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shenrie 11-26-2012 08:55 PM

intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a campervan.
 
first off, wanna say thanks to everyone whos taken the time to post thier projects. this site has been invalueable with my research for one of these builds. big thumbs up ;)

second a little about my wife and i. we love camping, period. however we are sick of setting up tents and loading up a toyota to the hilt each trip. weve wanted something dual purpose as we arent really all that well off. just scrapin by most months. our other intrests are racing cars. all thats available around here is autox, rallyx and hillcimbs. ive been racing for about 14 years and enjoy it, but really want to travel and hit some lapping days and a few other hillclimbs that i generally wont go to due to not having a tow rig. we also love mt biking and snowboarding and would gladly give up a day in a racecar for some fresh powder turns without a flinch.

we talked about a fullsize pickup and getting an rv trailor, but that defeats the purpose of being able to tow a car. we talked about a slide in camper, but the layouts never really suited me and the looks are terrible and i really dont enjoy putting them on and taking them off to use the truck for other things. we also discussed an rv, but they are bulky, get terrrible mpg's and really cant get to where we like to camp...AWAY from the dumbfounded dipshits we are forced to share the city with.

i started talking with a friend whos 97 f350 i borrow when i needed a real truck. he suggested a campervan. my first thought was the old westfalia vw's. great little campers, but thats about it. he mentioned that you could do a poptop on a fullsize van. this got my attention and off to the nets i went. started looking around and was oh hell yes! now, i just needed to convince the wife.

i had my 88 sr5 toyota for 18 years. was a great pu and only left me stranded maybe twice...and i was not nice to that thing, lol. the wife actually fell in love with the truck a few years before we even met (i lived around the corner from her). i mentioned the van idea to her and got some smartass comments about molester vans, free candy, etc...so i figured the best way was to test drive one and go by her work and show her how much room was in one. I test drove a rb quigley passenger that had 4 captin chairs. she got in and said wow. the for sale sign went in the toyota that night. if we had sold it sooner, i would have bought that 5.4 rb, but someone in utah bought it sight unseen 2-3 days after i test drove it.

we sold the toyota a few weeks later. i had been looking for 3-4 months prior for a van, but once the toyota sold I really fell slave to craiglist and google. i searched everywhere. had dealers looking, friends from all over etc. we had got to the point of not finding what we wanted and i actually sat down with the wife and told her we were gonna have to not be so picky. we decided that the first 4x4 van in our range we would buy. no matter what motor, rb or eb, passenger or cargo, color, whatever. if it was 4x4 we could deal with the rest. i decided to do one more random ass search and about page 8, I found our van...across the nation of course.

i did research on shipping vans by truck, trailor, and train. this beast was too big and we ended up taking a plane there and driving back. cost us 830 bucks in fuel. cheapest shipping we found was 1900. our plane tickets were 20 bucks due to the graciousness of a pharmicudical rep we know that has gobs of miles banked. the journey was fun, but we are glad to be home. anyway, on to our project...

our 2003 eb e350 7.3 4x4:

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...c3948f5b06.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...05c58363b5.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...06d00ef53f.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...6a2c32956f.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...a6f1f57173.jpg

wife and i are really happy with the van. we never imagined we would own such a freaking huge vehicle and we are both super excited to get our conversion completed. it will be slow going as I will be doing most of the work myself (and of course roping friends into the mix too). we also want to use it a while to figure out exactly what we do and dont want in the van. it will be a simple build, but with the ideas ive got from builds on here, I think i can make a pretty usefull setup on the cheap.

im all ears with suggestions as im a total rookie to this, but i have decided that i will be using a ccv top. i stopped and chatted with derek on our way home. he was the only person i talked to that had the time of day for me. i dont think he realizes how much help he was in the few conversations we had prior to me going to his place and while I was there. super nice guy, and very down to earth. either way, i like the way he thinks and after seeing his work in person, ive decided to go with his products when i get the money to do so.

i still need to decide how i want to power things, what all we want inside etc. so overwhelming, yet so exciting. just wish i had a bunch of cash to get it rolling, lol. i hate being poor :(

larrie 11-26-2012 09:37 PM

intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Congratulations and welcome. It looks like a nice looking rig. Where are you located?

Ocsmb 11-27-2012 03:42 AM

intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Welcome and congrats on the buy.

shenrie 11-27-2012 07:51 AM

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thanks for the welcomes gents!

im in boise idaho, and the van ended up being in really good shape. only a few things we couldnt see in the pix, but no major suprises. however, i did come out to my driveway right after making this thread to find a big puddle of fuel on the ground. after doing a little teardown and making a call to one of the diesel wizards i know i discovered that the valve used for separating water from the fuel was leaking and is actually pretty common. one will be ordered and replaced asap. getting my hands dirty early and broke my van hymen. its obvious this thing will be a joy to wrench on.

while I was in there i did my first mod. i removed the bafflebox from the intake. soooooooo much more hp < sarcasm btw...

hoping this weekend i can get in the van and remove the paneling from walls and floor the previous owners installed. get it down to the bare bones. start with some insulation and maybe figure out what window im going to replace that weird little door with on the drivers side.

dhally 11-27-2012 10:51 AM

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Welcome to the forum! It's good to see more vans from the PNW. Looks like a great chassis for a monster build.

Gnarvan 11-27-2012 11:15 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
SWEET......another person we can all give expensive advice to and see how he reacts!

Welcome to the world of many choices, some of them will cost way more than you think. :a3:

Remember :i2: Pictures.....we need pictures. :i2:

Nice lookin van to start with. How many miles are on the clock?

shenrie 11-27-2012 12:56 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
lmao, sticker shock is gonna be a bitch with this build for sure. my usual projects are civics and parts are super cheap compared to what ive priced for this badboy. but wife and i are prepared for that. were even prepared to give up racing till this is done if need be. im kinda ready for a break other than rallyx. that shit is funner than hell. havent laughed that hard in a car since highschool. either way, i know everytime i price out a part i need to be sitting down. derek gave me some prices during my visit and ya, sticker shock is gonna own me often during this process.

van had 144k when i left GA. now its at 147k. i get to go to the dentist today, but hoping tomorrow after work I can get some detailed pix of the inside before i start the demo. im familiar with forums... pix or ban, pix or ban! :b8:

appreciate the comps on the new ride and especially the warm welcomes. look forward to meeting some of the people that lurk around these parts!

WVvan 11-27-2012 09:01 PM

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Welcome aboard :b4:

There is a lot of stored information in the previously posted threads. Be sure to use the search function first if you have any questions. If that doesn't help just ask away. But be warned. The answer almost invariable involves the spending of money.

But it's better than sleeping in a tent in the rain.

Pntyrmvr 11-27-2012 09:16 PM

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Hi;

I love the passion with which you describe your discovery of these road and trail beasts.

May it continue in all of us as we roar downhill and crawl uphill.

Regards,

Gavin

shenrie 11-28-2012 07:33 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
thanks guys.

definitly familiar with the search function. sometimes its great, other times it yeilds nothing, but Im spending a lot of time just sifting through old threads anyway. sometimes you find info where you least expect it.

i do have questions, but want to take pix so im not releying on bad descriptions, lol. things just keep coming up after work and by the time I get home, Im out of daylight. damn short winter daze.

one question i do have concerns the lift on my van. its a quigley conversion, but im curious what lift is in it. its got blocks in back, but what are the springs from up front? forgive my ignorance as i really dont know much about the ford pickem ups, but i thought that the majority of the f350's had leaf spring setups up front.

also, if i gave my vin number to quigley, do you think they would give me info about what all they did to my van? would they be able to tell me what gearing i have, what fuel tank, etc? would just like to know all that if possible. the other quigley converted van i test drove had all the original info in it, mine didnt have squat.

my3kids 11-28-2012 11:36 AM

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Yes. Email them with the VIN from your van. The Quigley folks are quite helpful in this regard. As originally converted they will match the front gears to what the rear gears are. After that and before arriving to you, who knows.

On my 06 Quigley the tank has been cut (to be smaller to make room for the transfer case). You may or may not have an aftermarket (usually larger) tank.

Hope this helps™,
Ray

shenrie 11-28-2012 12:06 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
definitly a help, and email sent! thanks for the heads up. hopefully not too much has changed since thier work, but at least ill have a pretty good idea of what i have (or had at one point, lol).

jage 11-30-2012 10:11 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Have you considered a bettyford type salvage top?

Gnarvan 12-01-2012 05:04 AM

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You should be able to get the gearing info by pulling the numbers off the rear diff. There is a lot of info available online on how to read the numbers to find out what the gear ratio is.

Since your van spent it's early life as a commercial vehicle I doubt if they went through the expense of changing the gears.

shenrie 12-01-2012 07:04 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
jage, whats a betty ford type top? did a search and all that comes up is your post. tried a google search and a smb thread comes up, but doesnt mention anything about a betty ford anything.

gnarvan, ya, ive been lazy. ground has been wet and i havent had the van on a lift yet. i was gonna see if i could grab numbers when i had it aligned today, but something else came up and i cant make my appointment. wifes dad got laid off with the hostess fiasco and weve been clearing out one of the local stores and taking everything to recycle. netted over 800 bucks so far and have a few more loads. gotta grab that jing while we can.

and i agree that being a work truck it didnt see many changes once they got it out in the field.

havent heard one thing back from quigley :a6:

was wrenching on van a few daze ago changing out this little guy.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...056d80e8b2.jpg
dunno why my camera is close up impared, but changing this out sucked for how easy it looked in the package. i really hope i dont have to spend much time in this bay in the future, lol.

while i was in there, I removed the bafflebox and capped off the tube. found this plastic cap that fit super snug. siliconed it up real good and tightened the clamp just to make sure it wont come loose.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...3888c71ad2.jpg

something i havent searched on here yet is intakes. seems like it would be a good improvement, but doesnt look to be shit for room. all i could find outside this site was drop in filters other than some kind of bullydog deal that looked very similar to the stock setup.

also, anyone know for a fact what this deal is? Ive been told its just a high idle for warmup. others have said its pto related, like for a snowplow etc.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...9dec003e0b.jpg

again, sorry for the crappy pic. first button says power, second says charge protect, and third says rpm control. its mounted on the floor right next to drivers seat.

it engages automatically when parking brake is set and just bumps up the idle. if you just touch the brake pedal, it disengages it, but re-engages if you dont do anything within 10-15 seconds. if the van is cold, it will shoot the idle up pretty good. it scared me first time cause it shot up pretty fast, and these things dont really rev all that high compared to the 10k redlines i usually play with (really wish it had a tach). i thought maybe it had something to do with the winch that was on this thing at one point.

daveb 12-01-2012 10:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by shenrie
jage, whats a betty ford type top? did a search and all that comes up is your post. tried a google search and a smb thread comes up, but doesnt mention anything about a betty ford anything.

:a2: :a2: :a2: That's Ron in Jackson Hole. I'd like to do a photoshop pic of him with that remark, but he'd kill me :a1: Go to the members list for "bettyford" or take a look here:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10108

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=5027

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6159

There are a few more about an earlier build.

shenrie 12-03-2012 08:51 AM

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oh ya, duh. ive read every page of that betty ford thread. great setup, but we are wanting more head room if possible. heart is pretty set on a ccv top. time will tell if thats a reality or not. ive got a racecar im putting up for sale here twords the first of the year. it should yeild me enough to at least buy the top. then i just have to figure out when and how to get it installed, lol. appreciate the links regardless :e1:

i didnt see any info from the last link, but that meet looked like it was to have a great turnout. was there ever pix posted? id love to check them out.

TomsBeast 12-03-2012 10:26 AM

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I've had all sorts of campers and tow rigs over the last 30 years, from splitwindow Westfalia VW buses, a dually mini-truck with cabover camper, an F350 gashog w/11ft Lance cabover camper, even scaled way back and camped and raced out of a Toyota Sienna mini-van the last couple years. Now we have a SMB E350 w/7.3 and 4x4, probably the best all-round package I've ever owned!

You'll be happy with being able to camp wo/tent, mountain bike, tow to the track (and be comfortable at the track), even boodock off the beaten path on your way to or from from an away race with a van, saving on a motel. If you later want to step up to a fully enclosed trailer, you'll have the rig to pull it, with no problem.

shenrie 12-03-2012 11:49 AM

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^^^ ya, all that!! thats a lot of what I was hoping for. plus the wife and i put on a hillclimb locally and it can double as a timing trailer. it will take some time to get it where we want it, but i know once its closer to done we will be super happy with it. It will also allow me to get to the rest of the hillclimbs ive never been able to do cause we cant haul race gear and camping gear in a racecar. that and having to worry about a breakdown or an accident and not having a way home. plus a good portion of the hillclimbs are pretty remote and lodging is usually a long ways away from the startline. being able to camp within walking distance of the startline will save us tons of cash.

its also going to allow us to camp in the winter months and start using our splitboards a lot more. we are both out of shape due to injuries and super terrible snow seasons. being able to stay overnight and get a couple days of splitboarding without the 2+ hour drive back and fourth will be sooo nice.

if you cant tell, we are super excited to get this thing up to par with some of the other builds on here and start using it!

TomsBeast 12-04-2012 12:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by shenrie
...that and having to worry about a breakdown or an accident and not having a way home. plus a good portion of the hillclimbs are pretty remote and lodging is usually a long ways away...

You will be amazed at how much easier it is to build and maintain a racecar that doesn't ALSO have to be a street car. You'll also be amazed at how much better your focus becomes, how your driver skills move up a couple levels, now that you are able to 'push the envelope' a little more, not having to worry about getting home :n2:

Stuff happens, I've pushed my racecar onto the trailer more than once. Fortunately it never effected me getting back home, or getting to my job on Monday morning, which keeps it fun.

jage 12-09-2012 09:00 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Go to search and put bettyford in the search by author. It's salvage tops from smaller than full-size vehicles installed on a full size. Someone else did one, probably search for fiberglass as there was some discussion of repair IIRC.

bettyford 12-09-2012 08:13 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by shenrie
oh ya, duh. ive read every page of that betty ford thread. great setup, but we are wanting more head room if possible. heart is pretty set on a ccv top. time will tell if thats a reality or not. ive got a racecar im putting up for sale here twords the first of the year. it should yeild me enough to at least buy the top. then i just have to figure out when and how to get it installed, lol. appreciate the links regardless :e1:

i didnt see any info from the last link, but that meet looked like it was to have a great turnout. was there ever pix posted? id love to check them out.

Thanks guys for thinking of me.

Shenrie nice looking van and welcome to the forum.. you have found the place where grown men and women get to talk and spend lot of time and money doing what we love. It's the one thing none of my local good friends understand.

I do have 1 more top and it is for sale, As for wanting more head room the one thing you can do is almost anything you want its your build and then you can change it and change it and change it you get the picture.

The top I have doesnt have a tent to it (it wasnt any good) so you can have as much head room you want. In fact Im having a new tent made now because I dont want a high lift top just enough room to stand up. I think its only $400.00 with 4 windows.
Im in Jackson Hole so your just down the street.
Anyway If there is anything I can help with just let me know.

Have a good one

Ron

shenrie 12-09-2012 10:24 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TomsBeast
You will be amazed at how much easier it is to build and maintain a racecar that doesn't ALSO have to be a street car. You'll also be amazed at how much better your focus becomes, how your driver skills move up a couple levels, now that you are able to 'push the envelope' a little more, not having to worry about getting home :n2:

never been fond of race only cars. i like to be able to take them out on the street and enjoy them to the fullest extent. plus theres nothing like handing ass to real racecars in a dd.

the wife and i also never hold back, and at times its been a flaw. we generally only race places where we have some kind of lifeline in case we do run into troubles. we are lookign forward to having the van setup so we can explore some real tracks and a few other hillclimbs around oregon that we have yet to attend.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bettyford
Shenrie nice looking van and welcome to the forum.. you have found the place where grown men and women get to talk and spend lot of time and money doing what we love. It's the one thing none of my local good friends understand.

thanks ron! looking forward to being knowledgable enough to lend a hand to other noobs in the future, but for now, im just absorbing all i can from the many pages of info here.

and i guess i got it good as most my buddies are really excited for me to get started with this build. Getting lots of offers to help which will help more than they know. got some really smart cookies as friends. ive built 600+hp cars with some of them. watched some of them assemble blm firetrucks and pumper vehicles, and others doing crazy shit like full hydrolic setups in an old accord, and making passthroughs on old pickups, lol.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bettyford
Im in Jackson Hole so your just down the street.
Anyway If there is anything I can help with just let me know.

im actually going to be staying in idaho falls from dec 22nd to jan 1st. hopeing to be spending some time in wilson making some turns on the pass in that timeframe. if our schedules work, id love to check out the top you have for sale and your van if possible. holidaze = family, but if you could spare an hour or so, maybe we can meetup??

so wanted to post up a few pix of the inside of our van to keep track of progress. the first ones are as the van appeared on the lot.

original owners installed non factory power windows. kinda handy, but not thrilled with where they put the controls (on dash).
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...5d7b405385.jpg

the rear.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...28b853fb8a.jpg
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...4b95ecb7bf.jpg

i asked the dealer if they could remove some stuff for us to help make room for our air matress. they said np and sent me these pix afterwards.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...1045d5f997.jpg
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...0553277c25.jpg

was better, but we underestimated how big our air matress was, so our friend in atlanta helped us remove everything but the very rear shelves. helped a lot and gave us room for our makeshift travel bed.

had a few hours today to actually mess with the van. first thing i did was remove the noiseyass lights off the roof. also removed all the hard wiring associated with them. helped out a ton with incab noise. should have done this before we left georgia, lol.

then took off one of the side panels to see what all the original owners did behind the paneling.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...747a88fae2.jpg

some insulation. im actually gonna leave this till i get time/money to buy the real stuff and do it right. thinking it will help with noise and heat for the rest of the winter.

then i started in on the floor. holy hell, this was installed to survive an appocolypse. screwed down all over the place, then slathered with glue and slapped on some type of vinyl. shit was on there good.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...3c076790e2.jpg

got one peice out before it started getting dark. was glad to see the original mat in place though.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...29ba03b8d6.jpg

for the fun of it being an avid autoxer, i threw some cones on the front. gets some good laughs from my racer buddies and adds to the "work truck" theme.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...0b8c2b013c.jpg
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...545f5c8fb2.jpg

i dont know if this bumper is worth anything or not, but gonna throw it up on cl and see if i get any intrest. it just doesnt suit my needs. nice peice. setup for winch and all, but doesnt flow with body lines of van.

and to keep with the theme, i threw a ladder up on top.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...2b0008fcb1.jpg

still dont understand why the original pix i posted were so small, but i found a couple more of the original setup.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...85e46841d4.jpg
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...7b938b6e58.jpg

bettyford 12-10-2012 01:08 PM

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I live in Wilson,

I own Rons Towing here in Jackson 307-733 TOWS (8697) give me a call and swing by the shop, I am heading to SF on the 23rd and will be back the 28th

See you soon.

Ron

PS.. bring that Light bar with you If you dont need it I will buy it from you.

jage 12-10-2012 07:30 PM

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Those lights are the best tho. If I didn't have a fantastic fan there I'd be trying to buy them off you!

shenrie 12-10-2012 10:06 PM

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lmao, ive grown really attached to the lights myself. thier a lot of fun and its a really nice setup, but i really dont need them and sooner or later they will get me into trouble. our local rally group offered to buy the setup from me for thier zero car. so i gave them dibbs, but im sure they will undercut the end price all to hell and offer me free entry fees to try and pursuade me etc, lol. pm me an offer ron. ill talk to the head honcho with the rally group and see if they were serious, if so, how serious and we can go from there.

got a need for a moosekiller bumper too? i know thats an issue over that way. package deal??? :b1:

the main switch setup.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...79b91111a5.jpg

all the different functions. sorry for blurry pic, this camera doesnt like closeups.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...78aa14da0d.jpg

and i will do my best to get over that way after the 28th too. just hoping for some good snow this year, but not so much that glory lets go and shuts down the fun, lol.

speaking or which. how long have you lived in wilson? my pops was telling me that there was a bridge built across the base of glory bowl at one point. he mentioned this when i told him about some large pieces of mangled metal we found up there riding in the spring one year. ever hear anything about a bridge there. i scoured the nets one year the avi danger was so high we couldnt ride and had time on my hands, but really never found anything concrete.

kcernest 12-10-2012 10:34 PM

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That's awesome someone like you got this thing, I almost bought that van off ebay about 5 weeks ago. I was winning the auction until 5 seconds left and got sniped by a deadbeat buyer. I offered to buy it off line but found and bought a quigley e350 ambulance in the three days it took him to get back to me. Good for you I suppose!

Don't know if you got the history on it or not. It was a South Carolina Power company service vehicle. It had a vise and winch on the front when I was bidding on it. Looks like they took those off and repainted the bumper.

Glad to hear it made it all the way back across the country with no probs. Have fun with it!

shenrie 12-11-2012 07:08 AM

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^^^ crazy. had no idea it was even on ebay. i never saw it and (i thought) i was looking daily. what did the bidding get up to if you dont mind me asking?

I got it from a carlot in augusta that pretty much only sold work related vehicles. every vehicle on thier lot was fleet white. they told me they got it at a local auction. they also had no idea what it was worth...

ive also tried to contact the company (south carolina gas & electric) who originally owned it to try and get maintenance records, but no callbacks yet.

bettyford 12-11-2012 05:49 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Nope dont need the bumper< and I dont really need the light bar, give it to the dudes at the track.
as for the bridge yes they built it finished the day before the big storm and an avalanche took the bridge, oops!

Ron

shenrie 12-12-2012 06:07 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
thats crazy about the bridge. would love to see some pix of it. any ideas where to look?

finished the "unbuild" of the floor. still have to pull the mat back and fill all the screw holes with some kind of silicone, but what a night and day difference. its super quiet inside while driving now. no more rattles and the road noise was easily cut in half.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...cd70c48519.jpg

can anyone tell me if the cargo vans have the spots to mount rear seats/seatbelts? or how does that work? found a guy here locally with a rolled 15 passenger and all the seats are in good shape. was thinking about picking them up if the price was right for a roadtrip in feb.

kcernest 12-17-2012 11:59 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by shenrie
^^^ crazy. had no idea it was even on ebay. i never saw it and (i thought) i was looking daily. what did the bidding get up to if you dont mind me asking?

I got it from a carlot in augusta that pretty much only sold work related vehicles. every vehicle on thier lot was fleet white. they told me they got it at a local auction. they also had no idea what it was worth...

ive also tried to contact the company (south carolina gas & electric) who originally owned it to try and get maintenance records, but no callbacks yet.

You know what, the more I look at yours, the more I think they may have been two seperate vans, just built exactly alike. Yours looks a little cleaner but the build is exact from interior out. Maybe the power company had an auction and sold off a bunch of these things.

The auction for the one I was bidding on ended around 6500. Did you get a deal on this one?

bdog 12-31-2012 06:22 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Ah! That would be me. The bench vise was my clue!

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shenrie 01-08-2013 06:33 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
^^^ so your telling me you picked up an identicle van to mine for 6500 bucks? :a7:

a few small updates.

member dhally (great seller btw. quick with replies and quick to ship. Thanks again David!) made me a good deal on a single step he had laying around. it matched the others perfectly and was a super quick and easy install. lots easier to get and out the side of the van now.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...9c9d495b3e.jpg

also sold my bigass deer killer bumper. decided id swap it out for a stocker setup. in the process, i found a grill from a 95 and a bumper from a 01. also decided to swap from sealed beam to the composite lights in the process. not sure the year of the lights, but they took a few other pieces as some of them didnt work originally. both the bumper and grill will be refinished once the weather gets a bit more stable.

before:
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...0b8c2b013c.jpg

after:
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...62bd730941.jpg

kcernest 01-25-2013 07:20 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Looks much better up front now. You decide if your planning on keeping the light bar?

By the way, from the :a7: I'm guessing you paid a bit more than 6500? Oh well, as long as your happy with it.

shenrie 02-19-2013 09:05 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
^^^thank you and lol, ya i paid more than 6500, but 10k less than i found anywhere else. so yes, good point, Im very happy with the purchase. as are all my friends, hahaha.

a few more updates.

we had a trip planned to the teton pass for a few days of riding. i volenteered the van for the journey as we had 9 people wanting to go and only wanted to take one vehicle. only condition was i needed help putting it together to roll in. had help from a few friends and this took us 4-5 nights after work to complete.

first off was places for passengers, so we installed 3-3 person seats in the rear. they are a quick release system. also installed a table from a wrecked rv and used trailmaps and coat tickets from all the resorts ive been too through the years for decorations. figured we can use it as a partybus till we have enough saved up for the poptop.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...323d7d24c9.jpg

under the table is a 6 place power strip attached to a 2300 watt power inverter (4600 peak). so there was plenty of power for peoples phone chargers and a nice (borrowed, lol) 23" flatscreen (not pictured) that was on the table for the rear passengers with a rca from a front 7" screen for front passengers setup for the trip. we also installed a small system. a pioneer deck i got from a member of our local motorsports forum for 30 bucks, some old dvc 8's and an old lanzar amp i removed from a car years ago that was just laying around. the dvd player was tied into the stereo via the aux imput. for what i have into the system, it sounded pretty decent.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...dbd07b7ddf.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...41edc308e8.jpg

a map of the teton pass where we ride signed by all 31 people that showed for the reunion.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...20d07a17ae.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...5579455414.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...3889c19fec.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...721c1c45c4.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...e51343fd37.jpg

we removed emergency lights and ladder rack in an attempt to save some mpg's and built a 12 place snowboard rack off the hitch receiver.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...ce3ec4e0f9.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...9a9e6420db.jpg

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...e15fe0398f.jpg

closeup of the rack. it also held 2 coolers and a good sized bin, we just took them off while we were riding. yes thats a monoski, lol.

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...459b712875.jpg

a buddy offered his wheels and tires for the trip since mine are spent. so we were rolling on 35" bfg all terrains. they are a touch too big and did a little grinding on the bumper, but no damage was done to either.

we left town on friday morning at 7am and got to driggs by 1:30. unloaded the van, geared up, and hit the pass by 3pm. rode till dark and went back to the cabin (pictured above, sleeps 15) to make dinner and sit in the hot tub. rode, all day saturday and sunday as well. got up early on monday to meet a good friend that lives in driggs up on the pass to make some runs before we had to leave. stopped in if at fiesta ole for a quick lunch and made it home by 8pm.

we got great weather too. first 2 days were bluebird, then sat night we got 6-8". and another few inchs sunday night. pretty much had our usual runs all to ourselves all 4 days. we freaking wrecked the mtn, lol. Im waiting for pix and vids to be posted by everyone and ill pick the goods and post them up asap.

Pschitt 02-20-2013 02:58 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Looks better with the original front bumper !

shenrie 04-16-2013 05:55 PM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
^^^ thank you, I appreciate the compliment :a2:

hit a milestone...
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...0e9dca43c8.jpg

figured it was a good time for these:
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...ce92d36d4d.jpg

installed with some new black lugnuts:
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...76f352a958.jpg

also picked up all 4 pop out windows from a local pick & pull and had them tinted. installed with inner trims. 60/40's:
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...dce453be1a.jpg

& rear windows, along with debadged rear door. Id remove the ford emblem if there wasnt holes behind it :(
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...e8c49bb97e.jpg

also removed the 4x4 sticker from the sides, the quigley badges from each fender
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...e9a0fe3b23.jpg

after our trip, i realized something needed to be done to help with the ass of this thing waggin on the freeway. picked up a f350 rear sway and endlinks from pick & pull for 10 bucks. made a signifigant difference. well worth the 10 bucks. will shorten the endlinks and rotate upwards as soon as i can get it back in the shop. wouldnt fit in conventional spot due to the 46 gallon aftermarket tank.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...ba1bfdb22b.jpg

i know these are all trivial mods to you guys, but its exciting for us, lol.

AndrewST 04-17-2013 01:39 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Nice set up, like the surf rack specially the monoski :a1:
Missing using mine...

Spoolin 04-21-2013 03:34 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Great work on your Van. Looks like it's super convenient and worked out well for you and you buddies! Were you ever able to load those pics from your runs that weekend? What's the latest with the Van?

shenrie 04-22-2013 07:31 AM

Re: intro/build thread and our poorboy attempt at a smb.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AndrewST
Nice set up, like the surf rack specially the monoski :a1:
Missing using mine...

thanks! wish it was as far along as yours was. ive really been enjoying watching your build thread!

the rack ended up working out awesome, especially for only having a few hours into building it. im sure the "rack" part of it will come off the tray and it will resume its normal life on the back of a buddies landcruiser hauing camping gear till next season.

and that monoski kicked its owners ass, lol. he only did a few runs on it and traded it in for his newer setup. he was outnumbered by the knuckle draggers, but we all had a blast. i take it you have a monoski? not something that ever really took off around here, but youd see them once and a while dodging trees :a2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spoolin
Great work on your Van. Looks like it's super convenient and worked out well for you and you buddies! Were you ever able to load those pics from your runs that weekend? What's the latest with the Van?

thank you! and yes, very convenient. only thing i would have done personally was angle the bars more upwards so tie downs werent needed between runs, but work was done at a buddies workplace and they frowned on having non-employees in their shop so he just went for shit not having the van in front of him. either way, it was handy as hell. got a lot of thumbs up from people on the road. it even got the attention of an officer in driggs. he pulled us over for supposidly speeding. my speedo said 49 and he said we were going 65 in a 55 zone. we call bs. he just assumed with 12 snowboards on back that it would be a vehicle full of potsmoking boarders (and 20 years ago he would have been right, lol), but no such luck for him. i didnt have a registration or proof of insurance and he let me go with a warning.

i didnt bother with pix as there was pretty much zero intrest. but ill take some time to load them onto photobucket cause the direct links from our dropbox account wont seem to work on this forum for some reason and post a few up since you asked. my buddys pix turned out really good imho.

tony
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...4a9d8e7e18.jpg

mike
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...9aeb049ce0.jpg

mike on his head
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...d82fa80649.jpg

me
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...eaa51eee0a.jpg

me again
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...73c2c4e3fd.jpg

jason
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...3d449c46c6.jpg

tonys son devin
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...42e5e587ae.jpg

my wife, crystal
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...ecfaea3398.jpg

boz
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...e76fa78040.jpg

boz again (this is one of my fav shots)
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...9c49c2f39e.jpg

bob (lives in victor)
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...5aeff02f50.jpg

andrew
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...a374041485.jpg

groupshot
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...432b15a0f1.jpg

a panaramic from inside van in transit
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/att...d4412c5a2e.jpg


latest with van is its out of gas, lol. BUT, i actually sold our racecar yesterday so i now have what i need to get us a poptop going sooner than expected. gonna sit on the cash for a bit as my job isnt all that stable atm, but the research begins full throttle now :l1:


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