Who'da thunk it?
Yep, couldn't resist any longer. I have a comfortable, cushy SUV these days but life just wasn't the same without a van. I've missed everything about one in the, um, 2 or 3 months I've lived without.
I found my next build last week at a dealership of all places. One owner 98 E350EB XLT Clubwagon with only 80k on it. It was bought new at the dealer I bought it from by a church but
it's not white and it never had decals put on it. Oddly enough it was traded in at this same dealer. I found it on Autotrader. It's never been through an auction or in an accident. The Carfax is eerily tidy.
Super clean 98, no kid, smoke or pet odors
V10/4r100 with only 80k
Never had a hitch on it or pulled a thing
XLT (all power options except driver's seat and RKE)
Full float rear axle, 3:73 gearing
A little midwestern rust, but not as bad as my last van which I saved pretty well I think.
Only one spot on body.
Brake lines/hoses and AC have just had about every line replaced, except.......
Rear air lines have been cut and plugged.
Oh well, I've got to have something to do.
New enough to only have the forward side pop out windows.
Has the crappy small console
I got it about 6 hours north of home and drove it back yesterday. Averaged about 14 at 75-80. Super quiet, smooth and the damn thing is so strong it never downshifts on the highway. I'm stoked.
4x conversion is more important to me than a full interior or pop top since it's a window van. I'm hoping to set it up as a mashup between a '50' and a Transformer, with one cabinet behind the driver, open center and a bench and platform bed towards the back. We'll see, though, I've been known to build things over and over.
To be continued, but probably not for awhile.......