Help choosing between 2 vans for my build.
Hello all, new to here and seeking some advice.
I purchased a 1994 coachmen 19RB for SUPER cheap...like really really cheap. The reason is prior owner somehow caught the passenger side battery on fire which took out blower assemblies, ac components, wiring, windshield. Fortunately it was extinguished before any fire got the cabin.
So...my plan is to transplant the high roof, and whatever RV components I see fit into another van. Eventually 4x4, Sportsmobile/rvíish build.
So Iím stuck buying an extended model van pre facelift (2007 and older ) so the roof fits.
Iíve been searching for a while and Iím about to pull the trigger on one. Iím debating between a low mileage (125k) 2006 E250 or a mid/high mileage (280k) 2001 E350 7.3PSD.
The gasser needs a tune up, has a skip likely plugs, wires, ignition at some level. Needs a new serpentine belt and maybe a tensioner.
Diesel is supposedly pretty good running van. Just recently tracked down a misfire to a bad injector and was replaced. It does still have a random misfire when it hits a bump in the road or corners hard ( possibly wiring for injectors, maybe worse, who knows.) Also, has been having D light flash ďsometimesĒ. Transmission was replaced by Ford at some point, it has a reman sticker on the trans. Service records...unknown.
So In short...am I going to be miserably slow and underpowered with the gasser 4.6 after loading it down and 4x4 bigger tires etc? This one is attractive because of condition and low miles.
Is this diesel one a better choice for such a build because of hp and torque? This one worries me a bit with the higher mileage and some gremlins with its operation, and do NOT want to get a van that I spend up resources just to get it to a reliable status. Afraid with ďDĒ light the trans may be giving up, owner hasnít offered any info after asking multiple times on what the code is...which also concerns me.
Any opinions and advice welcome.
Iím a newbie to Ford vans, but I am a mechanic. I have been an auto tech, now commercial aircraft mechanic. Built multiple Land Cruisers, car engines, Diesel engines, jet engines, tractor engines etc... so in terms of being mechanical savy being a factor on either choice Iím not too concerned. I just donít want to have a terribly underpowered van when all is said and done. Nor do I want to buy a diesel that turns into a can of worms.
Iím pretty close to buying the 4.6 gasser unless Iím talked out of it here.