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Old 08-07-2021, 12:34 AM   #1
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Need advice for new van project on a 2003 7.3 Diesel E350

Ive been in the market for my first van to customize and I came across a 2003 Ford Econoline 7.3 Diesel with 200k miles for 9k. The van looks like its in good shape. No rust or anything like that but the problem is the rear interior is gutted out. They also took out the whole rear air conditioning too. Im wondering will it be tough to find oem parts like the rear interior wall panels and install a new air conditioner in the rear. It seems like reinstalling the whole air conditioning will be costly and labor intensive. I want the interior back to stock as close as possible. I would be mainly using this for work and road trips so my plan is to just put some captain chairs and benches in it. Do you guys think this is a good deal or will it cost me too much to do all of this just get it back to normal. Im new to this van life so any advice would help. Thanks
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Old 08-07-2021, 01:02 AM   #2
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Sorry i just noticed this should be in the SMB homemade thread. Can the admins please move it. Thanks
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Old 08-07-2021, 01:30 AM   #3
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Are you sure this van had rear air? Is the rear air control switch on the dash? Not very many cargo vans came with rear air. I also don't think they came with interior panels.
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Old 08-07-2021, 01:37 AM   #4
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I can’t speak for extendeds, but in regular body vans, the rear air was behind the left rear wheel well. It’s a fairly large hole too, which I don’t see in the pictures above.
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Old 08-07-2021, 01:56 AM   #5
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Are you sure this van had rear air? Is the rear air control switch on the dash? Not very many cargo vans came with rear air. I also don't think they came with interior panels.
Actually I’m not sure if it did come with it now. It looks like it didn’t. So I guess my question would be would it be expensive or difficult to install a rear AC and source the interior panels? Also is $9k a good price for this
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Actually I’m not sure if it did come with it now. It looks like it didn’t. So I guess my question would be would it be expensive or difficult to install a rear AC and source the interior panels? Also is $9k a good price for this

This is a typical cargo van..no rear AC and no rear panels. Also no rear windows.....so people traveling in the back can't see anything...kinda like a prison van....and no rear seat belts.

..also no holes in the floor to mount the factory seats, which it's also missing since it's not a passenger van.

It would be costly and difficult to install the factory rear heat/AC; There are some "work van" type panels around be not super common.....and installing windows and finding seats is more time and $$. You may want to just find a passenger van.


All that said it looks like a clean 7.3 EB van that is somewhat desirable to folks on here for a mild to wild camper conversion. It also has side barn doors which are more desirable than the slider for most people.
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Old 08-07-2021, 07:55 AM   #7
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Old 08-07-2021, 09:09 AM   #8
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Sorry i just noticed this should be in the SMB homemade thread. Can the admins please move it. Thanks
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This is a typical cargo van..no rear AC and no rear panels. Also no rear windows.....so people traveling in the back can't see anything...kinda like a prison van....and no rear seat belts.

..also no holes in the floor to mount the factory seats, which it's also missing since it's not a passenger van.

It would be costly and difficult to install the factory rear heat/AC; There are some "work van" type panels around be not super common.....and installing windows and finding seats is more time and $$. You may want to just find a passenger van.


All that said it looks like a clean 7.3 EB van that is somewhat desirable to folks on here for a mild to wild camper conversion. It also has side barn doors which are more desirable than the slider for most people.

thank you for the responses. My main concern is sourcing the interior panels and how long that would take to find. If not do custom panels which sounds expensive. My only option for ac looks like it would be a aftermarket type camper one in the roof. As for the seats I was planning to get some sienna captain seats. This project looks like it would be more then what I would like to spend for the interior. Im probably going to pass on this van and wait for a passenger one. I really wanted this 7.3 engine though so it hurts to let it go since these have been hard to find
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Old 08-08-2021, 09:15 AM   #10
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Why not make a low ball offer that might match your funny money fund ? How about a Danhard interior AC ? -- Or do the roof AC thing as you mentioned ? Flip the coin ?
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