Vans!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hayduke, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  2. FloridaSteve

    FloridaSteve Long timer

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    Need advice from the experts who've "been there" on this partly completed project. From the description how much work would you say is left?

    http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/cto/3076725662.html

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  3. AKjeff

    AKjeff Long timer

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    The ad doesn't say if he has a running engine for the van. It sounds like you'll need to find and install an engine. Then convert the transmission for the transfer case install, get drive shafts made, figure out the steering and hope the exhaust clears the transfer case and new front drive shaft.

    What kind of suspension did he install with the front Dana 60? Along with my above list I'd be wary of this. Will it allow the front axle to move without the tires hitting the body? Will the front axle clear the engine oil pan? Will the front axle and suspension stay attached to the van?
  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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  5. The Other Allan

    The Other Allan Been here awhile

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  6. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    Go to Advance adaptors website & see how much an adapter is for the 4L80 to whatever transfer case he has, the 400 may be cheaper initially, but it'll cost more in the long run. You may need to buy a transmission from a 4 wheel drive GM, some can be adapted as is, others need the 4 wheel drive tail stock & output shaft. You have to make a mount for the Xfer case, the existing transmission mount may be adaptable. As for your steering, it should be a fairly simple cross over setup. After you mount the transfer case, you'll need custom shafts made up. Talk to a driveline specialty shop first. They may be able to modify used shafts for considerably less that new custom made.

    Just noticed the ad, Advrider is having issues at the moment. Rear suspension looks like it'll either need new springs to equal front lift, or you may have to go S.O.A.

    Also make sure rear axle has the same bolt pattern or wheels are gonna be a bitch.
  7. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    Not really :evil If one transitions from a small car to that, it might feel spacious. But you can't go from a van to an Element- my wife says that she feels like calling me in the E350 if she's in the back :D
    She has an Element, without the conversion thingy. I don't want to bash someone elses's idea, but, the Element is fine as it is for sleeping inside. Having the extra space above is not much of a help given that when we camped with ours had a box on top and the inside was empty for sleeping, Now, if Honda made them bigger so you can walk inside, we might include them in this thread :freaky

    PS. one can fit a bike inside, so it's a van...

    Ko
  8. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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  9. Sheep Shagger

    Sheep Shagger Show me your fleece

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    It's worth the salvage parts alone, no more. I won't go into the details of what's got to be done to that vehicle or unfinished projects prices in general. But all the hard / major things have still got to be done to that project, so :-
    You are buying a scrap van (no front suspension or working engine), a used dana 60 axle (no mention on where it came from or condition) and a transfer case that may or may not have the parts to fit the box. At absolute most maybe 1~1.5k.
  10. klinquist

    klinquist übergeek

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    Took the ADV VAN on a 1300 mile road trip (Tour de NorCal) this weekend...

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  11. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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  12. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    i need some ideas to make my Ford E350 into the perfect motovan. :ear
  13. cornercarver

    cornercarver Long timer

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    where were those photos taken, especially the ones with the van right near the water. I want to camp someplace like that with my dogs.
  14. klinquist

    klinquist übergeek

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    Pic #1, that small bridge that crosses the river, is the Eel River right off of Avenue of the Giants. Very close to "Pepperwood,CA" on google maps, there is a dirt path down to the river. There is a rocky road that runs along the river, I think it'd be a great place to camp.

    The last picture was taken in Topaz Lake, NV, right off of Topaz Park Dr, another dirt path that heads down to the river. It'd be less secluded here as there are houses nearby.
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The van took two of us dirt biking yesterday :ricky

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  16. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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  17. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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  18. Bucho

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    Cool, I've never seen that before.
  19. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    is that a diesel?
  20. DirtySantana

    DirtySantana Chopper

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    I suppose geekier things have been done.:thumbup