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Thread: The Porkchop Express. 99 Ford E350.

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    Default The Porkchop Express. 99 Ford E350.

    I had another thread, but I am kind of going in another direction. Also a lot of things have happened in-between then and now.

    Earlier this month, I had all the cash saved up to do the conversion. I even e-mailed Chris @ UJOR to line up parts (sorry Chris). Then one of my bikes took a crap on me and I got tired of it and bought a new one. So... there went that cash.

    I had a few on going projects I had to finish. My teardrop camper and my bike. I was tired of having 5 projects going at one time. So now everything I've been fighting with for the last year is now done.

    Here is my camper. I have a few things I have to finish that will get done next week:

    I already finished the hatch that you see exposed.


    And I added fenders too!






    The van I am fixing to take advantage of.





    Plans for the van:

    UJOR 6" kit
    Custom built F/R bumpers.
    Custom built roof rack with LED's.
    OBA System
    Train horns
    On board water system.
    Driver's side passenger window.
    Rear seats.
    And a bunch of crap I can't think of.
    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    The first thing I wanted to do before I started on the 4WD conversion is F/R bumpers, roof rack, and side ladder.

    There is a awesome thread on this forum about DIY roof racks: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...made-Roofracks

    Lots of guys are using electrical conduit. Which is galvanized, dangerous, and make for horrible welds. At HD, one 10ft. piece of conduit is $5.89 : http://www.homedepot.com/p/Allied-Tu...l#.UcsEuZz2Ci0

    I was quoted for a 1" steel 20' length 16ga tubing from my local steel yard is $11.50. Which will weld better because I will be TIG welding it. And a 4'x8' sheet of expanded metal is $48.00 a piece. I'll need two of those.

    I want a rack strong enough to hold a few people when we are at the races. And I think that will do fine if I use enough supports. Also, I am going to try the XJ roof gutter mounts. I hope they work...

    http://www.jcroffroad.com/product/RCK/RCKMNTS.html

    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    Interested on how those roof rack mounts work out. I had seen those posted before, I thought they looked good. I figured that's the way I'd go when the time came.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirelmurphy View Post
    Interested on how those roof rack mounts work out. I had seen those posted before, I thought they looked good. I figured that's the way I'd go when the time came.

    Good luck.
    Thanks. I am curious too. I ordered 8 of them. Hopefully they will work. If they don't, I will just sell them on here.

    No biggie.
    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    The roof rack mounts came in. Since they are made for a Jeep, I wasn't sure if they would work for my van. It was kind of a crap shoot. Luckily, they do.

    What came in the box:



    Mounted on the van:




    Soon, I'll start on the rack. But back to work for 20 days first.
    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    I'm kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The front seal is leaking on my transmission. I'd hate to get it rebuilt without putting the 4WD tail housing on it. Because that means in the next couple of months, I would have to pay to get it done again.

    I wonder if I can just get it rebuilt and put the T-case and new drive shaft on before I do the conversion? And just keep the T-case in 2H?
    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    I don't see why you couldn't. You will need shorten the fuel tank too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknudtsen View Post
    I don't see why you couldn't. You will need shorten the fuel tank too.
    I forgot about having to shorten the fuel tank.

    I am going to try to hustle and get the axles built soon. So I can knock it all out at one time. If not, I'll have to go with plan A.
    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    First things first.

    Since I am on a boat for another 3 weeks, my buddy is doing a car stereo install for me.

    I am putting a double DIN head unit in and a back up camera.

    A camera like this:

    http://www.rearviewsystems.com/rvscc77150.html





    This head unit:

    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DDX4...od-DDX470.html



    And cruise control:

    http://www.thecruisecontrolstore.com...9904evandiesel

    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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    I did the two rear doors with Durabak bed liner.

    2000 Ford E-350 7.3L EXT
    2016 Aprilia Touno Factory 1100

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