Mine certainly has been a long build journey.
I 've allways wanted a V8 Ford diesel with Rock crawling capabilities, even though
it will probably be used for that fairly infrequently, the option is there.
The Econoline has an amazingly strong steel chassis, for towing & attaching winches too!
My Ford is currently configured with 4"lift, but after State Licensing that will be upgraded
to 6", which will give my 285x17x70 wheels better movenent/articulation from the vans
My Ford leaves New Zealand 20th january and arrives Fremantle, Western Australia on the
5th February and I should have it two-four days later, ready for Australian Engineering and
Federal & State approval and final vehicle licensing & registration.
Mileage now with roof rack and eventual roof box, I expect to be about 15.5-16 mpg, sitting
on road speed of 65mph. Our open road speed limit is 68mph/110kph. In my Subaru Liberty sedan, I sit on 115kph/71mph, and get 40 mpg/17 kpl.. Amazing. But for the size of the
Econoline box, 15.5 mpg is not bad.
For the size of the MB engine and van box size, the vehicle ecenomy received by Fitz is very good
and watching his posts regularly, the van journey performance has been amazing, together with excellent Sportsmobile West build, supervised by Fitz.
Some of you who are new to this Sportsmobile van build, should look seriously at the new Chev V8 diesel Duramax 4x4 vans! Or go MB or Recycle an Econoline. Choices Choices!
2008 Yellow Ford E350 6.0 diesel eb50 4x4, Front E Locker, Asheville Eng Rebuil 20th @ 261miles, ARP Studds, 200amp Alternator, Performance Aluminium Radiator, OnBoardAir, RoadmasterActiveSuspension, Front & Rear Aluminess with Spare Tire Carrier, Aluminess Roof Rack, Titan Aft 30gallon Fuel Tank.