Reposing from Jsweezy's question on another thread: a 4WD van seems to be an anomaly around here! I have heard several references to exactly ONE other one, also a black E350 but it was mounted on a 4x4 truck chassis... Generally no one knows what to think when they see her!while driving slow laps past a lodge to get my 2yo grandson to sleep for a nap last week I heard one man in a wedding party (I think the groom) say -"A 4WD drive, that's a beautiful sight!" Not sure the bride appreciated it as much
Originally Posted by Jsweezy
Awesome! Glad to hear your getting everything smoothed out.
So who snitched about the van?! Ha ha, how does the government find such things out anyway?
nobody snitched it's just that everyone is afraid of her around here! My regular mechanic Gary looked scared when he saw her after my RIP kit and informed me she is now OFFICIALLY modified (like quigley ain't?) and sent me to a deisel/towing shop next. I took her there for inspection yesterday and she passed but it was dicey since a license plate bulb needed replacing. Lol WHEW.
Anyhow everyone at the diesel towing shop called me Ma'am (I love that). Here is the typical scene when I take her anywhere: 2 men will walk around her, one will say nothing but keep coming back around and the second will stop in his tracks and say something like "HUH that is a BIG van you have there!" Whereupon I will explain she is not even big compared to ones my forum friends have out on the Left Coast and how we need more 4wd vans here.... Then he will look underneath and fall back to his original comment of "That sure is a BIG van you have there"... OH a third man will walk past and pretend he is not looking.
The young man doing the inspection tried to act aloof but I noticed he took her out for a VERY long road test. He and I did agree that trying to get any specific info from the state of WV is not worth holding your breath for. Then he challenged me with the announcement that she needs brakes 'soon' I told him I'm aware of that and WHEN would he say they're needed? -6 months or so- which is the same as what the mechanic doing my pre-inspection told me.
I wanted to get a picture there but I paid then suddenly the young man was backing her into the busy two-lane (Rt 40) while another man flagged truck traffic to a stop just as a large tow truck was waiting to pull into their narrow lot... So I had to skedaddle as suddenly there was a lot going on! So they stopped traffic for me and my big van, HellBetty. Later I was sitting in the second row seat with the door open writing down some interior measurements and dropped my pencil. I leaned over as the pencil went into the side door well and I almost fell out- haha that there is a big van I guess!
She had new front brakes and u joint when I bought her... I wonder now if rear brakes on a Quigley are out of the ordinary?