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Old 02-12-2013, 12:26 PM   #5971
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I do not need another vehicle, I do not need another vehicle........................

http://portland.craigslist.org/nco/cto/3605568941.html
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:43 PM   #5972
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Dude, that's cheap! That's how much I have in on my VW Vanagon wheels and disk brakes... GET IT!
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:59 PM   #5973
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While I was searching for a van on Kijjiji, I always noticed at the top of the page advertisements for 4 wheel drive conversions. You may want to look there for another option.

Found a link

http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ440111275


I tried to search on Kijiji, but it's highly individualised, no luck...

thanks, will contact them- Quigley is not my first choice, but who knows...

edit- found these guys, Offroad Outfitters... 3 companies thus far

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:44 PM   #5974
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I tried to search on Kijiji, but it's highly individualised, no luck...

thanks, will contact them- Quigley is not my first choice, but who knows...

edit- found these guys, Offroad Outfitters... 3 companies thus far

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I don't know exactly where you are but a place like Modern Motors in Calgary would probably be happy to take you money on a 4X4 conversion.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:15 PM   #5975
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I don't know exactly where you are but a place like Modern Motors in Calgary would probably be happy to take you money on a 4X4 conversion.
Thanks for the info- I am going to Calgary this Friday


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Old 02-12-2013, 02:47 PM   #5976
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My humble little '06 E250. Love the Fords, this is the 4th I've had in 15yrs.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:13 PM   #5977
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:32 PM   #5978
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You do know the above picture is a Nissan, right

And don't worry, what's few more months to the 18 or so years for your E150... I wonder if the delay has something to do with the diesel version...

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No picture on my computer -most get omitted here. I was commenting on the words only.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:30 PM   #5979
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My humble little '06 E250. Love the Fords, this is the 4th I've had in 15yrs.

What bumper guard do you have on there? That is one sharp looking rig!
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:53 AM   #5980
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What bumper guard do you have on there? That is one sharp looking rig!
Craigslist find, made for a Silverado pickup, $100. I welded some brackets for it to fit my Ford bumper, painted them the bumper color, bolted up to it and wired the lights.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:58 AM   #5981
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What about the Go Rhino guard? Anyone using these on their van?

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Old 02-13-2013, 12:13 PM   #5982
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Wish that fit the earlier Econolines. Wonder why it doesn't, what changed in 03?
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:07 PM   #5983
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I am concerned how well the Promaster is going to stand up to working in the American market. In the trades I have worked in (electrican and concrete work), the Express vans have been able to take anything thrown at them with beefy v8s and massive stacks of leaf springs, be it loading the back with thousands of lbs worth of equipment and tools or towing heavy loads. The engine options for the Transit seem to be up to the task, and for heavy work I trust RWD more than FWD.
I too would be concerned about the actual durability of front wheel drive transaxles. I know service life and repair costs would be the first factor in a lot of commercial customers' buying decisions. Also, does anyone make a transaxle that has a REAL "posi-traction" or a "locker" option and not just the b.s. "traction control" (if a wheel spins, it gets the brake applied to it)?
[BTW, Transaxle Trivia; Did you know that Traction Control was developed to protect the transaxle from possible damage, NOT to aid in low traction situations? The quickest way to explain it is that (at least in the standard transaxles) if one tire is spinning at a high speed and then suddenly gains traction and comes to a very abrupt stop, Bad Things can happen inside. Maybe a real tranny guy (no, not THAT kinda "tranny" ) can explain it better.]



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Plus the Promaster doesn't use a doghouse configuration to get to the engine from the cab side, so I am curious how the heck someone is supposed to work on that mess of engine and drivetrain.
Possibly like some other front- and rear-drive engine/transaxle combinations. You unbolt the entire unit or subframe and lift the body off. Sounds bad, but probably better than trying to service the rearmost components of a late-model Ford PSD pickup. Trouble w/ the turbo oil lines? You have to lift off the whole cab! An 8-10 hour labor bill on top of the cost of the actual repair.


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I would say until GM reveals its next-gen van, the leaders in the commercial market will be the Transit and the Nissan NV.
If I ran GM, the next generation van would be just a refinement of the existing platform. Give the customer a lower entry-level price point, a durable drivetrain AND body (heavy-gauge and rust-resistant), and easy access for the simple maintenance items, and many customers will gladly pay a little higher fuel bill.

Many of my customers have in-house mechanics. Good wrenches, but without a lot of the resources the dealer has in-house. They HATE it when their mechanic tells them "I can't do THAT here." or "it's only got xx,xxx miles and the xxxxxxxx is shot". So Keep It Simple, Stupid, and you will OWN a large portion of the market. Specifically the "low-miles-per-year but high-abuse" and the "If it ain't runnin' I ain't in business" crowd, like my customers.

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #5984
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I too would be concerned about the actual durability of front wheel drive transaxles. I know service life and repair costs would be the first factor in a lot of commercial customers' buying decisions.
JMHO
Didn't have one, but back in Europe had a friend and neighbour who had a produce warehouse, and a 'fleet' of 3 Ducatos and 2 Ivecos- duallies. I know he had few issues with engines/front end work/etc, one transmission if my memory doesn't fail me, but never heard him of having problems with that- and these were vans driven by employees who cared more or less about how to shift or burnouts and such.

I'd say that given that there are more than couple millions Ducatos made, if there was a problem, it would've been addressed one way or another.


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Old 02-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #5985
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So Keep It Simple, Stupid, and you will OWN a large portion of the market.
I agree, but they don’t seem to build any of these things simple anymore.
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