97 E350 Crestline Ambo Build/Mod

I worked at a casino that had a parking garage with height limit warning at the entrance. Only issue was the height limit was smaller the further up the garage one went due to sagging. Had a few vehicles get stuck higher in the garage that did not hit the warning barrier. What fun that was.
Also had a guy with a 12 inch lifted Expedition try and go into the garage but told him unless he wanted to make it a convertible it was not a good idea.
Better to play it safe and give a couple inches leeway when going under overhangs.
I got waved down and told not to continue forward when my bus was still 2wd n stock height at a motel because the portege got smaller towards the rear yet I fit at the entrance.
 

Bikersmurf

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I figure if I allow at least 6" over what it says on the dash I'm safe... even though it's only really 3". Tighter than that I'm extremely cautious of. If anyone else drove the rig I'd be more worried about updating the height. Usually it's either way too low or I've got lots of space... seldom in between.
 

Bikersmurf

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Glad the brakes are up to snuff... traffic suddenly stopped at 70 mph in the rain on the I5. At first it looked like it was just slowing down a bit and then it stopped dead. :eek:

Last 1/2 a tank on the highway 14.8L/100km. Not bad for a 9500 lb rig... approximately 16.2 mpg (US) :D and not just putting along but instead keeping up with traffic ;)
 
I think my IDI will need a vacuum pump soon, I don't have a very hard pedal but that "grab" from power assisted brakes just doesn't seem to be there any more. Is that what you were experiencing?
 

Bikersmurf

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I think my IDI will need a vacuum pump soon, I don't have a very hard pedal but that "grab" from power assisted brakes just doesn't seem to be there any more. Is that what you were experiencing?
Yes. It’d stop if I put enough force on it, but in comparison there was almost no braking. The only way to know for certain is to put a vacuum gauge on it and see what it shows.

If you pull the check valve out of the booster what happens? Off/running? Could be a leaking booster also
 

Bikersmurf

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If you’re considering changing the oil in your HPOP reservoir... do it. I’ve seen people claim it’s not necessary... pic speaks for itself.

The catch bucket wasn’t super clean before I started. The translucent oil was what came out of the pump from a previous oil change... the tar like oil came out from the reservoir.
 
After rescuing friends stranded out at the ferry last night in the Ambo and having it take me almost everywhere I asked, I called out its reinforcement. The Ambo did extremely well in the snow... the one hill it wouldn't go up was packed snow over black ice... even with V-bar chains it wouldn't make it up the hill. It felt good to have the 40 back on the road. The ambulance is in some ways easier to drive in the snow... but the 40 with BFG A/T tires and 2600 lbs over the rear wheels will go anywhere the ambulance will go without shifting into 4WD.

In 4WD, the 40 is almost unstoppable with 2200 lbs front and 2600 lbs rear, and almost perfect balance side to side... as though it was built that way :D The four wheel disc brakes also make stopping easier.
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