fix it again.
Anyone fix slop in the drivers outside handle of an E-Series van? It works for now... but at the very end of it's range. If it develops any more slop, it wont open the door anymore. ATM, it releases the latch when the handle is at 85 deg. to the van body.
Put in a "Monster" glow plug relay from DieselORings.com
The strandcor or relay is 4x the size of the OEM unit. I didn't even bother checking the old one, but given it was rusty, had cracks in it, and cracked open when I tried taking it out, I knew it was toast.
I'll add a pic of a fried disc when I've got it near a camera.
She starts instantly when the key is turned... Only a small puff of smoke for a few seconds. No more prolonged cranking
When I have a chance, I'll install new glow plugs, but I'm no longer in a rush.