I am selling my 1999 E-350 7.3 EB Van. Just have too many vehicles, and need to downsize. It is a wonderful, well-built Van, very comfortable with many amenities, and I have traveled across the country in it for the last 8 years. I built this Van for hard core wheeling, but when I finished it was just to nice to run hard! I have done some high-altitude western rock crawling / camping, and mudding in the South East but that’s about it. I built it with a BW 1356 Transfer case, so low gear is LOW, it really crawls. And it cruises comfortably at 80 MPH on the interstate. At 75 mph or less, I get 14-16 mpg, not bad for a 9,000 lb vehicle. It is a sold van…I started restoration in 2010, and everything mechanical on the vehicle was either rebuilt or replaced, including the transmission, transfer cases, both axels, AC, brakes, coolant system, fuel system, etc. No expense was spared. The 7.3 has about 270K miles, oil is changed every 7500 miles, minimal blow by, and has had all the leaky gaskets and seals replaced. The leaks are common issues for the 7.3. at this mileage including oil pan, valve covers, low pressure oil pump (high pressure was tested), O-rings, etc. New 170 cc injectors, and a 38R turbo were custom installed with a mild tune and the engine puts out about 350HP and 700lb-ft torque. Exhaust temps dropped considerably with the new turbo, and the van pulls steep grades easily and passing is effortless.
The Custom Espar Diesel Hydronic Heating System provides interior heat, hot water for the shower and sink with very low amp draw; I have camped in Colorado in -15F and the interior easily reaches and maintains 75 F. The Espar runs cleaner on Kerosene than diesel, with lower maintenance, so I installed a separate fuel tank to hold Kerosene.
I also made every effort to keep weight down, and for all the amenities, it light compared to a comparable Sportsmobile. Last time on the scales with one passenger and loaded for a summer trip it topped out at 9060 lbs.
Van has some mild rust in the rear right qtr. It was not fixed properly by the body shop when painted. It is an easy fix, and I will repair before selling or take of the asking price. Otherwise, body and frame are solid.
Below is a list of the work I have done.. I am sure I will miss something, so please give me a shout if interested. I have most receipts, and invested way more that the asking price. Someone will end up with a very nice, dependable van…I will post more pictures in the next few days, and here is a link to the original build.
Mechanical / Suspension / Exterior:
1999 E-350 7.3 Diesel
Garret 38R Turbo, 170CC Injectors, Swamps Mild Tune, 4” Exhaust, Full Gauges. Engine Work done in 2019 350HP, 700 lbs-ft Torque
4:10 Gears. Factory Full Floating Axel in Rear, Dana 60 Front
Custom Cross Over Steering
U-Joint 6” 4wd Conversion
BW 1356 Magnesium Transfer Case, rebuilt. Internal Oil Pump weakness addressed and Fixed. Mechanical Shifter
Manual Locking Hubs
Custom Deaver Spring Suspension, New in 2019
Reunel Heavy Rear Bumper, Custom Front Bumper with 12,000 lb winch, D Rings
Two Fuel Tanks; 32 Gallon main fuel, and 3 Gallon for Espar Heater.
Michelin 285-70-17LTX A/T2 with 10,000 miles, Pro Comp Wheels
Second Set of Pro Comp Wheels and Tires 295-70-17 Extreme Country, 500 miles
New Paint in 2016, Ford Gray. Original color was white.
All New Door Gaskets, replaced 2020
Van interior was re-painted before interior install. Moisture barrier of reflective bubble wrapped lines the roof / interior. Doors are insulated. Sound deadening was added, then ½’ Pink Insulation Board. Floor is heavy duty vinyl over ¾” marine ply. Van is tight and very well insulated
Two Added Windows, one in drivers front side panel, one in rear passenger side panel
Walls and Roof Liner is Ozite Carpet / Marine Carpet
Fiberglass Roof, 6’ Interior Height
Ford Excursion Dash Cluster with Tach and 4wd Light
Alpine ILX 207 Flat Screen Stereo Receiver, USB, HDMI, Back Up Camera, 7 speaker sound system, Amp
Coleman 120V 15A AC Unit
Espar D-5 Diesel hydronic Heater; Heats Interior, engine (if needed), Sink and shower.
Leather Captain Chairs, Heated
Swivel Passengers Seat
Custom Cabinets made from ½ Birch Ply, not the cheap, heavy laminates. 6 Heavy Duty Slide Out Locking Drawers
Full Size Sink, Hot and Cold Water
Dometic 2 burner Propane stove
14 Gallon Interior Water Tank with Pressure Regulated Pump
Rear Shower Hot and Cold Water
Large 120V Refrigerator
Rear Bench Seat with roomy Fold Out bed (almost queen size)
Factory Seat Belts for rear seat
275 A HD Alternator, New in 2019
4-6-volt Trojan deep cycle House Batteries; 480 AH total Capacity
All Hardware is Marine Grade, not RV Grade. Marine Grade is of much higher quality
Blue Sea Systems 120 V AC Panel with Circuit Breakers, 30A
Blue Sea Systems 12V Panel with Circuit Breakers
Blue Sea Systems 250A Main Fuse
Blue Sea Systems 12V On / Off Manual Switch
Blue Sea Systems Automatic Voltage Sensing Switch between House and Vehicle Batteries, with driver’s remote switching
Xantrex Freedom Inverter / Charger 1800W, 40A.
Victron Energy Battery Monitor
2-120V AC Receptacles, GFCI.
30A Plug and Cable for RV Hook Up. When Plugged to city power, all interior ac power is live, charger can charge House batteries and Auto Batteries, or can be separated.
All wiring is RV GFCI Compatible, all codes considered.