New here from Santa Cruz ca
Hey everyone, I'm Daniel, my wife and I are looking to buy a van to build into a 4x4 diesel camper. We r looking to buy a E-250/350 so I can eventually put a diesel in it. I'm a cabinet maker/woodworker at heart and did it as a career for some years. I plan on buying a 98-2005 van with a blown motor. I've found a couple for $500-$1000. I also plan to make it 4x4 eventually. I have a transfer case in my work truck that is now a 2wd. I've found it cheaper and easier to find Dana 50 strait axles than a Dana 60, so I might end up buying a 99 donor truck for the axle and transmission and such. We have been long time travelers and campers but recently got married and hope for kids on the way. So id like something we can just fold down a bed rather than pop up a tent and fill an air mattress. I grew up in a 87 vw westy traveling the country with my family till I was about 13 and I would like to give the same childhood to my kids. We r both excited for this undertaking, but in the end I know we will hve one mean camping machine.
My first steps will probably be the interior so we can still go on trips while I'm building it. But before that we r going to prank my wife's little brother (12) who thinks it ok to sneak out of the house at1am to play Pokemon!
Can't wait to learn a lot and maybe meet some cool people on our travels!