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Old 11-10-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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v8 with 4x4

Is sticking with the V8 (for better gas mileage) crazy if I am getting 4wd (versus V10 or diesel). Thanks.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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I don't know if it is crazy or not, but it will save you some money to buy gas with.

Many will tell you the V8 doesn't have enough power, but unless you are towing it should be adequate. These are heavy vehicles and you probably shoudn't be going that fast anyway.

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Old 11-12-2008, 02:49 PM   #3
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Second that. Prior to the 90's, seems V-8 4x4s were the norm, not the exception, and they worked great. More about gearing if towing (in my opinion). We used to have a massive 7 yard dump truck (early 60's GMC). Had a straight 6 it did just fine (although I looked like Sandford & Son driving it as it was so old and beat up).
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As opposed to now when you've moved up to looking like Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard?
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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V8's have been powering trucks and vans fine for a long time. Sure the V10 and diesel are more powerful. The V10 at $600 (plus the extra for the transmission) upgrade cost is a no brainer.

But there's no reason the v8 shouldn't meet your needs.
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V8's have been powering trucks and vans fine for a long time. Sure the V10 and diesel are more powerful. The V10 at $600 (plus the extra for the transmission) upgrade cost is a no brainer.

But there's no reason the v8 shouldn't meet your needs.
V10 is the new old460 V8. Too bad the new V10 is aluminum..
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It would be great to get an old van with the 460 and convert it to 4x4. If you want the current body style, I think it was in years 92-95. I don't think a 460 will adapt to V10 vans because the frame was changed apparently.

You could drop in a 460 crate motor with 800 hp.

How fun would that be?!
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It would be great to get an old van with the 460 and convert it to 4x4. If you want the current body style, I think it was in years 92-95. I don't think a 460 will adapt to V10 vans because the frame was changed apparently.

You could drop in a 460 crate motor with 800 hp.

How fun would that be?!
Oh yah.. That's exactly what I have planned.
Maybe not 800hp but 350-400hp with a new transmission.

My current 460 is good old reliable so far...and I have a new rebuilt E40D bulletproof transmission. Not in hurry for the 460 to die but it's win/win.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:25 PM   #10
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Re: v8 with 4x4

Sorry to revive a long dead thread but.....

I am hunting for a 2005-2007 E350 van to convert to 4x4 by by local conversion guys, Advanced Four Wheel Drive. In my local market (SLC) there are currently no V10's to be found. They all seem to be in NJ for some reason.

Here are my needs.
1) The van will be an extended bed.
2) I have decided on Gas vs Diesel due to the noise factor.
3) I will be regularly towing my super light weight Hobie 20 sailboat (I could almost tow it by hand) and will occasionally (perhaps more regularly in the future) be towing a 4400 lb ski/wakeboard boat.
4) This will NOT be a daily driver but will only be used for weekend trips and extended car camping.
5) I will have the Penthouse put on it soon after purchase.
6) I will initially have very little RV stuff in it (a sink cabinet w/ fridge and a small propane system for heat and stove and a rear bed) but might add more down the road.
7) Being in SLC the van will see quite a bit of canyon driving.

So... Am I being silly/wasting my time waiting for a V10 to have my mechanic look over or should I continue the wait for the V10 for the potential future towing.

Right now I have a Dodge Dakota V8 that seems to have plenty of power for me but then again it isn't as big as an extended E350 nor have I hauled anything as large as a ski boat with it.

Thanks for your advice,
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