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Old 01-02-2024, 09:31 PM   #1
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04 E350 EB Build Thread

I guess since I finally got a van I'll start a thread.


Wife and I wanted something a little bigger than our Vanagon Syncro.
We tried a '78 GMC 26' Class A and it wasn't really for us.


Van pickings have been pretty slim around here, and I'm pretty picky.
Found a 2004 E350 Extended work van with a 6.0 powerstroke and 91k miles.
I decided to go for it, even though I really wanted a standard length van and windows. I had been having a hard time finding an affordable 6.0 that didn't have 300k on it.




Ran and drove good, but it's a base model and didn't have cruise.
I picked up a steering wheel on Ebay and a new clockspring from Ford.





Install went fine, but I still don't have cruise. There are mixed reviews online about whether or not programing has to be done to enable cruise. I guess this one needs some programing. I'm going to see if Forscan or my snap on scanner can do anything.


My vanagon has a pop top and I really like it, so I picked up this pop top to retrofit onto my van.





The people I bought the top from also included these captains seats w/ swivel bases.





Unfortunately the bases are for an 82. I haven't looked into what it will take to make them work, more on that later.


I wound up buying an E150 at auction cheap...





I was planning on swapping the side and rear doors from it onto my van to add some windows. I also put an ad on Marketplace offering to swap my solid doors for someones windowed ones. I've had a fair response from that ad so it looks like I'll just fix the Auction van and sell it. It needs a rear differential and I've found one on a parts van I plan on picking up this week.





I picked up this truck as a donor for a 4x4 conversion.





I'm now having second thoughts about doing the 4x4 conversion... in 12 years I don't think I used 4x on my syncro more than 2 times. It is a heck of a lot more manuverable than an E350 will ever be, but I have lots of 4x4 vehicles for wheeling.


I'm now thinking about doing a posi/selectable rear locker and a rear winch instead of 4x4. I'm also thinking about a weldtec 2wd lift.

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Old 01-02-2024, 09:48 PM   #2
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I plan on building out the interior similar to a SMB EB-30.
I'm taking some inspiration from @86Scotty and hope I can make something at least half as nice as his van. Carpentry and finish work is not my strong suit.


So far I have a nice sink and faucet, water pump, water pressure accumulator.
200aH LiPo battery, DC-DC charger, 2000w Inverter, and 75A AC charger.
4x 100w solar panels, MPPT charge controller, battery monitor.
A take out 'rollover' couch from an RV. A Fiama F45 Awning.


I still need to buy a bunch of interior building supplies, a water tank, Truckfridge TF130, and a toilet.


I'm going to have to sell a vehicle or two to fund further purchases, so this might be a slow build. Plus we just got a puppy a couple days ago so I'm busy chasing her around and house-training for the next week at least.


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Old 01-16-2024, 11:42 PM   #3
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Cant wait to see the build! The first post looks like it's missing a bunch of images - just a heads up.
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Thanks, I need to find a better image host than google.
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You can upload them here to your own album and then link them to the post.
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Thanks! Found it. Now, how do you Edit posts on here? I can't find a button for it.... weird.
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Maybe you can't Edit the initial post....



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I guess since I finally got a van I'll start a thread.


Wife and I wanted something a little bigger than our Vanagon Syncro.
We tried a '78 GMC 26' Class A and it wasn't really for us.


Van pickings have been pretty slim around here, and I'm pretty picky.
Found a 2004 E350 Extended work van with a 6.0 powerstroke and 91k miles.
I decided to go for it, even though I really wanted a standard length van and windows. I had been having a hard time finding an affordable 6.0 that didn't have 300k on it.




Ran and drove good, but it's a base model and didn't have cruise.
I picked up a steering wheel on Ebay and a new clockspring from Ford.









Install went fine, but I still don't have cruise. There are mixed reviews online about whether or not programing has to be done to enable cruise. I guess this one needs some programing. I'm going to see if Forscan or my snap on scanner can do anything.


My vanagon has a pop top and I really like it, so I picked up this pop top to retrofit onto my van.








The people I bought the top from also included these captains seats w/ swivel bases.



Unfortunately the bases are for an 82. I haven't looked into what it will take to make them work, more on that later.


I wound up buying an E150 at auction cheap...




I was planning on swapping the side and rear doors from it onto my van to add some windows. I also put an ad on Marketplace offering to swap my solid doors for someones windowed ones. I've had a fair response from that ad so it looks like I'll just fix the Auction van and sell it. It needs a rear differential and I've found one on a parts van I plan on picking up this week.





I picked up this truck as a donor for a 4x4 conversion.




I'm now having second thoughts about doing the 4x4 conversion... in 12 years I don't think I used 4x on my syncro more than 2 times. It is a heck of a lot more maneuverable than an E350 will ever be, but I have lots of 4x4 vehicles for wheeling.


I'm now thinking about doing a posi/selectable rear locker and a rear winch instead of 4x4. I'm also thinking about a weldtec 2wd lift.
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A lift, locker and winch goes a long way......


What's wrong with the truck? ...it looks pretty nice.....
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A lift, locker and winch goes a long way......


What's wrong with the truck? ...it looks pretty nice.....
My thoughts exactly. And I think I would appreciate the ride vs 4x4.

Truck has no compresion on #1. Leakdown thru crankcase.

Eventually I'll pull the engine and replace a piston or the whole engine, but I have other projects I can make money on for less work at the moment.
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