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Old 08-27-2021, 12:40 PM   #1
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Rodents will be rodents.

1999 Coachman Mirada/F53. Hasn’t been started in a decade, and starting to find rodent damage. Pictures are taken from above tranny, looking forward. Need to identify where these should go. (Ignore the red/white wires in first pic; I can see where they need to be.). Assuming photos load…

1) Blue connection at rear of manifold, just to right of center (if looking forward). Has a heavy, rather stiff, insulation on it. Chewed end seems to have been below manifold, above block, running forward.

2) front of block, left side (again, looking forward): yellow/green and grey/red.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-27-2021, 06:06 PM   #2
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Ford puts same eng and trans in f53 as their pickups.. sorry to break it to you.. your f53 is just a f250 with big frame on it.. so do yourself a favor and go to nearest auto parts store and grab a book for 1999 ford f250 or f350.. there you will find wiring diagrams.. and great info.. if it has not been running.. you are going to need a good repair book.. good luck and let us know what you did and maybe better members then me will help you
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Old 08-27-2021, 07:01 PM   #3
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Good to know.

When I ran the VIN, it told me it was a F350-so that makes sense. This actually belonged to a friend/coworker who passed away a few months ago, leaving it to me, and parked in the middle of the park I work at. Literally driven in in 2000 with a full tank of gas and never started again. Obviously I’ve dealt with the tank/fuel pump/lines and injectors, and have been lucky enough to get it to start and move under its own power. Now the fun part, and so far these are the only wires I’ve found that have been damaged. Thanks for the info, it’ll help.
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Old 08-28-2021, 05:19 AM   #4
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If you plan to actually drive it much at all, I would also suggest changing all fluids, oil, ps, brake, coolant, rear end, And all rubber parts you can get to, tires, belts, all coolant and vacuum hoses, etc. and lots of lubing of seals, locks, slides if any, lots of neat stuff to do. good luck, sounds like a neat project well worth while.

Wish you were closer I would lend a hand if needed.
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:45 AM   #5
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That’s the plan. Needed to get her started, while spending as little as possible, before pouring money into her. As soon as I got her cranked off, let it run for less than 5 minutes, checking brakes, power steering, transmission, etc., then shut her down. Fluids look good (nothing milky or burnt smelling), tires completely UV rotted. (7,000 miles on them, but they’re original from 1999). Fortunately, it’s only 6 miles between the RV park she’s in, to our ‘long-term’ storage where my main workspace is. (And it’s a 35mph road!). Basically, she’s becoming my winter project.
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Old 08-29-2021, 08:18 AM   #6
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Fluids look good (nothing milky or burnt smelling)
Those fluids are NOT good. Looking at them tells you nothing. You'd be doing yourself a BIG favor in changing them all out. And I mean ALL OF THEM.
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