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Old 05-25-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

I was wondering if Sportsmobile did their 4x4 conversion on the Ford
vans with the 7.3 diesel or was the 7.3 gone by the time Sportsmobile
started doing their own 4x4?
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

Ahhh, you refer to the "Holy Grail" - a Sportsmobile 4WD conversion on a 7.3 diesel. Based on past posts by others on the forum, there was a very short period of overlap between the end of the 7.3 diesel and the beginning of the SMB 4WD conversion. Very rare, but apparently available.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

I have a 1999 E350 EB 7.3 that I purchased new. I had it converted to 4x4
a year after I bought it. It has been my work van. I have just under 90000
miles on it so it isn't even broke in. Had the torque convertor replaced a
couple years ago and while the tranny was out I had it beefed up, even
though there wasn't anything wrong with the tranny. Just a noisey torque
convertor. Don't know if Sportsmobile would convert a van that old but if
I ever had the money I sure would like it converted.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

Fairly sure this is one:
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:44 PM   #5
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

I think SMB normally only does used vans if they are equivalent to their current models. I.E. 6.0 or V10 with TorqueShift transmission.

But you could do something really similar to a 7.3L using a U-Joint conversion kit. Although.... I'm not totally sold on the DynaTrack axle vs. stock Dana 60. But.... A Dynatrack Dana 80 rear axle would be sweet!
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

The Atlas II and prorock 60 are what make an SMB4x4 in my opinion. The former more than the latter.

BMWBILO are you talking about getting a top and interior? It would be nearly pointless to convert a 4x4 to SMB4x4... for the cost among other things, but if you're talking about getting a top and or interior I think they're doing more of that with the economy these days. Be sure to ask all 3 locations.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:32 PM   #7
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

Jage.

I would only be interested in the top and interior and the 46
gallon tank. I know the mechanical history of my van and the
4x4 works fine so there would be no need to get the SMB 4x4.
I wonder what percentage of SMB 4x4 owners have been in a
posistion that a regular 4x4 conversion wouldn't handle? I think
if I wanted and had the money I could add an Atlas transfer
case to my van. Right now all these thoughts are just dreams,
first I need the economy to pick up so I can get a job and get
back on my feet.
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

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posistion that a regular 4x4 conversion wouldn't handle?
I would say so, insofar as wouldn't handle as well. Still, driver is the most important thing in my opinion, regardless of equipment.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:15 PM   #9
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

I believe this is one....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... AUS%3A1123
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Re: Sportsmobile 4x4 on a 7.3 Diesel

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Might be, but in that last pic, from the angle it was taken, I think you should be able to see the Atlas t/c shifters. Hard to tell for sure however, and it looks like a skidplate up front making it hard to tell if it's a DynaTrac front axle.


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