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Old 05-12-2011, 08:44 PM   #1
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Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

I have found a 2000 E350 RB V10 van that has been rolled, 108k miles. Trashed except for the driveline and the engine has been sold. Is anybody potentially interested in the front Dana 60, drive-shaft, Borg-Warner transfer case, shortened gas tank etc etc? It is a Pathfinder conversion, with the welded front leaf spring brackets. You'd need new brackets to weld on (about 70 bucks from Pathfinder) but otherwise it is complete.

I am thinking hard about getting the rear D60 and drive-line but don't really need the front parts for my Quigley. This could be an easy, cheap way for someone to get a 4wd van conversion. I'm sure I could get the whole thing pretty reasonably. Think around 3k complete from my discussions with the owner.

Let me know if anyone thinks they could use it.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

I don't see why you couldn't upgrade to U-joint spring hangers while you're at it... but it sounds like a find for somebody- probably a question of distance and time more than whether it's useful to someone.

How about the driver door, is the power lock mechanism salvageable?
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

If this a 2000 van with leaf springs it's either a Salem Kroger or a Advanced 4x4.
Pathfinder wasn't doing conversions that late of a year model. If it's a Salem Kroger
then it has a Ford front axle, if it is a Advanced then it was cobbled together and
probably is a Dana 44. It could also be a van that someone converted themselfs
buying parts from Pathfinder. Pathfinder usually deals in parts for the old Pathfinder
conversions of the 70's and early 80's.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:07 AM   #4
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

The drivers door mechanism is probably intact, I can open and close that side door easily enough. Would you like me to check it out Jage?

And yes, I thought Advanced and Pathfinder where the same people but perhaps not.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #5
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

Gordon the guy that has the Pathfinder site used to work for Mr Wonderful
at Advanced 4x4. After getting screwed over enough he left. Gordon is a
good guy and has a lot of knowledge on the older conversions that Patfinder
used to build. Maybe that's why you thought Pathfinder and Advanced were
the same company.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:04 AM   #6
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

Pathfinder was part of the Challenge Cook Group and utilized some very different approaches to their conversions than even the much better produced Quigley conversion . This was the first commercially made 4X4 Van that we ever owned and was a bugger to keep together for me , of course I was younger and more foolish then , I think !
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:39 AM   #7
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

Well, I have a Quigley and while this one is clearly more simple it looks pretty well done. The front spring hangers are welded onto the frame rather than bolted but otherwise it looks good.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:23 PM   #8
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

witoke.

Be glad you have a Quigley. I had Advanced do my van in 1999 and it
was crap. In the course of less than one year something either came
loose, fell off, or just plain failed. The welds on my van looked liked
cottage cheese. No matter how you try and talk up Advanced I will
always have a sour taste in my mouth for them. I would never recomend
them to anyone. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Takers for a used 4wd conversion ?

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Just my 2 cents worth.
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