Need some quick input from the mechanically inclined:
Working through my build out of this 2008 Ford e350 V10 van that I just got in December. I'm starting to get into the interior build but anted to do some preventative maint on it by replacing the cab to frame bushings which were looking pretty dry rotted. Figuring it would be better to replace them now before i install everything else that will go into it.
Mechanic didn't have a good idea of labor for the job but estimated about $1000 for parts and labor. He got into and unfortunately it was hell to get the bushing bolts out, several broke, etc. Now that he has the body off, he's having a similarly hellish time getting the bushings out so he can even get the new ones installed.
He is now estimating about $2000 to finish the job and wants me to ok it or just call it quits and put the body back down, replace the broken bolts and leave the bushings in.
It sucks and its more money than I wanted to drop on it but I'm tempted to go through with finishing the job as opposed to just folding with nothing to show for $1000 in labor.
Do other people have experience with bad bushings on their rigs? What are the consequences of bad cab to frame bushings, are they worth the cost of replacing or just leave as is? I've attached a picture of the current bushing, I've seen worse on my old silverado, but these things are pretty rotted out.
P.S hoping to find time to put together a build thread one of these days but too busy building