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Old 03-23-2017, 11:37 PM   #21
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OK. I'm going to try and say this without sounding too arrogant or too much like a pr!ck.
Grew up on a large farm in southern Iowa, spent the last 25 years in automation, mechanical/electrical and fabrication. Adding an axle under the front of a Ford van doesn't even register on the difficulty scale. People take their vehicle to a specialty shop for work, the price is high and the work is being done by a $15hr "mechanic".
That's just my .02 cents.
Yeah, it still ain't that easy.
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:33 AM   #22
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Yes prices have spiked. I have been wanting to purchase one for 5+ years. Now that I finally have the funds I'm struggling to find one reasonably priced. What is your opinion on this one? https://thevanbeast.com Accurately priced?


Personally I think it's over priced, he's tried several times to sell it & it hasn't at his asking price if it wasn't & tin top then maybe... plus the 5" bro truck exhaust out the top is just silly!!!


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Old 03-24-2017, 12:37 AM   #23
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Yes prices have spiked. I have been wanting to purchase one for 5+ years. Now that I finally have the funds I'm struggling to find one reasonably priced. What is your opinion on this one? https://thevanbeast.com Accurately priced?


There are two nice SMB in Denver for sale one is a 2006 diesel with 20k on it for $65K the other is a 2004 SMB chateau gaser with 80k on it for $52k I'll post the up in the classified for you in a sec...


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Old 03-24-2017, 08:03 AM   #24
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Prices in Colorado have gone up lately a lot. Not many for sale over the winter and now spring fever price outbreak is happening. Be patient...
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:03 AM   #25
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And tax returns...


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Old 03-24-2017, 12:56 PM   #26
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The prices here in Denver for a 4wd van are insane!
I've got my eye out at a couple of junk yards for a F250/350 that I can get the front end and transfer case out of for my 2010 E350. Total for all the parts at U-Pull is less than $1000 and it will add $10,000+ to the value of my van for a weekends worth of work.
What the chop shops are charging for the conversion here is robbery, but I don't blame them, if people are willing to pay, I'd definitely be willing to charge.
If you can get your van fully converted and operational in a weekend by fabbing all of your own brackets and mounts, a lot of people would be highly impressed.

I don't think a home brew 4x4 conversion will add top dollar in value though.
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:06 AM   #27
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Wasn't this van with the smoke stack up for sale a year or so ago? I can't seem to find the thread.



Also, if I was in a position to buy a van today I'd keep looking every day but be ready to wait for the right van deal to show up. That may be a long wait at the moment. Think of all the folks that bought boats, big RVs, fast cars in the pre-recession time and it didn't end well a few years later. Try not to be that guy.



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Old 03-25-2017, 10:07 AM   #28
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Agreed, at that price range this is a much nicer van.. and doesn't have valuable interior space taken up by an exhaust stack.



https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/rvs/6055268619.html


That's a good on & I like hat it's an EB


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Agreed. It's not.


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How's the conversion going??? Can't wait to see it when finished!


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Wife had a garage sale today, guy came up and asked her about my van and if I was selling it. Threw $60k out there and stated he wanted a finished van. Wife explained that it was not finished yet and that we were not selling. He definitely wanted an econoline 4x4.

I figure my build will be in the $60k range when finished, or at least that's out of pocket anyway. Van with 55k miles and brand new 4x4 and new gear, not so bad really..
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