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Old 09-19-2014, 08:57 AM   #1
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1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/4667904452.html

Seller seems honest, it ain't perfect, it's got some major quarter panel issues.. Rust.

But I still think it's a great deal.. No affiliation.

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Old 09-19-2014, 08:44 PM   #2
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

Thanks for posting this rallypanam! I've just been lurking here since we sold our 2wd smb to dogmobile but I talked to the seller and I think I'm gonna jump on this. The rust seems pretty bad but like you said for the price it looks like a great deal.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:12 AM   #3
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

Rust like that on the body would have me concerned that there is a rust problem with drive train and suspension components. We had one rusty east coast van with a drive shaft that looked like Swiss Cheese and shocks that were almost completely gone (rusted away) yet almost impossible to remove. The fuel tank was badly rusted also and seeping. Rear drums were so rusty that it took hours to get the rusty wheels off and when we did the drums broke. Trying to get the drums off of the axles required a torch and all the brake hardware was dust - even the brake hard lines should be replaced...

Get it inspected with all that in mind.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

Thanks for the input bajasmb, on the van you were talking about did it show as much body rust as this one? I'm trying to gauge how bad the chassis rust will be. The owner seems like an honest guy and is sending me more pics but I have to make my decision pretty quick.
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

No, it was much better. Rust will rust away your investment a little more every day.
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

After talking with the owner some more and seeing more pics I have decided to go for it, catching a flight tomorrow am. Like all smb owners I've met so far the guy seems super cool and trustworthy. Looking forward to having a smb again!
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

Nothing wrong with a looksie. Hope all goes well for you.
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 4x4 182k Penthouse top with RUST $11,500

Good luck buddy and have a safe trip
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