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Old 07-08-2011, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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e450 class c motorhome 4x4 conversion and lift

Hello everyone! Long time lurker here, lots of great info and people that I have seen so far!

Time to post my first question! I have a 2005 29' class C motorhome on a 2004 e450 chassis. It has the 6.0 powerstroke. I was told by chris at ujoint offroad the transfer case (NV271) should bolt right up to the tranny as long as it is the same spline count. I went out today with the intentions of removing the ebrake unit and counting the splines. After looking at what I was getting in to, it appears that if I pull the assembly I will lose the tranny fluid, is this true?

Does anyone know this particular configuration and what the spline count is? That way I can try and get a NV271 that will mate up without changing the input.

Thanks for your input here, I know this is a pretty rare and unique project and I hope to get most of my bases covered before I tear in to it next week!
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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After doing lots more research I found and confirmed that my tranny has a 34 spline output and of course I need the 34 spline input! I found a transfer case today and picked it up! Plan is to start the conversion in a couple days and have it done by next week. The parts are starting to take over my garage!
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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post some pictures of your install.. is yours the motor home on chris's web site?
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Cool! I have a e450 motorhome and the thought of a 4x4 has crossed my mind! (But time and $$ have pushed that to the bottom of my long project list). Adding an intercooler is much higher on my list!
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Motorhome build is done....pics are on Chris' site:
4x4 van conversion testimonials

Here's some build pics also.

To answer my own question, it did not spill tranny fluid and it was a 34 spline.

This thing is awesome, awesome to drive. Handles great and goes anywhere (anywhere a 30 foot RV can fit anyway!) I have had it out on lots of trips, probably going on 10 now (yeah I use my motorhome wayyyyy more than most people), and have had no issues with driveline or engine except for a MOOG ball joint boot splitting open.
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Great Job!

Did you need to change the trans tail?

How did you select the front springs and what did you do out back?

Which axle is that (my brain's on slow right now and I'm not dissecting your pics quick enough!)

Enjoy your new ride!
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very cool.. some place here there are pix of a '77 ford motor home that was converted to an F350 4x4 drive-line w 5 spd zf gearbox and 7.3 ( naturally!) up in Canada..... 4x4 house on wheels.. I like it
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Great Job!

Did you need to change the trans tail?

How did you select the front springs and what did you do out back?

Which axle is that (my brain's on slow right now and I'm not dissecting your pics quick enough!)

Enjoy your new ride!
Didn't need to change the trans tail, just took off parking brake drum and bolted up the t-case.

I weighed the motorhome and had Atlas Spring make the springs, front and back. The back springs were built after the front ride height was determined.

Front axle is a Dana 60 from a Ford Super Duty.

Thanks!
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