Should we invest in a "free" '99 Ford E-150 Econoline??
We are looking for a bit of advice as my family of 3 is trying to figure out if it is worth it to spend $2k to fix up the mechanical needs of this van and then another unknown amount to either fix the leaky roof or get a pop top/high top with another sleeping space.
A close friend is offering us their '99 E-150 with 171K miles at no cost. Exterior and interior are clean. The big issue seems to be a leak in the rear part of the roof. I've attached an image of the other mechanical repairs needed (not including the leaking roof) and a profile of the van. The repair estimate is about $2k.
Hoping that the experts on this forum can provide some clarity and/or direction for us. Your expert thoughts are helpful and any direction around reliability in this vehicle, pop top/high top installation recommendations near Santa Cruz, CA. (how much should we expect to spend?), and other advice you might have regarding the maintenance needs.
Here are the mechanical issues incase the attachment is hard to read: Brake fluid is dirty, water pump is leaking, power steering pump is leaking, high pressure p/s line leaking, tranner cooler line leaking, fuel hose neck is cracked, left side washer nozzle is broke. Top off fuel tank, check for leaks, suggest fuel filler neck assy 1st then recheck.