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Old 04-29-2022, 10:43 PM   #1
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New Here w a 7.3l ambulance

Just purchased this van recently and having a hard time deciding what to do.

It's a 2003 7.3 ambulance that was then used as a transporter spvehicle for people with disabilities.

The frame isn't too bad but the rocker panels are so rusty and crusty in parts. Gonna paint it ultra matte yellow but not sure if I should bother trying to fix these rockers or just put it off and weld in new ones down the road.

Also unsure on whether to do a 7.5 inch lift with 37s from advanced4x4 in slc, or order the 6 inch from Ujor and put it together myself, I have a welder.

Also not sure if I bring the van into a diesel place and give it a look over, right now it shifts a bit hard and late from 2nd to 3rd, not sure why. It's getting 13.77 mpg through last tank.

Also considering just getting a limited slip diff and putting off the lift and 4x4 for a few years.

So much to think about. Also this is my cool motorcycle the van will match the tank motif but be "big bird" after my grandpas backcountry Cessna 210 Yellowbird
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Old 04-30-2022, 04:25 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome. Cool van.

You might consider just stopping the rust with a converter for now and fix it when you want.
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Old 04-30-2022, 01:28 PM   #3
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Sweet. Looking forward to follow along!
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Old 05-01-2022, 07:26 PM   #4
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Cool, and welcome. How many miles on the van?

I would get the tranny sorted before anything else. Just by the age you are probably ready for a rebuild and if it's got over 200k or so you're on borrowed time.
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Old 05-01-2022, 08:30 PM   #5
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If I'm going to make it 4x4 should i do anything with the tyranny like beef it up or upgrade it if I'm going to rebuild it?
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Old 05-01-2022, 10:14 PM   #6
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What’s the mileage and which is tranny is in there (door sticker “TR”)?
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Old 05-02-2022, 09:02 AM   #7
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245k and the door under TR it just says "9"
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Old 05-05-2022, 11:47 AM   #8
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Congrats and welcome. Cool van.

You might consider just stopping the rust with a converter for now and fix it when you want.
What exactly is that. Is it spray on? Thank you.
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:24 PM   #9
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Yes, either spray or brush. Various brands include POR-15, Corroseal, KBS Rust Converter, Gemplers, Ospho, etc.

Just Google "rust converter spray" and there will be plenty of hits.
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