project build, 1999 ford e350 extended van with 7.3 powerstroke and only 50k miles
I decided to move this thread here so those of you interested can follow my build..Ok, I was on the fence about building this van, its not exactly what I was looking for but the engine, price and the miles were right! For those of you that didn't read my first thread in the for sale section I original posted this for sale. I had hoped that I would get an offer that I couldn't refuse. Say 14k and I'd walk away.. that didn't happen on here.. I could have listed it on craig's list again but I was only half hearted about selling..
A little while back I found this van on craig's, it was originally purchased locally by a electronics company for shuttling employees and equipment around the bay area. Story I was told was a disgruntled employee stole the keys one day and quit, So, it sat parked in the back lot for nine years without any use hence the low mileage. It was hard to believe but with new batteries and fresh fuel a $20 ignition lock cylinder, some air in the tires it drove home. The interior shows pretty perfect. Its a 14 passenger model, the original rear seat was removed never to be recovered by me, I assume to haul parts and such. The exterior is/was a little rough in my standards, a few door dings, mostly surface rust around the drip rail and some parking lot gouges made it appear a little rough. The tires were sun damaged the windscreen was cracked, rear bumper bashed. But underneath it was a like new 7.3 e-350 van with only 50k miles!! After getting it home and going around it with a fine tooth comb, Its potential outshined its neglect and I started working on it.
My plans are to fix all the body cosmetics, paint it and then start a 4x4 conversion, interior dry camping set up and make it my pride and joy. Originally I was in search of an affordable sprinter van to convert, doing my diesel van search everyday when this popped up.
My budget is 30k all in... can I do it??
In order to drive it and shake down the bugs from sitting I decided to just start with the basics.
All fluids and filters $300
Matching new locks and ign cylinder e-bay 119.00 ford oem
Replaced the tires 245 75/16 cooper at $650
new brakes front and rear , (sticky calipers) $300
new windscreen $250
new rear bumper $150
new side door (bad dent) $200
This weekends efforts:
My first big labor intensive project is to address the worst rust spot above the drip rail cut it out and replace the damaged portion.. luckily it was just one area .. Grind out all the seam sealer all the way around the roof and treat the other surface rust to prevent further damage.. I'd be done today but rain stopped me from completing this. $200 materials
Wed it goes to the body shop for a complete repaint and all dings to be addressed.
After that the 4x4 conversion starts! yea!
rust repair day one