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Old 06-14-2021, 01:43 AM   #1
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Looking for 4x4 conversion recommendations for 2 vans

Fellow forum members, we have a couple of SMBs that we would like to get converted into 4x4s.
First until is a 2005 Ford RB with the 6.0L

Second is a 2006 Ford EB with the V10

Things to consider (in order of priority)

1. Quality
2. Time to complete/availability
3. Price

Any direction/recommendations are welcome.



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Old 06-14-2021, 07:26 AM   #2
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I could be wrong, but I don't think Quigley will convert a van that old. Same holds true for Sportmobile (one of the few who uses the Atlas transfer case).


IMO, you're two best options, in no particular order, are U Joint and Quadvan.


That said, if you're looking to have them converted to 4x4 and then sell, will you get you money back and more? Maybe. That's a tough call, but a lot depends how long the current camping/vanning craze lasts as places across the country open back up after the pandemic.




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Old 06-14-2021, 08:05 AM   #3
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Because you are located in the eastern US I would recommend Ujoint. Great reputation especially if you plan to sell them 4x4 converted as a dealer.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:02 AM   #4
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Most companies have left the older econoline 4x4 business. As mentioned, the only one left is Ujoint for the most part. If you want them to do it, its going to be $25k and I would imagine at least a 6 month wait.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:34 AM   #5
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Yes, I’ve contacted Ujoint. They said February of next year. Their rough estimate was about 25k.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:37 AM   #6
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If you need it sooner than that, you may be able to get them to ship you a kit sooner then find a qualified local mechanic who has less of a backlog.

You could also contact Quadvan. I know they were booked out about 4 months last time I checked, but I know they do econoline work.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:40 AM   #7
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I could be wrong, but I don't think Quigley will convert a van that old. Same holds true for Sportmobile (one of the few who uses the Atlas transfer case).


IMO, you're two best options, in no particular order, are U Joint and Quadvan.


That said, if you're looking to have them converted to 4x4 and then sell, will you get you money back and more? Maybe. That's a tough call, but a lot depends how long the current camping/vanning craze lasts as places across the country open back up after the pandemic.




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Herb, I believe you’re correct, Quigley doesn’t seem to be converting the older vans.
As for the economic aspect, while it is true that we are in the class B RV business, it’s also a passion of ours (especially SMBs). We are 3 brothers that started the business about 15 years ago at very young ages.
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Theres also Timberline Vans in Colorado.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:46 AM   #9
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Things to consider (in order of priority)

1. Quality
2. Time to complete/availability
3. Price

Any direction/recommendations are welcome.

You are aware that you just reinvented the engineering triangle.

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Old 06-14-2021, 09:50 AM   #10
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You are aware that you just reinvented the engineering triangle.

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I was waiting for this comment ��. But again, it’s prioritized. Quality is number one, trumping price and lead time.
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