I just bought my first van to convert. I opted to go new considering how much time and money will be spent. I also made sure I got the powertrain I wanted. I am not a mechanic, so having newer made sense to me. I got good advice from the folks here.
great point. I have a fear of over spending on a cheap foundation van.
I am at a bit of a comfort point as I have diesel mechanics in the family. One of which tears down the 7.3's and the 6.0's to bullet proof them. Boy did I prove him wrong with my .45 cal 1911.
Axles and parts should come easy supply as I have salvage yard friends. Any ?I put on will be able to be unbolted and swapped over to a new foundation.
Just want to make certain that I am not starting off worse.
That said I have driven many and not too much of a ride/feel snob. More of a can it go from A to B without breaking down or burning down. If it can drag something behind like a trailered 4x4 or such then all the better.