We just bought a 1997 E350 Club Wagon the beginning of this week and getting everything base lined. I'll keep a "before" & current shot in the first thread here to make easy reference on progress. We got this out of necessity for space, my son turned 14 in March 2010 and is already over 6'2", the LX450 just didn't fit us any longer. We pondered the best route to go, making sure it wasn't something we could outgrow as I'm really tired of buying & selling vehicles. A full size van was something we owned in the past and there is plenty of room for everything & everyone, so it was decided that if it would be our family/towing/expedition rig it had to have some weight and hauling capacity so the search began for one equipped with a diesel. We put out the feelers and started searching the classifieds, dozens came up and we kept narrowing it down until we found this steal of a deal up in Annapolis. The second owner was downsizing from this to a Sequoia because her daycare business slowed with the economy, so we picked it up for a cool $3k. Its got a well maintained 7.3 PowerStroke and runs great. There are 271K miles on it but it runs every bit as good as my old '01 F250. I'll update the thread with a build list and more details, but for now this is it - our "keeper".
Our current goal is to do a U-Joint 4x4 conversion and have a dual purpose rig setup for daily use, and have a camper setup that can be installed in short notice for weekend camping getaways.
Pic finally added, taken today (10/24/2010) when we stopped to check out Lake Orange in VA.