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Old 03-18-2010, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Does anybody know anything about these conversions. I have been to the many web sites on google but not info I need.

Are they as good as they claimto be? Also how would you determine what one is worth?

I found a 2000 model E250 Ford Hightop with 88,000 miles and in excellent body shape on outside but interior needs replaced. Needs new tires and has 17 inch wheels. The 4x4 runs strong accordi ng to dealer and said they were asking 6,000.00 but would consider lower offers.

These vans cost in the mid 40's to 80's and are well made. The banks don't have a clue.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Does anybody know anything about these conversions. I have been to the many web sites on google but not info I need.

Are they as good as they claimto be? Also how would you determine what one is worth?

I found a 2000 model E250 Ford Hightop with 88,000 miles and in excellent body shape on outside but interior needs replaced. Needs new tires and has 17 inch wheels. The 4x4 runs strong accordi ng to dealer and said they were asking 6,000.00 but would consider lower offers.

These vans cost in the mid 40's to 80's and are well made. The banks don't have a clue.

Thanks for any info.
These 4x4 conversion vans are whole lotta heartache when new and they get worse as they age when it comes to parts for repair and finding someone to take on the task doing the repair when needed.

If it were me I take the stars outta my eyes and just buy a regular 4x4 truck, with a topper to close in the bed, and be very glad I didn't buy that 4x4 van.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Not true about parts, or reliability.

I have owned 3 Ford Vans with Quigley conversions. They use mostly stock Ford parts right off the shelf for their conversions and have been since they started doing them back in the 70's. You happen to break something it is EASY to get a replacement part. It is either a stock Ford part from the same model year 4X4 truck, or a quick call to Quigley will have one on it's way. That being said, I never had a problem with any of the vans I had when it came to reliability. 2 of them went well over 175,000 miles without a major problem, and zero problems with the drivetrain. 1 had the crappy Ford E4OD tranny which died, but that was a transmission problem and was fairly common on everything that had that transmission installed. It had nothing to do with the conversion.

We had one for a work van at a company I worked for and we beat the living daylights out of that thing, it kept together for many years before the motor gave out. We ran it up and down ski hills, towed heavy trailers with it, loaded it way beyond what we should have, and it still kept going for almost 12 years. If they are so unreliable I highly doubt FedEx would continue to buy them year after year.

As for price, hard telling really. You might want to check the Quigley website and see if there is any FSBO vans about the same to get a close value.
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