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Old 10-20-2021, 05:46 PM   #1
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Thoughts on a 1990 Mallard Sprinter Econoline350 - how hard is it to find parts?

I am looking at a 1990 Mallard Sprinter and it has a few minor issues that I believe are in my wheel house to futz with, except for the Gear housing on the steering, i can see where the connection is messed up and needs replacing - also i saw that they are notorious for drifting and lots of play. I am having a hard time finding a decent diagram and parts info/availability. Ideally if i decide to go with this MH I would like to switch out the steering so that i could have more adjustability to it (I am short and have a bit of fluff to the middle) telescoping steering wheels are very nice and I would like to make it more stable (also saw a fix of using a brace from an ambulance model that significantly improved the stability). The vin lists this as a 1989 Ford Cut away Van e350 138"wb mfg code e37, it is a V8 7.5l 460 - any other issues i should be aware with this engine, tran, body, etc?
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Chassis/engine parts are likely available from Ford or aftermarket. RV parts will be a real problem.
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We had one with that engine. Exhaust manifold bolts stripped out the threads in the heads. Turns out heads are very expensive and hard to find.
Also, the tranny is not very robust. Ours ended up being rebuilt 3 times (twice under warranty. We paid for the first)
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I thought that design changed in 89 and that it was the 88 and older model engines that had the manifold issue?
(I tried to figure out how to add a picture of the steering area in question that i believe needs to be replaced, but i am tech challenged and just couldn't figure out how to do it, even with the FAQ page...lol - I would like to figure out if i can find the part and how hard it would be to replace it)
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The Ford 460 is a well proven engine.
Heads are easy to find and cheap along with just about any other chassis and drive line parts.

https://www.car-part.com/

If yours has a C6 trans, that is another proven beast.
The AODs are a good tranny too, any problems are usually from abuse.

Steering gears aplenty.
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BTW - manifold bolts are a problem with every engine manufacturer.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:54 PM   #6
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The Mallard sold - now looking at a 76 Chevy tioga

started a new thread since the Mallard sold - i was holding off on it because i was nervous about some steering issues i saw... The 76 actually looks pretty promising, going to look at it Sunday.
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