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Old 10-19-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Anyone know what this is?

Ahh, what is this? Even after reading through most of what I can find, I'm still not exactly sure what this is and what's factory or not. Tittle just has e350 4x4 on it. It's the cutaway style but longer than a van frame and looks like the factory pathfinder 4x4 front end crossmember. The fiberglass dually box says triple e on the sides. Is this a usual configuration or did someone have this made? Anyone have any ideas where to find info on it? I was going to part it out but thought I'd best check it out first before butchering it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Triple E is still in the van conversion business.

http://www.tripleerv.com/

I think I've seen one of these pickups before. A long frame E-Series Chassis Cab with a fiberglass extension and pickup bed. Probably quite rare, but it may not be very valuable. Then again, who knows what some people collect.

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:31 PM   #3
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I see a few van/pickup conversions for sale once in a while. At one point, Quadvan had pictures of a four door van/pickup on their website that they did as a show vehicle for Ford. Unique conversions, that's for sure.


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Anyone know what this is?

It was probably designed as a fifth-wheel hauler. Looks like it has a sled rack on it now.

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I think they were originally made for the RV/Fifth wheel crowd by van conversion companies...A truck for the van lover and shorter sides than a Pickup... I have a neighbor who still has two different types of these Van-Ups as we used to call them in the 80's and a very little Citroen Van.
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Before CrewCabs became popular and more than a utility vehicle?

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #7
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Thanks all, I measured the frame length and was surprised to find it wasn't the same as the long extended ford vans. It has a dana 50 coil spring front end and the crossmember looks like that factory pathfinder one with the notch for the front diff. I can't see where the frame has been lengthened though so was a little confused as to what it actually was and how much came from the factory or was manufactured elsewhere. Triple e site didn't have much information. If I understand this right, is it possible that a class c motorhome or something similar may fit right on that frame? 13' 4" if I remember right?
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It's either a Trucan or a Vanuck.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:30 PM   #9
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Ha ha, they say this is the year the vanucks will win it all! I may have to take the old girl out for a last spin and take in a game. Hope its snowing like hell and the snow is 4 feet deep for her final picture. Show you dust pounders what a real machine can do.
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Thanks all, I measured the frame length and was surprised to find it wasn't the same as the long extended ford vans.
Ford vans all have a 138" wheelbase (except some OBS "shorty" vans with a 128" wheelbase). E-series cutaways came with a 138", 158" or 176" wheelbase. That conversion looks like a 158" wheelbase. Motorhome and bus builders may extend the wheelbase even further. I have seen E450s with a 220" wheelbase.
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