UJOR Build Thread

ujoint

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The front fenders came in today, so I delivered them & checked up on the Ranger. They plan to lay the paint down Friday/Sat.

 

ujoint

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Will do!!

I've been on the road for 2 days, picking up 2 vans. We left AVL Wed @ noon in our fine rental car (Chevy HHR) and headed north towards Washington DC. It's funny how this trip worked out..... A friend of mine in LA has been searching for the perfect van, and he's had a few slip out from under him over the last few months. Well, this one didn't! 09 E350 6.0, 76K on the clock, cargo, barn doors, located in Silver Springs MD. I offered to pick it up & keep it here in NC until he can come get it. We've been assembling parts for a few months, he's got everything ready to go for this major transformation. I'll start a build thread as he makes progress. (hint.... Vanaconda clone!)

So Mikey's van pickup has been on my schedule for a week or two. I've also been talking to a customer in TX, and he too was searching for the perfect van. Well guess what? He found it...... in northern VA!!!!! Just south of DC. 08 E350, brand new, still sitting on the lot. Someone had to order this van & then back out because of the options. It 's a cargo V10 with every option including rear air. Really nice van, I picked it up with 140 miles on the odo. The build plan is this: UJOR 4" conversion, stage 2 front axle, Sterling rear with an ARB, along with all of the other goodies.



I observed 13 mpg on the way home. Not 100% accurate. I didn't refill the fuel tank completely since I'll be dropping it for the 4x4 conversion.

And here's Mike's 09



This van impressed me, 19 mpg!!!!!!

Here they are together as I gave the V10 enough fuel to make it home

 

Brad Kilby

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So does this mean I should be keeping my eye out for similar vans here on the west coast for you Chris? That new '08 was a nice find!
 

ujoint

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So does this mean I should be keeping my eye out for similar vans here on the west coast for you Chris? That new '08 was a nice find!
Always! I'm not looking for any, but someone else always is. Especially 7.3's.

And he scored a NICE price on that 08. Over 10K off sticker.
 

Brad Kilby

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Hey Terry! Long time no talk definitely! Yeah, sold the Jeep business and still doing the aviation thing. Got me an Astro Van I'm gonna start building pretty soon. I've been doing some work on it to get it in good mechanical condition and now that it is, it's time to modify. :wings: Gonna hit Death Valley in a couple of weeks first though! After that, we lift it. I'm not gonna go crazy on the interior stuff, but I do plan on making bumpers etc for it. Wanna help? :)
 

RocKrawler

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Hey Terry! Long time no talk definitely! Yeah, sold the Jeep business and still doing the aviation thing. Got me an Astro Van I'm gonna start building pretty soon. I've been doing some work on it to get it in good mechanical condition and now that it is, it's time to modify. :wings: Gonna hit Death Valley in a couple of weeks first though! After that, we lift it. I'm not gonna go crazy on the interior stuff, but I do plan on making bumpers etc for it. Wanna help? :)
Planning on bumpers and more myself, sure I can help if we can mesh our schedules - might give me some ideas and inspiration! Did you end up with the green poptop in the classifieds a while back?

Oh yeah, what is "******"?
For The Win!
 
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Brad Kilby

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Terry, No, I ended up buying a "hail damaged" rig out of Glendale Az. It was suppose to be a salvaged title but my title doesn't show any salvaged history on it. I got it pretty cheap so that was a good thing.

Chris, I just follow the leader. All I know is we're starting off in Big Pine and driving for 3 days. :smiley_drive: It'll be a good shake down run for the Mystro Van!
 

ujoint

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Man, this thing is bright! I couldn't take the picture head on, it hurts too bad! Here it is during the 1st test.---

 
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