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Old 02-23-2018, 10:12 AM   #1
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2008 E250 Quigley conversion

I started my post in the Welcome Mat and am picking up in the forum suggested to me. I recently purchased a 2008 E250 Quigley conversion. After a harrowing drive from the Indianapolis area to my home here in Raleigh, I am in the process of stripping everything out of it to expose rust and any other issues before I convert it to a “beach buggy”. I plan to build out the interior as a light duty camper/surf fishing overnighter. I am not doing the full “off the grid” conversion (solar electricity, heater, etc.), but do plan on a dedicated 12v system for lighting and appliances. I have actually found a “box” under the frame at the r/h side door and positive and negative heavy duty wires coming out of the floor in front of the rear RH wheel well. I think the “box” may house electronics for a secondary battery charging system. Haven’t put a volt meter on the wire ends yet. (The positive terminal is heavily wrapped in electrical tape. Aside from doing a lot of rust repair, I have contacted agile about better shocks and help with a bad sway at highway speeds. I have uploaded a few photos and can post more as the project progresses. I have read a bunch of posts here and the amount of good information will certainly take the worry out of the project.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:48 AM   #2
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I have started using Corroseal for the rust instead of POR15. I think they pretty much do the same thing. After I neutralize all the rust, I will coat the entire underside with 3M rubberized undercoating. Got that tip from the forum also. DON'T buy the undercoating from Amazon. After checking pricing, Advance Auto has it for $6 less than everywhere else. I have hit every auto store in the area and have a collection of cans. OK, now the tough part. I have uncovered a lot of rust in the cab in front of the driver and passenger seats and will probably have to make a replacement floor pan/patch. What worries me is the shape of the RH chassis mount at the front wheel well. I don’t have any welding equipment, but have contacted a local custom shop who can do the work. I’ll add a photo of the mount bracket. I think the other frame to chassis mounts are OK if I make sure all the rust is neutralized and sealed. Looks like I’ll be spending some quality time with wire brushes and Corroseal under the van this weekend.
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:22 AM   #3
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Love that exterior color, and would love to see a good profile pic with the van in the sun.


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Old 02-23-2018, 12:31 PM   #4
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It might take awhile for a picture in the sun since it is up on jack stands underneath the deck. I had to buy a floor jack to get this beast up. Yeah, The color is good for a beach buggy. I'll have to get it touched up after I fix some of the rust spots that were painted over.
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:45 PM   #5
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Spent a lot of time under the van this weekend. Besides brushing away as much rust as possible, I also removed the running boards and brackets. I have loosened all of the seat mount Torx PLUS bolts except one on the passenger seat. That was the bolt I first tried to remove with the Torx instead of the Torx PLUS. Hopefully PB Blaster will do its thing if I give it some time. I have sent emails to agile about shocks and their RIP kits. I tried to remove the rear bumper, but am not sure what to do about the black plastic strap covering the bolt heads. It feels like the bolt head is rotating inside the cap, but it sure doesn’t look like the caps will come off easily. I would really appreciate help with this enigma. Maybe brute force is the answer? Another question: It really looks like I have a house battery charging set up. What I thought was a second battery box under the side door houses electronics with heavy gage positive and negative leads come through the floor just before the r/h wheel well. Was this a factory option? Posting a few photos for your viewing pleasure.
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