Though we love the Syncro Vanagon that's currently housed in the Moto Roster HQ garage, there's something to be said for taking the same 4x4 van recipe and amping it up in every possible way. The Quigley conversions are the gold-standard for these Ford-based adventurers, but this homemade F-250 meets E-150 mash-up looks like it's up to just about any task.
Currently setup as a camper, the seller says they lived out of it for 8 trouble free months on a trip from Canada to Cabo. It comes fully stocked with everything from an ARB fridge, aux battery, and 1500 watt inverter to bedding and kitchenware. The powered vent fan is very nice addition that is easy to overlook.
Not too many shots are provided of the inside, but we'd probably plan on stripping it out for a good cleaning before outfitting it to our liking. Even if the interior gets "gutted", the underpinnings are all there for a quick cosmetic build out. It's funny how this starts to sound more like a house renovation than automotive work.
Dropping a van body onto an existing 4x4 platform is nothing new, and we imagine that fitting this E-150 body on an F-250 high boy frame didn't require too much modification. Our understanding of what constitutes a highboy has always been a bit fuzzy, but we're guessing it puts this frame in the pre-77 range. The Dana HP 44 axle should be more than up to the task up front and the 61 in the back provides at least the slightest nod towards acknowledging fuel usage.
A 5.8 liter fuel injected 351W with 18k miles on it has been matched to a newer transmission with an HD torque converter. Headers and a new exhaust will make sure this thing has an audible presence beyond it's physical one. The 4 core aluminum radiator should keep the small block cool while hauling all of this mass around, and new brakes and brake lines all around should help reign it in.
Dual fuel tanks should give you enough range to see what kind of trouble this 4x4 can get you into. 33 inch tires and the existing F-250 setup gives what looks to be at least 12 inches of ground clearance so we'd imagine that there aren't too many places this couldn't crawl into.
This van seems well setup and tested for real world usage, even including a safe bolted directly to the frame. If a Westy isn't quite right, and you're looking to join the #VanLife world in a big way, this could be just the ticket.
Find this 4x4 van on eBay in San Jose, CA.
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