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post #1 of 22 Old 06-27-2010, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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ambulance 6.7 or gas engine

i maintain about 16 ambulances most have 6.0 and have lots of problems,about haft the running time is idloing.we been getting about 150000 then replacing the engines do to metal from cam/lifters,we looked at the new 6.7 can't fit it in the E'S SHOULD WE GO WITH A GAS ENGINE.with all the idloing time we have.
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can you go back to the 7.3s? far as i know, i was told that there isnt a way to stick a 6.7/6.4 in the E series. would be BA if they did.

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i have a 5.4 in my truck and leave it idling all day while i'm out working.. it has a idle up feature were it idles to just a shade under 1000 rpm or at it in order to keep cool.. in the heat of the day with a/c running wide open the temp gauge never moves.. idk about long term effects but i hope this in some way helps

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Nothing wrong with a gasser, the days of not being able to idle over extended periods of time are pretty much gone. Just think of all the hundreds of thousands of cop cars, the 4.6L Crown Victories. Them things idle all day and get the snot beat out of them, not to mention most of the cops know nothing about cars and are very neglectful to them, they just run em till they don't run no more. Then after they are done with cop business they go on to be a Taxi Cab where they idle all day as well.

I don't see why it would hurt a gas engine to idle all day. As long as its at normal operating temperatures, there is essentially no difference between highway driving and idling, you just trade off miles for engine idle hours.


On the other hand, why can't you just order a bunch of Regular cab long bed trucks, then take the bed off them and put the ambulance box on back? Its done all the time with service trucks. I also see a ton of box trucks with the truck super duty front end, its a regualr cab though (seen crew cabs before) Is there a reason why you need the van?

IMO I'd stay with diesel. There's other things to worry about besides idle time. While gassers are pretty tough now-a-days they still won't replace a diesel.
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That's dumb that they can't fit the 6.4 or the 6.7 in the E-series. Who makes your ambulances? Wheeled Coached? If its feasible I would start trading in for type ones they will have the newer diesels for sure since its the truck chassis. My dad used to be in the ambulance business and he always favored those. I saw a type 3 the other day and it was a chevy with the Duramax and it looked like a pretty sweet rig maybe go that route. And legally you can't swap out for 7.3. Unless they are all 2003 models since that model year had both engines otherwise your S.O.L. stuck with 6 liter.

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On the other hand, why can't you just order a bunch of Regular cab long bed trucks, then take the bed off them and put the ambulance box on back?

Has to have the Ambulance prep package from Ford.

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the E's have an opening in the middle of the seat to get in the box quicker.that would have to be a gasser.the reg cab we can get with the 6.7 but will have to go out the cab and in the box from the outside, the emt's don't know if they like that.are truck all have the bigger box on them and are about 14000 POUNDS.WOULD A GASSER PULL IT.yes no maybe??
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The reg cab truck could be modified to accommodate moving from the cab to the box without going outside...

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Sure the Ford V-10 would do a fine job of pulling those big boxes around, their in a lot of big motorhomes.
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