...I decided to wait for an E350 EB cargo and after many sleepless nights thinking of owning one, we found our rig a 2008 quigley EB V10 with only 24k miles. Needless to say we made the right decision for our traveling plan. Saved a lot of moolah too. Wifey super happy!!!
Crisis averted, nice!
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
I have to thank the weather at Expo this year for our van since we have a series 100 and an offroad trailer with a Tepui RTT that we took to the event. Well if you were there u knew what it was like in the far out field (nasty azz mud mixed with excrements). She made sure that I understood "if you want me to overland with you again you BETTER get a van!!!"
2008 Ford E-350 Quigley 4x4 V10 - 164,000 miles
RB50, PH Top, Dual AGM Group 27 Deka, 2000 Tripplite Inv., No Propane or Water Systems
Van Weight 8,100 pounds, added one rear leaf spring, BFG AT KO LT265/70R17 E Tire press 50psi.
I am reading this post and hoping to prove you wrong. I agree that the photo here is an ugly version. The pointy nose is a suboptimal look and I can not do much about that and the tall roof looks stupid on all vans including the much beloved Mercedes Sprinter van. I am banking on the following features to make my 2016 Transit 2016 4X4 look much better than this;
1. Metallic Gray paint with black trim (not this ambulance white)
2. Low Roof Transit with Pop-top (I want to garage my investment. Sprinters won't garage in 8 feet)
3. Hella Light Kit
4. Quigley 4X4 conversion with 2 inch lift.
5. 265/70R17 Off road tires not the 215/60R16 that come stock.
6. After Market Custom Wheels.
7. Neon Light Under body light kit
Why? Because I do not want to be servicing outdated E-series gas guzzling van for next 15 years of ownership AND I want a domestic van that I can get parts and service on without sending my money to Germany.
I welcome ridicule and derision but I bet some of you will be interested in the photos when I am done. ETA is February 2016.
Advice is welcomed on how to additionally modify this truck to allow me to keep my man card when I am done. I acknowledge that the 148 inch wheel base and wheel well size is an Achilles heel for true hard core off-roading but when one invests >$100K in toy like this the appetite for balancing it on the edge of a boulder field goes down. I had an E-series SMB van in 2000 with huge wheels and did some hard core off roading and I was frankly worried about rolling my investment into a ravine. I have a 1966 Bronco that I can do that sh-t with. I plan to go off road but not as my primary driver. Think Arizona and Colorado dirt roads and not the Canyon Lands of Utah.