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Old 07-26-2016, 09:46 AM   #61
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I had been told you can still fit a 33" tire under neath, but I am leaning towards doing the traditional bumper and mounting a water tank and compressor where the spare is.

In other news, going to look at this at lunch today:



Sorry, don't want to post a link only to get beat out by you! But, someone talk me out of selling my 7.3 and getting this 2004 4x4 6.0 w/ ~80k miles. Pop top, fridge, sink. Minimal interior, asking ~40k. Seems like a steal, right?

Anyways, after always hearing how bulletproof the 7.3 is, my worst nightmare would be switching to the 6.0 only to regret it down the road. Thoughts? Also, I can PM you the address to the sales post if you are serious aout helping me off the ledge haha.

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Old 07-26-2016, 10:09 AM   #62
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Well.. I guess it would depend on what has been done to the 6.0 liter.

I'm biased, but I'd probably stick with the 7.3, get the agile, then maybe a poptop down the road.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:14 AM   #63
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Leaning that way. Just hard to pass up a deal, when to get the 7.3 to that point, which is close to what i want, I end up in the 50k+ range. But from what I have read about the 6.0 and how great the agile 4x4 is, building up the 7.3 seems like the right move. Even if it is 6 years older with almost twice as many miles.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:17 PM   #64
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It is a nice looking van.. TransferFlow tank, bumpers, penthouse top. See if they've had any of the Bulletproofing done.
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:55 PM   #65
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Lunchtime is over...Are you buying it?
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Old 07-26-2016, 04:43 PM   #66
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I ended up staying far away. Decided that in 10 years, I will not even remember letting this van go by, but if I sold the 7.3 and the 6.0 died on me, i'd sure as hell remember that.

Onward!

Now, thinking really hard between the sportsmobile penthouse and the Fiberine super camper fixed top. The latter is half the price and I like the idea of the extra storage.

I would definitely want it painted and my whole van could need a good painting, figure the savings can cover that. Anyone get a full van painted somewhere in so cal and can point me in the right direction?
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The 7.3 certainly has a better reputation but if you talk to the guys that have actually spent the time and money to bullet proof the 6.0 most would never look back.

With that said, i have a 7.3 and three bullet proofed 6.0's, all of the 6.0's had 185,000 miles in stock form with zero issues. We did the fixes as preventative measures because of the known possibilities. Now their's no reason they won't do another 185K. But some states have restrictions on what can be removed or changed on a diesel, that should be a factor when looking.

We just changed the tranny in our 7.3 with only 120,000 of easy miles. They all have their issues but don't rule out the 6.0, its a great motor with a bad rap. It just cost's a lot money to get it to a point that you can say that out loud.
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Super Camper! Here's just a few pics the entice you

There's some good threads of pros and cons of both.


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Pretty sure I have decided on a fixed top. Trying to decide between the super camper^^ or the 24" more standard look. If I go super camper, I think I would not put a rack up there, but if I go withe the 24", I would do an aluminess rack such as this




Now, if anyone in California knows a good painter that would take on a full van, I am looking.
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Now, if anyone in California knows a good painter that would take on a full van, I am looking.
Two comments on this:
1. I've got a decent backyard painter up here, you just have to be comfortable leaving your van behind a taqueria in a bad part of town. But he's cheap and does pretty good work.
2. California has many regulations that drive up the cost of painting.. try Nevada or Arizona for cheaper painting.
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