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Old 01-20-2012, 17:08   #1 (permalink)
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cool Engine Ideas for 1986 Ford E-350

Hey gang!

So in the saga of B.S. that has culminated in my other threads, I now have my short bus back. So now I need to pull out the busted 351W that's in it and my original idea was to throw another one in there, as my buddy has one i can fix up and fit with the good parts from mine (cracked cylinder on mine, btw.)
Now I am thinking that maybe I should check out some of my other options...my real main concern being fuel economy, as I drive this thing long distances on tour with my band and the money we make at shows goes right into the tank...with 7 passengers and all of the gear (drums, amps, guitars) we were making barely 10 mpg.
What do you guys think?
Should I take this as an opportunity to do some Stan Meyer mod's? hahaha
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Engine Ideas for 1986 Ford E-350

unfortunately the 351W is not a good mileage engine. The fact you get 10MPG in a loaded bus is pretty good. I have the newer 351 injected engine in the 1/2 ton and it barely gets
12 MPG. You could install an R.V. cam but that will not give you fantastic mileage either
but could give you a bit more. I'd be looking for a diesel powered van but with the price of
diesel you could wipe out your gas savings. They get you coming or going. Good luck
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Old 01-24-2012, 13:08   #3 (permalink)
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haha geez they really do, don't they? I guess with that type of weight, it is what it is, huh? good thing about those Windsors is they are lasting beasts (sans a foreign object falling into them!) so maybe i'll just go with what i know. good old-fashioned carbureted block.
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