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Old 05-07-2017, 05:20 AM   #1
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Roof rust...worth the hassle or pass?

I have an opportunity to buy a 03 EB with 5.4, quigley 4x4 and agile RIP kit. Van was fleet for first half of its life, has 115K miles has had a lot of recent service (plugs/wires, ps pump, rear rotors calipers pads). Only outstanding issue is roof rust. Gutter seal would have to be completely scraped and entire roof knocked down to bare metal and repainted/lined. Seller swears there are no leaks. I didn't see any exterior drip patterns. Underbody looked good and I was able to see the floor which didn't look rusted. He has interior insulated (dynamat) and roof covered with wood paneling so I couldn't be certain of interior roof condition. It's a tough call, tranny is only 3 years old with 50k miles, it has aluminess bumpers front and rear and ladder. Great lighting (jw speaker and truck light), new tires and extra set of new snows. Ive negotiated to $21k. Here are some pics...thoughts?

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Old 05-07-2017, 07:07 AM   #2
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I've seen gutters that look worse than that with no other rust on the van. They go first for some reason sometimes. It certainly looks salvageable to me. Unless you really like messy bodywork just look at spending a grand or so and having it done. Get them to Raptor/Rhino/bedline it and be done. Sounds like a good find otherwise.

Check for any moisture or signs of it in the front floorboard area. Minor rust on the roofs of these vans often presents a leak under the windshield seal and you won't know you have one except for wet carpet under the front mats. I'd pop the trim in the footwells and fold that carpet back as good as you can looking for rust or signs of moisture.

and welcome. Show us some more pics if you like and you'll get some more opinions and pointers.


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Old 05-07-2017, 07:44 AM   #3
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Apply some navel jelly and see what is actually there?
Doesn't appear to be that bad... but deff needs a proper inspection.
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And had three other E350s...
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