Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-29-2021, 03:20 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Great Northwest
Posts: 5
Hello and new to me '96 E350 SMB 4x4

Hi all,

I'm a longtime lurker/forum guest and SMB noob who finally took the plunge and bought a secondhand rig. I want to thank everyone on this forum for all of their wisdom and experience, which helped to educate me so that I knew what I was looking at, and in making updates and repairs in the few months that I've owned it.

My SMB is a '96 E350 EB with a Quigley conversion, the penthouse top, and a thirsty 460 V8 gas motor. It's mostly stock but with lights, solar, an aftermarket winch, an auxiliary gas tank, and Aluminess spare tire carrier, plus some other bits. I'll get into some of those things in later posts or threads. It's riding on 33" Cooper AT3s that probably have another 5 years life in them unless I wear them out sooner.

The van has about 93K miles on it and overall is in pretty good shape for a 25-year old vehicle, but it is due for some regular maintenance, some of which I've already gotten into (again, later posts). I am grateful to the prior owners for keeping the original SMB owner's manual intact and with the van.

I have some modest plans to "edit" this van to better meet my specific needs, but I will be taking a pretty light touch -- no interior gut and rebuild here. I expect to be more of a user and a driver, and less of a builder. But I am open to ideas and suggestions for how to improve the vehicle or address known issues. And there are some 90's era bits and pieces that I plan to delete.

So, thanks again for all of the knowledge that is collected in this forum. I hope that I can contribute to it in some small way.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_7533.jpg  
__________________

Marco W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2021, 03:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
simplesez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Golden, CO
Posts: 846
Welcome! I had a 96 with the 460 as well. Great easy to service powerplant.
__________________

simplesez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2021, 06:19 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: FL and VA
Posts: 1,441
Garage
Cool. Congrats and welcome.
__________________
Chris
2008 GMC 3500 Quigley Weldtec 4x4 Savana SMB
2006 BMW HP2 Enduro-Sold
marret is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2021, 12:24 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 82
Welcome. Roll a 1994 with the 460 ourselves so similar rig, been beyond pleased with it for the last 20 years!!!
basssears is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2021, 08:52 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
86Scotty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: TN
Posts: 9,385
I had a 95 with a 460. You will love everything about it but the 'thirst' problem.

I'm curious if your 96 has an OBD2 port under the dash? 1996 was the first year for OBD2 but not for every vehicle I've learned. Anyway, just curious.

Welcome!
__________________
-Eric

2010 Chevy AWD home build
86Scotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2021, 05:09 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Great Northwest
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by 86Scotty View Post

I'm curious if your 96 has an OBD2 port under the dash? 1996 was the first year for OBD2 but not for every vehicle I've learned. Anyway, just curious.
I think it does have a port under there... somewhere! The van was built in '95 and SMB completed it in '96. The immediate PO had an OBD2 reader that was in the van, which makes me think it has a port. But a different prior owner (previous to the immediate PO) was some sort of serious audiophile and installed a remarkable amount of accessory wiring in the driver footwell and elsewhere in the van. It is quite a rat's nest in there! I *think* the OBD port is under the dash and just below the steering column to the right (above but between the brake and gas pedal) but that might be some other sort of data port or connector. I'll figure it out pretty soon... once I pull a bunch of that extraneous wiring out of the way.
Marco W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2021, 03:09 PM   #7
NRL
Senior Member
 
NRL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 476
Send a message via Yahoo to NRL
Quote:
Originally Posted by basssears View Post
Welcome. Roll a 1994 with the 460 ourselves so similar rig, been beyond pleased with it for the last 20 years!!!

96 460 Quigley 4x4 Sportsmobile for like 10+ years.



It is well maintained by me and still going strong. No Big Issues so far.
__________________

__________________
96 RB E-350 460v8 4x4 Custom RestoMod
Warn12kWinch,FFloater,LSlip,Pwtrx Locker 4.10 305x70x16 ToyoMTs,Eagle Alloys,Stove,4CF Ppane Fridge, Air CompTank,Supersprings, Bilstein Shocks,Deavers,CastIron Diff Case, Bullet Proof ReBuilt Transmission, Tubulator DeRale Trans Pan Cover, SSExhaust, KyoceraSolar, Tripplite UPS, 8D AGM, TivoHD, 24in HDLED
95 FJ80 ARB/Kaymar/Emu
2005 AMG CL65 691hp 875tq
NRL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Queen bee

Deaner

Big Grey

allenl
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×