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Old 11-07-2013, 09:47 AM   #11
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Re: 4x4 conversion-expense vs. value

Have you seen this page? Its a complete how-to page on converting the OBS Ford vans, including which trucks to pick parts from. Have you considered doing the 4x4 conversion using pickup parts instead of parting out a running bus?

http://www.glinx.com/~sbest/4vanhow.htm
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #12
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Re: 4x4 conversion-expense vs. value

Here you go:

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Old 11-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #13
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Re: 4x4 conversion-expense vs. value

I had not seen that site. Lots of good info. I think that this:
viewtopic.php?f=34&t=11029&p=114589#p114589
if it is 3/4 ton is the fast track to making the SMB 4x4.
All in all, I think the thing to do is submit to not having a SMB and re-do the CMB to suit my needs. I don't plan on any long distance trips in the CMB, so fuel economy is not a big issue.
Thanks for the info though, you never know what the next project may be....
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:59 AM   #14
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Re: 4x4 conversion-expense vs. value

I did make an attempt to contact the seller of the 4x4 van parts, it does look like just what i need. We shall see if he replies. The insanity continues....
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:19 PM   #15
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Re: 4x4 conversion-expense vs. value

I'd chip in with find another donor vehicle, now that you know the value of the chassis and what you're into. The SMB being really nice is a big part of that equation. Also if you're doing full donor salvage, wouldn't a F-series complete drivetrain be as good a starting point as a more rare 4x4 van?
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:25 PM   #16
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Re: 4x4 conversion-expense vs. value

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wouldn't a F-series complete drivetrain be as good a starting point as a more rare 4x4 van?
I would say that a 2005 on up F250/350 front axle would be the easiest install to do. Almost all OEM parts can be used and the fab work is minimal - see QuadVan. If I didn't believe so strongly in the ride quality and long travel/low ride height of the Dana 50 TTB system that I am using then that is what I would be installing.
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