Vans!

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

  1. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    Is there a reason the box door is on the left side ?
  2. dieselcruiserhead

    dieselcruiserhead Long timer

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    Yeah, unfortunately the PO had windows and an exhaust vent already cut into the side. In order to put the door and windows in a place where I could eliminate these I had to put it on the left. I also opens "suicide" direction aka into the wind. This said I thought it would bug me but it doesn't, and honestly its nice having the door on this side as I use it alot! Way more than my wife is...

    Here's how it was set up when we got it...

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  3. matloik

    matloik kludge

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    Edumacate me on new shocks for my 2001 E350 with 65K miles on it. It feels a little soft, with a little more roll in the corners. I prefer a stiffer ride. I'd read that some have been disappointed in their shock choice as the normal ride actually got softer.

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  4. KenR

    KenR Long timer

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    Well I can tell you what NOT to use. I ordered a set of Pro Comp ES1000 shocks for my E350 with 185,000 miles on it. I knew better - these were cheap shocks and they suck. They're really no better than the OEM's they replaced and may actually be a little worse.

    I'm waiting for UPS to deliver the Bilsteins I should've bought the first time. I've had good experience with the brand in other applications so I hope these will be the ticket.

    Here are the Bilstein part numbers I ordered:

    33-187563
    33-176840 (don't remember which are front or rear)

    I'm also adding a steering stabilizer (24-174534 plus brackets from Ford) as I've read that makes a big difference as well.
  5. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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  6. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    I don't know if you can get them for your rig but Old Man Emu shocks have a sweet ride. I put a set on my old Nissan Pathfinder and it was fantastic both on the pavement and off. It was really good on washboarded gravel roads. Oh yeah!! :D
  7. heineken

    heineken Adventurer

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    Here I am, about to get rid of my motorcycle hauling van, and I stumble on this thread. Thanks, thanks a lot. :baldy

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    Now I'm jones-ing for a 68-72 Econoline panel to slam. And a Quigley/Sportsmobile as well. Yeesh.
  8. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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  9. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Hard to go wrong with Bilstein. Ever.

    Kinda like Michelin tires, ever heard anybody say NOT to buy them?
  10. heineken

    heineken Adventurer

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    Sigh, I've been subscribed to that thread for some time now, there was a link to that forum a few hundred pages back and I spent a good day and a half cruising it. The only ones that pop up in the midwest are either high-top or thrashed. I'll probably have to do a lot of driving to find a decent quality panel.
  11. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    We are shopping around for a camper van. There are two possibles I have found that I am looking into. Both are mid-80s vintage one ton vans with a Falcon conversion and both have mid-80k miles and are about the same price. One is a Dodge with a 360 engine, the other is a Ford with a 460 engine. There is also a mid-90s Chevy Roadtrek with a 5.7 EFI but it is more expensive and has over 200k miles so that is probably out of consideration. As far as the basic one ton van platforms with those engines, which would be preferable?
  12. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    The Ford is as simple as a rock and will burn the most fuel. Brutal simplicity that can go forever.
    Not a huge fan of the old Dodges, few left on the road today.
    If the chevy is in good shape I wouldn't worry about the mileage too much. Modern EFI engines will last a very long time.
  13. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    Will the suicide door be water tight when driving in the rain ?
  14. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Duke: check out the portals this guy put in his back doors above the windows

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  15. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Gun ports!:D

    Reminds me, I saw a "Guardia" (they're like Brinks) armored Sprinter the other day. Can't wait for those to start popping up on the Used market.:evil:lol3

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  16. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Got my van metered in Iowa.

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  17. dieselcruiserhead

    dieselcruiserhead Long timer

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    Definitely, already proven and is doing just fine, luckily!
  18. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Apparently you haven’t been there very long. Something will come up. Why not post a wanted ad there?
    You are about in the center of the ‘lesser 48’ states so may not be that bad of a ride, load bike, & drive . Just gotta be sure that you can get the bike thru the 47.4” high rear door opening. About 53.5” from floor to ceiling once inside.
    Two year old Kansas City CL ad. Sounded pretty good & a pop-top would be nice.
    Throw out all or most of the camper crap, load bikes, go. :D
    http://econolines.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=3445&view=findpost&p=37014
  19. heineken

    heineken Adventurer

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    Eh, only a couple of months. I'm most interested in a non-camper, non-high top version. If I post a want ad, that transitions me into the active looking stage, at the moment I'm in good graces with the wife, so if one just happens to pop up that's right I can say it's just too good to be true and buy it. I don't think she'd be happy with an active search for one, especially while I still have the G20.

    If any of that makes any sense. :lol3
  20. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Yeah, I wouldn’t want a high top or camper version either. I do have a high top camper E300 that I got for free just for parts. Drove it home. Has an ‘84 engine & runs fine, needs brake work. I’ll never drive it though.
    I like the E200 models over the 100s with their tiny brakes or 300s with 8 lug 16.5” wheels.
    You had one of these vans before?
    Hey, you don’t have to tell your wife! :nono :augie
    I could just post a wanted ad over there for ya. :evil