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Old 07-12-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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SOCAL build

After about a year of looking and talking to a few knowledgeable folks on here or recommended from here I finally decided to buy a 4x4 van as opposed to having one converted.

I bought a 2000 Ford F350 EB V10 with a Salem Kroger 4x4 6" leaf spring lift with 100k on it. I did spend a lot of time looking, I search about every site you can think of daily. In the end I had to fly 2 hours and drive 8 hours home to get what I wanted.

It is a beast, I have never been almost eye level with 18 wheelers before. It is also a bit skethy to drive, it wobbles but this will be fixed. It was also a work van so the interior needs work. Here are my plans as of today:


Here are a few before I bought:
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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What I sold to buy "The Van". Big difference!
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:12 AM   #3
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Re: SOCAL build

Welcome to the gang! Good looking van. Your list will get a lot longer unfortunately, but it's a labor of love. Keep us posted as you can, and don't hesitate to ask questions. Lots of good info here.

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Old 07-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Interior cleaned out, now just need to find someone to weld the bolt holes closed that where drilled for the utility shelves in the floor.
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:00 PM   #5
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With your interior stripped out and sanded ... now is the time for sprayed in bedliner if you are going that route.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:45 AM   #6
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Thanks 86scotty

Taylorvon, I was think that but I am leaning more towards the plywood rubber coin matting mod I have seen on here.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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I was on vacation for a week and while I was gone my brother-in-law completed the following:

Oil\Filter
Fuel Filter
Transmission fluid
Air filter
Spark plugs
Rear Breaks\Rotors and calipers

He still has to install the Pro Comp dual steering wheel stabilizer but needs to weld a mounting bracket.
Also the front rotors need to be machined out to fit. No sure what Salem Kroger does to the front end, best he could figure is a F-350 Super Duty, but some things do not fit right, they need some modification.
He will finish this work up next weekend.

All said and done $1100.00 in parts.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:19 PM   #8
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Went to the body shop this week for a color sand\buff and have the door jams painted. They did a great job. This was a work truck so it needed it.

$650 but worth it.

$20 for the 4x4 stickers
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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$1000 in misc parts have been pilling up so time to put them in:

4x4 sticker
Center console for dog house
Driver side interior door panel
Orielly's auto parts (misc supplies)
Home Depot spray paint
Window Driver side rear 40" x 12"
Front floor liner from FAMVAN
Fat Mat sound deading material x2 rolls
Window Passenger side 40" x 26"
Rear sill trim piece
Sliding door sill plate
Rear doors weather stripping
Home Depot Frost king Insulation
Passenger and driver side seat belts
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:26 PM   #10
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Rear doors with fresh paint\Fat-Mat and weather stripping
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