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Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
06-26-2014, 11:21 AM
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RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
So then what I plan on using it for is suits it's past lol.

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06-28-2014, 03:17 PM
Post: #12
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
any progress? Usually ripping something apart is the quick and fun part lol... Cant wait to see whats underneath all that. Just curious, whats on the title? Didn't know if it would be labeled as an EMS vehicle of some sort or just a regular passenger vehicle.
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06-28-2014, 04:07 PM
Post: #13
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Started tearing into it today. Nothing much to show though. Not sure about the title. I'll be looking to get it changed to a re though. The sleeper should be enough to take care of that. Hopefully.

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06-29-2014, 01:00 AM
Post: #14
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
So I'm 100% sure that the noise this ambulance is making isn't the butterfly flap on the turbo. I pulled the dog house and checked it. I even pull the exhaust off the turbo enough to see what that flap is doing when the engine was running. That's not the noise. Unfortunately after watching some videos on youtube it seems I'll be pulling another transmission in the near future. I'm 90% sure the flex plate is broken. The noise is coming from the bell housing and it seems the 7.3 is known for junking flex plates. I'll be looking for an upgrade if I can find one.

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06-29-2014, 07:35 AM
Post: #15
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Well that stinks. At least it isn't in the trans itself.

There are billet flexplates for the 7.3 out there, but they are pricey. This trans will be much easier to pull than the Nissan. Any time I do a flexplate at work I dont take the trans all the way out. Unbolt as little as possible and shove it back far enough to fit your hand and a ratchet up in there. 2-3" should be plenty.

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06-29-2014, 07:53 AM
Post: #16
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Blah, with this said, I wouldn't even bother with the auto...

Keep an eye out for a 6 speed off a 7.3, they are extremely popular (unlike manual chevy and dodge), so finding one shouldn't be a big deal. Not sure whats involved adapting them to an auto with the starter placement and all.....it might be just plug and play. that and just throw in the clutch pedal.

If its just a flexplate and no other damage has been done... id compare the flexplate price to a used manual transmission. If the flex is significantly cheaper, then maybe just throw that back in and rock and roll.... Ive just never had good luck with autos... and the diesels thrive on gear to gear....builds a lot more power (Unless you have a GOOD automatic built specifically for diesels)
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06-29-2014, 08:21 AM
Post: #17
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Yuck. That sucks. May be a blessing in disguise, though. The 4R100 was barely adequate behind a gutless 5.4 and never held up too well behind a 7.3.

Swapping in the ZF5 or ZF6 wouldn't be a bad idea. They have one hell of a granny gear! Nice for towing. Just don't try to shift it on a cold morning. The gas versions have lower gearing to let the 5.4 and 6.8 wind up

What about a medium duty truck auto? That engine came in a lot of school buses (T444e international) with decent Allison transmissions.

And since you're going to be checking flex plates, want to check the one on my Cherokee Tongue. I think it's getting chattery.

Are you able to just register it as an e350 and not worry about commercial insurance and sit junk?

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06-29-2014, 10:43 AM
Post: #18
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
ps, everyone I know with a 7.3 and the auto has blown them up..... lol. Doesn't take much.
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06-29-2014, 07:38 PM
Post: #19
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
It would be interesting to hang a clutch pedal in a van. . .

Go for it

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06-29-2014, 08:02 PM
Post: #20
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
I was reading a thread on Pirate of a guy that did a 6BT and manual transmission in an e450

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