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This Van Followed Me Home

I had been looking for a van to use as a service truck keep tools and stuff in so when I go on a repair call I don’t have to load and unload my other vehicle. Wanted a Ford because I generally like them and if before I die I decide I need to convert it to 4wd fords are easiest. Saw one looking pathetic for a month or so and finally asked around to see who owned it. Property had been sold and the new owner wanted it gone. Then I got a text saying I had to move it before this Friday morning. Crap. Won’t fit on my trailer. Got a battery and some tools and went over there. Would start and run while pouring gas in the carb. Put five gallons in the rear tank but it still wouldn’t pull any to the carb. Crawled under it and saw a split rubber hose at the electric fuel tank solenoid valve. Replaced that and drove it twenty miles home.
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I have been known to sometimes sing “The Hero of Canton” song from the tv show ‘Firefly’ while making breakfast on a weekend morning....
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Good deal. When I was a kid, I worked for my dad's cousin who's a diesel/farm mechanic. He and his brothers had 3 Aerostars they used for just this purpose. They were fun to drive too!
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Sweet van man!

I've got a 99 econoline 250 myself. I've pimped it out too, with lots of stuff from the JY. Swivel seats, new console, pop out windows and window protection grates, etc. Its my DD right now and my camping/fishing/hunting vehicle. Got carpet on the back floor, some 12v outlets, USB outlets, and a power inverter.

What motor does it have?

Look at that flex!
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I’m not home now so I haven’t looked at the vin sticker. Assumed it was a 302 but it pulls really well on the highway in overdrive so it could be a 351. Interior is totally trashed but I don’t care at this point. “It was Free”, so I can gut it and fix it up at my leisure. Supposed to get the title in a few days. Removing the running boards and replacing the missing side door glass will be first...😳🙄

I have been known to sometimes sing “The Hero of Canton” song from the tv show ‘Firefly’ while making breakfast on a weekend morning....
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Haha mine was 600 because it had just gotten new tires! It was our paint delivery van for 18 years. I ripped the shelves out, removed most of the bulkhead and started customizing. The biggest expense I have in it is the stereo, two speakers, and a 12" sub. That probably equals the amount I've spent on other stuff for it.

The passenger seat swivel is out of an 80s conversion van, and the single rear seat is on a swivel I made.

Even made hangers on the ceiling for my fishing poles.

I have plans to add two fold down bunks on the driver side for sleeping.

And of course in the back of my mind I want to make it a 4x4
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I named it “Adobe”. ��. I want to make a divider just aft of the seats so the heat and ac will have a chance of working. Wonding if the rear door is big enough to put a typical riding mower in?
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A shower curtain works well as a divider, so you can still see through and get through it.

My rear doors are 50" high and about the same wide.
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“It was Free”, so I can gut it and fix it up at my leisure.
Can't beat a deal like that! You're blessed to live in an area where the body stays in great shape. Around here it would be rotted out and not worth what you gave for that one
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Slightly off topic: When trying to get girls in the Van show them the candy or ? your bait for your kind/age of girl you want. When I was young and vans offered candy they never had decent candy or unopened to show so I never got in one.

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The way it is now nobody in their right mind would get in it for any reason.! Underhood sticker says its a 302. Shocks are so gone it feels like a boat. Still can’t believe how well it runs...pretty sure the engine is better than the one in my bronco. (That one needs bearings). Definitely need rotors and master cylinder. Power steering pump (saginaw), is really noisy. Ac compressor has no belt. None of the lights work. In the afternoon light it looks kinda flesh colored, maybe I should change it’s name to Tits...as in tits up!, cause that’s how I found it!🤣
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I would take my van to this place... The annual van meet.

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I named it “Adobe”. ��. I want to make a divider just aft of the seats so the heat and ac will have a chance of working. Wonding if the rear door is big enough to put a typical riding mower in?
I put one in my work van a few years back. You can buy them already made to fit with a locking pass through door for a couple a hundred bucks.
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I put one in my work van a few years back. You can buy them already made to fit with a locking pass through door for a couple a hundred bucks.
Mine had one, but it was beat to hell and the door wasnt on it anymore. Check Adrian Steel for those things. Plus the top half was a grate so no AC or heat was kept up front. Our new van has one too, and my uncle just took a huge piece of cardboard, and put a piece of plexiglass in it for rearview purposes. Then he zip tied it to the divider. Keeps all the conditioned air up front.
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had a van for awhile (x 2)...was an econoline with handicap lift in it. the other was a true cargo type. hauling gas cans or gas powered stuff in it sucked...smell all the way up front. opening windows in back would have been preferred. sorta nice to have a van, but I don't miss it.
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2 spares?? Are you sure thats gonna be enough????
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I had an 1982 Beauville. V8. Think I was 20. A lot of good memories in that van...
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had a van for awhile (x 2)...was an econoline with handicap lift in it. the other was a true cargo type. hauling gas cans or gas powered stuff in it sucked...smell all the way up front. opening windows in back would have been preferred. sorta nice to have a van, but I don't miss it.
Another good reason to have a divider in it...

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Another good reason to have a divider in it...
cargo van did have divider. Adrian Steel with the door between so I could still haul 12' sheet rock. Still wasn't perfect. Traveling for an hour each way for work hauling gas powered chit was less than ideal... Sold that Van after 7K miles.

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cargo van did have divider. Adrian Steel with the door between so I could still haul 12' sheet rock. Still wasn't perfect. Traveling for an hour each way for work hauling gas powered chit was less than ideal... Sold that Van after 7K miles.
...but with modern “spill-free” gas cans🤬🤬it’s all good right? I may have rig it uo tight with vents in the back with screens, hope to bring home a swarm of bees when I get a call for that...😳
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You can get the pop out windows for the rear doors. 80s models in particular had a plethora of them. Mine were $10 each at the JY

Another option is eTrailer.com who offers many different vents. If you look at a USPS mail truck, they have a rectangular vent on the rear quarter panel. They can pop open either forward or backward, allowing forced fresh air intake or vacuum assisted exhaust from the cab.

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Vents-an...line/9106.html
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