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Old 04-26-2018, 09:03 PM   #1
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Hello SMBers,

I am back at it and have found my next project. After selling my SMB last summer and regretting it, I have been looking for the right van ever sense. After having way too many vans in the past and selling them for various reasons. I have realized that MY van is not out there, so I am going to do a full custom interior build to suit my needs.

I found my "new" van down in New Mexico. It is a 2001 E350 EB Cargo with 60K miles and the 7.3L.

The plan is to add a hightop and do a full interior buildout. Then the 4x4 conversion will happen, hopefully this fall or winter.

Here is a now picture and there will be updates as projects happen. If all goes well, it will be camp-able in the next couple months. That way I can sell my current VW camper.
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Old 04-27-2018, 06:29 AM   #2
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You bought the correct chassis and body---if the 7.3 is your engine of choice you did very well IMHO.

I recently acquired an '05 E350 extended body, 5.4 motor, was/is technically a Club Wagon but modified with the raised roof, extended height rear door and a wheel chair lift (since removed & discarded). Having had E250's previously I love the E350 much more.

I did add Hellwig super heavy duty front and rear sway bars. Next up will be Bilstein shocks for short wheel base motorhomes built on the E-Series chassis. They're already here, just need time and weather to swap them in.

Hope to see your build as it progresses!
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Old 04-27-2018, 05:27 PM   #3
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Great score! Can't wait to hear more about the details of which high top and what interior floor plan you have in mind.
I just ordered a Tufport high top from Delta BC (kinda near ya), so we'll see how that one works out.
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Old 04-27-2018, 09:43 PM   #4
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Congrats and nice find, looking forward to the build thread!
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Old 04-29-2018, 06:46 PM   #5
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It is a 2001 E350 EB Cargo with 60K miles and the 7.3L.
Nice find. I am in awe of how people keep finding low mile 7.3's that aren't completely trashed in every other sense. Almost every low mileage one I found were complete rust buckets or damaged in some other way. Or priced so high it was laughable.
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:41 AM   #6
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Nice find. I am in awe of how people keep finding low mile 7.3's that aren't completely trashed in every other sense. Almost every low mileage one I found were complete rust buckets or damaged in some other way. Or priced so high it was laughable.
Well, I was looking daily for months and I did have to pay for this van... I don't believe I over paid but I probably paid a "Retail Dealer" price. Unfortunately the transmission promptly took a crap on me, so I get it back tomorrow with a fully rebuilt transmission with all of the possible upgrades.
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My first part showed up! Thanks 1der!!!
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My first part showed up! Thanks 1der!!!
If you're not already personally acquainted with the Door Talon/Claw you'll love it---I couldn't live without one myself!
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I did add Hellwig super heavy duty front and rear sway bars. Next up will be Bilstein shocks for short wheel base motorhomes built on the E-Series chassis. They're already here, just need time and weather to swap them in.
Very interested in what you think about the swaybars and the motorhome Bilsteins...... So you've got the 1.5" dia Hellwig? I think Mountainbikeroamer tried some of the motorhome valved Bilsteins but found them too stiff/harsh...

Let us know you thoughts on these....does the rear swaybar hang below the axle? Is the improvement already very noticable?
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Very interested in what you think about the swaybars and the motorhome Bilsteins...... So you've got the 1.5" dia Hellwig? I think Mountainbikeroamer tried some of the motorhome valved Bilsteins but found them too stiff/harsh...

Let us know you thoughts on these....does the rear swaybar hang below the axle? Is the improvement already very noticable?
I do indeed have both front and rear Hellwig bars installed, maybe 500 or so miles driving with them. I can say categorically any E-Series with a rear sway is noticeably improved first drive. I've not yet had time to install the Bilstein's but that's coming up soon.

Ride-wise I'm never sure how to answer that as its too subjective to the driver. Personally I'm far more concerned with safe and under-control the ride is, much more so over any "comfort". Do keep in mind all my miles are strictly paved roads and highways.

My E350 EB formerly Club Wagon now fully gutted is a bit stiff but once its refitted with about 2K additional weight it will be much less "bouncy" over the Ohio roads. Between the Hellwig bars and Bilstein shocks I'm confident the ride will still be "firm" which is what I'm after. Michelin LTX's E-rated 245 tires @70 psi front and rear will help too.

UPDATE: Here's two links to albums on Imgur

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https://imgur.com/a/8YKKEG2

If any additional info, views or measurements are wanted please let me know.
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