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Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 02-23-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Posted By TomsBeast
If I remember right, a guy was parting out his...

If I remember right, a guy was parting out his collection of OBS (older body style) E-series 4x4 Van conversion parts
Forum: Campfire 02-23-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 854
Posted By TomsBeast
Yeah, no kidding. I watched the whole Harley...

Yeah, no kidding. I watched the whole Harley thing go up and down like a roller coaster over the years.



There will always be the hard core faithful, still camping, exploring, building, even...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 02-22-2021, 07:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,605
Posted By TomsBeast
Progress made

I finished the mounts, and cut the opening through both walls of the body sheet metal to create an opening. I also trimmed out the opening for the access door. Measure, cut, grind, fit, weld, grind,...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 02-21-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,259
Posted By TomsBeast
Excellent advice!

Excellent advice!
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 02-21-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,259
Posted By TomsBeast
I'm on the other side of this... from the pics,...

I'm on the other side of this... from the pics, the shop looks about average by Baja Mexico standards.



If I understand right, the mechanic was trying to get you in and out, back on the road,...
Forum: 4x4 02-21-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,080
Posted By TomsBeast
I've had the rear drum brakes on my '95 E350...

I've had the rear drum brakes on my '95 E350 (Dana 60 rear axle) apart and I've gone through them like 3 times, Don't get me wrong, drum brakes are fantastic when done right, plenty good for...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 02-16-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,605
Posted By TomsBeast
Thread back from the dead:

I procrastinated installing that 12" diameter propane tank for so long, that I came across a Manchester p/n 6814 10" diameter x 32" long, 8 gallon tank removed from a Sportsmobile. I cleaned up the...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 02-16-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By TomsBeast
Try Fastenal ...

Try Fastenal


https://www.fastenal.com/en/3088/blf-request


One guy says the cost is about half UPS or FedEx


https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/cheap-shipping-fastenal.1146147/
Forum: General Sportsmobile 02-13-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By TomsBeast
Sounds like a great deal for someone wanting an...

Sounds like a great deal for someone wanting an entry level 4x4 E series, leave it empty and enjoy it, or build it out as you go. Pics and more detail will help. Good luck with the sale!
Forum: General Sportsmobile 02-02-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 822
Posted By TomsBeast
Observation deck, intended for race trailers: ...

Observation deck, intended for race trailers:


Check this out


https://bit.ly/2As5Kvz...
Forum: Hobbyist Vendor Products 02-02-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,826
Posted By TomsBeast
Wow, those are pretty cool indeed. Particularly...

Wow, those are pretty cool indeed. Particularly in light of the question "How can you place your bed sideways across and E-series van?" that comes up a fair amount.
Forum: General Sportsmobile 01-26-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,452
Posted By TomsBeast
I read the article: Typical bull$hit whiny lil'...

I read the article: Typical bull$hit whiny lil' bitch blogger... city dweller that never camped a day in his life, so he rents a van in the dead of winter with the intention to write and article, oh...
Forum: 4x4 01-21-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,930
Posted By TomsBeast
DW is an interesting topic, and damned...

DW is an interesting topic, and damned frustrating to track down the source of and eliminate. My old slightly lifted leaf sprung Suzuki Samurai suffered it, only after I added a bunch of camping junk...
Forum: 4x4 01-21-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,930
Posted By TomsBeast
Post up a video, or I'm claiming it never...

Post up a video, or I'm claiming it never happened! :n5:
Forum: 4x4 01-19-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,941
Posted By TomsBeast
I find having 4x4 eases my anxiety when in the...

I find having 4x4 eases my anxiety when in the back country. In my old 2x4 tuck, if it started to rain and the trail might be muddy, I'd end my trip early and head to firm ground. With 4x4 under my...
Forum: Campfire 12-17-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By TomsBeast
In the same area as Kelso Dunes, I can recommend...

In the same area as Kelso Dunes, I can recommend the Hole-in-the-wall campground, in Mojave National Preserve. Easy road, pit toilets, kid friendly short loop hike nearby with some ladder and rings...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 11-19-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,566
Posted By TomsBeast
Is adding a 45gal, or adding second tank between...

Is adding a 45gal, or adding second tank between the frame rails completely out of the question?



I just went through this with my Russian Ural w/sidecar, that stock only holds 18l (4.6-ish US...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 10-13-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By TomsBeast
I'd get into to a shop where they can get it up...

I'd get into to a shop where they can get it up on a lift and check a few things.



When my van pulls to one side, the first think I check is for a 'hung up' brake caliper, which will cause...
Forum: 4x4 10-13-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,312
Posted By TomsBeast
That's a point often missed when calculating fuel...

That's a point often missed when calculating fuel economy on a re-geared rig. Your 'miles driven' can be 10% greater than you are giving yourself credit for. Using percentage is a great way to...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 09-27-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By TomsBeast
A 4x4 build out is a TON of work. Sure, it will...

A 4x4 build out is a TON of work. Sure, it will attract more buyers and fetch a higher price, but you'd almost have to put a zero value on your time and skinned knuckles, to just break even, if you...
Forum: 4x4 09-27-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,122
Posted By TomsBeast
Hey Jeff, I really like the urethane bump stops,...

Hey Jeff, I really like the urethane bump stops, the tall shape with voids make them a gradual/soft hit



I only tackled the front so far.



Page 1 has some shots. I didn't take a bunch of...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 09-27-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,275
Posted By TomsBeast
The shop who originally converted mine to 4x4...

The shop who originally converted mine to 4x4 used a mix-n-match of UJOR parts, Ford Truck, and van parts for the front axle conversion. For lower shock mounts, they used the stock cast iron ones.
...
Forum: 4x4 09-01-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By TomsBeast
these guys ...

these guys


https://www.transmissionpartsdistributors.com/bw1356-bw1370-bw4401/
Forum: General Sportsmobile 09-01-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,106
Posted By TomsBeast
I'll just leave this here... ...

I'll just leave this here...



https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/forums/members/5674-albums1366-picture41516.jpg
Forum: 4x4 09-01-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By TomsBeast
If I'm not mistaken, that's the plug for the dash...

If I'm not mistaken, that's the plug for the dash indicator light, that let's you know you are in 4x4, and 4x4 low. I use the same t-case in mt 1995, but no plug or harness, as my dash has no...
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