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Old 01-30-2011, 07:33 PM   #1441
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #1442
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Hey, question for all y'all van nuts: how many of y'all use this van of your'n for a daily driver? I'm only gonna have one vee-hickle...



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Old 01-30-2011, 07:49 PM   #1443
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what my van has been doing...
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:54 AM   #1444
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:50 AM   #1445
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Wasnt that in space balls?
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:55 AM   #1446
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That is fairly tempting to me right now. Can you still get kits to convert the older vans like that to 4x4? I'm only aware of kits for the newer vans.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #1447
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Looks like what I learned to drive in. Ours was a Dodge with more winders.

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:12 AM   #1448
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That is fairly tempting to me right now. Can you still get kits to convert the older vans like that to 4x4? I'm only aware of kits for the newer vans.
yes. but don't do a kit you go thru the junk yard get what you need.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:16 PM   #1449
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Here is my van. If it had 100 more HP it would be perfect. Always wanted to give it a new engine but it's low on the priority list compared to other distractions...



My monkeys sure love it. We've toured a ton of places in this van.


I'm attached to it because it is unique though if I could swap it for a Sprinter with a small garage in the back (like the Lopes 55 SMB) it would be gone quickly. There is just nothing out that is so tiny on the outside (the turning radius is tiny) yet pretty spacious on the inside.

It will haul bikes too. I always enjoy showing up riding or to the races with this thing since most people we pass on the road can't get their heads around a 'hippy van' pulling motorcycles. I have a class III on it too for my single bike carrier as well. Fun stuff

check out TDIclub.com, people have converted these to 2 liter TDI engines, 140 hp and 250 ft lbs torque
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:06 PM   #1450
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That is fairly tempting to me right now. Can you still get kits to convert the older vans like that to 4x4? I'm only aware of kits for the newer vans.
most places say 1992 and newer, I believe.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #1451
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yes. but don't do a kit you go thru the junk yard get what you need.
+1. I've done a junkyard conversion on a Suzuki. Cheap and easy. It took less than a day. I'm familiar enough with 2 and 4wd Fords to say they would be no different.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:58 PM   #1452
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+1. I've done a junkyard conversion on a Suzuki. Cheap and easy. It took less than a day. I'm familiar enough with 2 and 4wd Fords to say they would be no different.
Im pretty sure my 85 E350 4x4 ambulance has a F350 transfer case, front diff, and axles.
Was done many years ago by a company in Colorado for the Park City FD.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:50 PM   #1453
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Yes, all the conversions use F-Series parts. It is NOT just a bolt-in situation though. There are many different ways to do it, some better than others, and there is some custom work involved. My life is busy enough right now without that kind of project. I'd like to avoid even a 'kit' install if at all possible, and just buy one already converted. That restricts the choices a bit though.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:58 PM   #1454
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Yes, all the conversions use F-Series parts. It is NOT just a bolt-in situation though. There are many different ways to do it, some better than others, and there is some custom work involved. My life is busy enough right now without that kind of project. I'd like to avoid even a 'kit' install if at all possible, and just buy one already converted. That restricts the choices a bit though.
Or you can just drop a 2wd van at quigley or quadvan or one of several other companies that does 4x4 conversions and have it done for you. It ain't cheap, but doesn't seem much more expensive than buying an already converted van, which all seem to have a price premium about equal to the cost of conversion, no matter how high the mileage - the exceptions to that that I have seen have all been ambulances.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:34 AM   #1455
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Figured I should contribute to this thread. I recently sold this to clear some debt before getting stuck into my first mortgage and I'm a little bummed about it still. Injected four banger, five speed, power steer, air con, proper part time transfer case (same as similar era Pajero/Montero). It'd sit on 130km/h in fifth all day with camping gear, the KDX and the missus along for the ride. Absolute blast on the sand - it only weighed about 1600kg empty and would go anywhere. I had plans to turn it into a proper camper. Bought it for $1600 unregistered, spent $140 on parts, got it rego'd and sold it 6 months later for $4000, a $1000 profit (rego's damned expensive on these things). It had split rims on it when I bought it - I took the grinder to the guards so I could fit a set of 31x10.5 muddies I had lying around, went awesome in every terrain but had wheel travel measured in inches!

Always wanted one of these, and I'm glad I owned it.











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