Hi there! Long-time car enthusiast (a dozen VWs, followed by an intense Volvo phase—which I'm still in), who has decided that family road trips/adventures would be easier and more fun in an giant van than our 100-series Land Cruiser. Plus, the TLC can't tow worth a flip.
So, after a few months of looking, I found a one-owner 2001 XLT EB passenger van in Toreador Red with the V10…and only 71K miles! It had all services done at the dealer, including oil changes. It's got some minor body damage, and some permanent paint damage where the vinyl letters demarking it's church affiliation baked on for 18+ years. Overall, I think it's going to be a very solid platform to do a minor build on.
Plans include a mild lift and all-terrain tires, fender flares, rear ladder and a homebrew roof platform, some sound deadening and insulation, some interior creature comforts, and hopefully swap out the four rows of seats for 2–3 rows of Transit seats (my kids are convinced they each need their own ROW
). Seriously considering getting some color-matched Monstaliner and painting the whole thing (sans door jams/etc.) if I can't wet sand/compound/polish the letters off. We shall see!
Either way, I'm super excited about this new chapter. Grew up cruising around in combi van and an air-cooled Vanagon…but this is a big change for us. I've been lurking around this forum for the past few months as I've been looking…and decided that last week's purchase warranted joining. Glad to be here!