Pvangels Motovan Build

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by pvangel, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    Most of you have read my trailer build (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=816355) which I am selling and switching to a van, my son is leaving for college so our racing will be cut back quite a bit but still want something to be able to use when we can go.

    After searching for awhile I found a 05 E-250 with 78,000 miles on it from original owner and very clean.
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    Really wanted an extended van but this was in great shape and the right price so will make do.

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    Van was a passenger to start I guess because it had a headliner in it, also has electric windows and locks, cruise control, cloth seats.

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    Inside had all Adrian steel shelves and divider which I am taking out and will sell (no idea what these are worth but PO said he spent over a grand installed)

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  2. pvangel

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    I removed shelves/divider and headliner so I can start to measure and make a plan.

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    Plan is to make,

    • raised roof, possibly retracting and am working on the details of that but want to be able to stand in back
    • Lights
    • Vents
    • Awning, I have a really cool idea for a HUGE awning.
    • Water tank
    • Hot shower (ecotemp)
    • Storage, I have about 13.5 cu ft in trailer for gear so will try and have at least that much in van.
    • Tool/parts storage
    • Fold out beds, I have a great plan for these.
    • Auxiliary battery
    • Generator storage
    • Gas can storage outside.
    • Wheels and tires so it doesn't look like a stalker van.
    That's the preliminary list and I am sure it will grow, need to start measuring now!
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  3. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Does look to be in really good shape. I especially like the portholes!

    Must have bee a custom order to have the headliner? What engine?
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  4. pvangel

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    It has the 5.4 L V-8
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  5. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    I have an 06 E350 ext with the 5.4. I can get almost 16mpg on the highway. Also pulls our #4000 trailer (with bikes in the back of the van) no problem. It seats 5 and can fit 3 bikes in the back easy! Love it, and I can't wait to see your build.

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  6. AerialCameras

    AerialCameras Awkward Boner

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    I see it's already equipped with a parkway window. That little work around cracks me up.

    Look forward to seeing what you do. My wife has a worn out 150 for her shop that I've thought about doing up as a hippy camper.
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  7. pvangel

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    My shop drawings to be sent to the CAD department for engineering, going to try and make the roof in 2 pieces with the outer one raised by gas springs. Interior height will be 5'6" closed and 6'6" open which would be cool. Otherwise I just make one solid 18" roof for a 6' interior height.


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  8. pvangel

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    I want to do something like this for an awning, working on details of how to build it with no posts to ground like this.

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  9. pvangel

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    Awning sketches version 1.0 for engineering review,

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  10. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Put the turtle top on it so 2 can sleep above the driver and passenger.....
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  11. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    I wonder how much Sportsmobile would charge for one of their tops that pop up. They are very nice, similar to a vw Westfailia.
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  12. pvangel

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    Turtle tops are like 2 grand after shipping and then you still have to install it, I am hoping to do it for less than half that much and have it look cool :D
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  13. pvangel

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    I think they are about how much I paid for the van? And this is more fun doing it myself
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  14. Road Program

    Road Program Been here awhile

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    Can't wait to see how this turns out. I hope to add a motovan van to the "fleet" in the next year or so.
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    BigEasy Fish Eyed Heathen

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    I guess I'm first to say SUBSCRIBED! :lurk

    After the trailer build this should be neat, good luck:freaky
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  16. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I'll be first to call DIBS when he's ready to sell. :D
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  17. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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    About $6500.
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    Yep, a little less than I paid for the van. ROI just ain't there :D

    I did a quick mock up of different height roofs and seems like anything more than 12" and it will look like a handicap van so really want to do a 2 section rising roof. My brother is an engineer and quite good at CAD so is drawing something up for me, can't wait to sawzall the roof off!
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  19. dhally

    dhally Hammerhead Supporter

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    Check out colorado camper vans for ideas for retracting roofs...

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  20. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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    Those are more like $8000.
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