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Ron Dittmer

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    • My 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser
  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: N/E Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1380 on: April 18, 2024, 08:30:27 am »
Your decals are in excellent condition for 21 years.  Nice find!  That tells me it has been stored out of exposure to sunlight. Your roof should be like new as well.
The headlights are translucent and yellow'd, the front bumper is badly faded, so I think there has been significant exposure to the sun.  Yet even so, no worries.  Everything can be addressed by a determined owner, without breaking their bank or back.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2024, 08:34:14 am by Ron Dittmer »
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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: Used
  • PurchDate: November 2015
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2003
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Hickory/ Beige
  • ExtColor: Custom Ford colors- dark shadow grey & blue jeans metallic
  • Location: SoCal
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1381 on: April 18, 2024, 10:12:07 pm »
Your decals are in excellent condition for 21 years.  Nice find!  That tells me it has been stored out of exposure to sunlight. Your roof should be like new as well.
The headlights are translucent and yellow'd, the front bumper is badly faded, so I think there has been significant exposure to the sun.  Yet even so, no worries.  Everything can be addressed by a determined owner, without breaking their bank or back.

Ford Econoline restoration and repair parts are readily available and relatively inexpensive. I would bet far less painless than getting parts for the Newmar Dutch Star too. My replacement bumper cover came from Ford, but the new headlights came from Taiwan via Advance Auto Parts.
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Reproduction decals are available,
but not from Phoenix. There’s several threads here on that topic.
If the microwave bezel is cracking (shoutout to Ron D  for that thread) you can only repair and refurbish it, because Carol found me the last one!

The 2003 V10 was the last year with a mechanical throttle body and  cable instead of an electronic throttle body. Before you get stuck somewhere with the mystery no upshift problem, I strongly suggest  proactively inspecting or replacing the short molded vacuum hose on the idle air control valve , located next to the  throttle position sensor at the back of the engine  When you remove the dog house engine cover it will be directly in front of you.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2024, 03:57:26 pm by CalCruiser »
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Ron Dittmer

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  • 5535
  • Ron and Irene
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    • My 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser
  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: N/E Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1382 on: April 19, 2024, 09:21:24 am »
The faded gray front bumper cover can be easily restored using the product called Wipe-New.  It is extremely easy to apply, offering fantastic results.

The headlights can be easily restored using a medium grit polishing compond and a buffing wheel.  I do it all the time on vehicles I work on at an auto charity.  It offers very fast results.  Use the same buffer and compound on the rest of the chassis and PC house to bring back any lost luster.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2024, 09:25:46 am by Ron Dittmer »
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