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Old 05-06-2008
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New project ATV van

I just got a 88 E-250 van with a 4.9l 300 inline six. My goal is to turn it into a atv/camping rig. I am trying to research a way to lift it a little so I can get some 33's on it. This is my new project and I plan on keeping everyone updated. Just thought I would share because I'm really excited about it. Oh and here are a couple updated pics of the ranger as well. Let me know what you think.

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Old 05-06-2008
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hell of a project man, good luck to ya! Truck looks REALLY good too!
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Old 05-06-2008
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that van definitely has some potential! a body lift is the first thing that comes to mind. What suspension does it have? can probably get something that was designed for the f-250 for a lift...
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Old 05-06-2008
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Cool idea. If you're going to use it for camping, maybe you can put some sort of retractable sun shade on the side of it.
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Old 05-06-2008
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Sweet project, lifted vans are awesome.
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Old 05-06-2008
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Thanks everyone for the complements and any idea's are welcome. I have done my homework on lifting the van. Since it's two wheel drive, for now, I am going to do an old school pre-runner look. No one makes a kit for this year van. Camburg makes one for newer vans 93 and up. John from Autofab will make me a kit, but I have to send him my parts, he bends the beams for alignment, throws lift coils and beams in the box and sends it back to me, for $850 plus shipping and 2 new shocks. That’s a little to much for my budget but I'm sure its quality work and parts, so I'm going to try to do the same. The van has twin I-beam front suspension with king pins and different length beams. A local shop can bend the I-beams for alignment but I don’t know what springs to get? I was thinking E-350 springs with those 2inch cheapo coil spacers, but who knows how that would ride or handle. I have a feeling F-150 coil springs will work but don’t know for sure. So let me hear your ideas, oh and here are some pictures.

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I was thinking something like this for my paint sceme classic tutone ford

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should be a fun project.

i never knew those vans were available with an inline six.. must be slow as hell, lol. i drive a few with the 8s in them and they're slow, lol.
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Old 05-08-2008
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This could be a lot of fun! Keep us posted. Lifted vans rock.
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