1978 ford quadravan
A local British Columbia company produces the Clydesdale Conversion for GM and Ford I believe, and has been around since the ’80’s at least.

Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The environmental firm I once worked for bought a new ’82 4WD Dodge van for field work. And they look ugly. I also don’t know if any of them might still be in the system. Now If I was building an expedition rig A Nantucket with the Quadravan and high top conversion like this one would be at the top of my list. I did use it for quite a while Gorilla taped together until I found a suitable replacement.

A great engine, but obviously also a thirsty one. I can’t remember whether any of them had raised roofs as I was never an ambulance driver. MSD high, energy ignition, rebuilt Holley carburetor, new exhaust. I don’t know the numbers, but suspect the CG height isn’t as bad as one would think. Paint is rough with, rust around windshield and roof pillers but overall the body is in great, | I'm a bot | For bug reports, suggestions, or if you want me in your sub message ^/u/Vendigroth |. Quadravans were built by Pathfinder, which apparently survived the 1980-1982 downturn, only to go belly up in 1991, another difficult year for RVs. It’s too bad that Ford cancelled their E Series vans for light duty use. I do not believe they went to a modern steering column-mounted key until either 1980 or 81.

Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. I am looking for a van to take 7-10 day or slightly longer trips in, but not to live in full time. In my world the 2wd versions were awesome highway cruisers. 1972 Ford Ranchero 500; 1978 Ford Quadravan; 1973 Ford Bronco; 1970 Ford Bronco; 1975 Ford Pinto Wagon; 1969 Torino 428 Cobra Jet; 1976 Ford Pinto Turbo; 1957 Ford Country Sedan; 1971 Mustang Convertible; 1980 Ford Granada; 1980 Ford Pinto; 1985 Ford LTD SSP; 1964 Ford Galaxie; 1967 Ford Mustang; 1973 Pinto Wagon 2016 (197) December (10) November (12) October (9) September … This grille (if original) would make this no newer than 1978. Needs TLC Make: Ford Year: 1978 Mileage: 112,000 Color: White Mountain View, California, United States. Needless to say, these still have a pretty strong following, and it’s undoubtedly worth a whole lot more than if it were just a 2WD Econoline from this vintage. What in particular did you not like about the Transit that the E-Series did better? He’d dig it, I sure do. Car is located Somerset Calif, lose to Placerville. Also remember that the older vehicles 50s-60s run right up to about 100k then die they just don't last as long as these newer engines being that it's a 78 I don't know what side of the fence that puts it on but it has less safety equipment and that van is the only thing between you and the rest of the world so choose wisely. Curbside Review: 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT – The Boost Is Back, Baby! 1978 Ford E350 4x4 Van - Quadravan,1 Owner, 112,000 miles - RARE!! Would be cheaper and better on mpg too. And a minor nit, this generation of Econoline began with the 1975 models. https://www.reddit.com/r/vandwellers/wiki/index, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Perhaps a Van Charger ? MSD high. California,4X4?

Just needs hoses, adiator, ranny lines, acume lines, rackets & pumps, einstalled. I’ve had nothing but E Series Fords in my business for over 25 years and they have been the most durable and reliable vehicles I’ve experienced. I'd be interested in seeing what the maintenance schedule had been like. A friend’s dad had a 76 Granada that color – it was hard to make a Granada ugly in 1976, but that color about did it. Just needs hoses, adiator, ranny lines, acume lines, rackets & pumps, einstalled. A SOLID RUST FREE SO. Nice van and it'd make an awesome mystery machine, but mpg and not to say old=p.o.s but with something that old on a long trip I'd be worried about the gaskets more than throwing a rod. As pool vehicles, they weren’t particularly well maintained, but they also rarely – if ever – saw salt and didn’t go many miles. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 1981 Ford E-Series Van FORD E250 QUADRAVAN W/PATHFINDER 4X4 | Used Cars for Sale. According to the forums I visited last night, they do quite well off-road, except for tight turns. I am like some others that wonder how good of an idea 4wd is on something with such a high center of gravity. The 460 is ubiquitous. Except for the likelihood of slightly taller tires, the axles remain low and the frame and powertrain are only slightly lifted. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the vandwellers community, Tips and tricks for living in your van, car or truck. Body has minor rust around front windshield. 17” mag wheels, dometic fridge/freezer, new Propex Furnace, 10 gal road shower, front end bushings have been replaced with poly bushings.

Interior needs cleaning, ut fairly good otherwise. Incredible project for someone with the time. energy ignition, rebuilt Holley carburetor, new exhaust. That was the name on some in that time frame. When the old folks were cruising down US 27 in Florida, the appearance of this thing in their mirrors gave them something to think about. QOTD: What Winter Prep Do You Perform on Your Car(s). 84K, 460 big block, C6 transmission, Dana 60 rear end. You're looking for trouble with a carbureted vehicle, unless you are a muscle car person or have extensive knowledge of carburetors. Yep, Quigley sells converted Nissan, GM, and Ford vans.

Hello, I have a 1978 Ford Pathfinder Quadravan.. Those were boom years for the whole RV industry, until the second energy crisis put the kibosh to it. Just a little warning. Handling? I suppose one reason was that they didn’t want to siphon off sales of Suburbans and Ramchargers and Broncos, but this would have been an unexplored niche. Runs great! Your email address will not be published. Four wheel drive conversion vans mostly got their start with the new generation of vans that date back to 1971 for the Chevrolet and Dodge, and to the 1975 Econoline. 1978 Ford 4x4 Van $5000 (Culver City) Imgur Mirror Link. Interior needs cleaning, ut fairly good otherwise. Has anyone out there seen a Big Old RV 4X4 ?

This van has real fixer-up potential. That’s exactly my point–the Transit has been proven superior (though as you said, reliability is still up in the air after only 2 model years, and looks are subjective). I know the FORD lettering remained on the hood until 1982-83 when the blue oval appeared on the grille. There’s a lot of tall 4×4 military and Unimog-type trucks that are used in pretty extreme situations. I absolutely hate the Transit van that replaced the legendary E Series. And wow did I hate that strange color of beige that Ford was using in those years. Note that most of them didn’t have the high roof, although that’s fiberglass. I love vans and have had one for decades (not the same one). Will help transport for a reasonable price, ou can call me at (650) 766 7930 for more info, lease leave a message I will get right back to you.

Visit our FAQ to jumpstart your journey! In the end, the divergent use cases didn’t afford the expected savings and added unexpected complexity and cost so it was killed. GM did sell an AWD version of the current-gen full-size vans, not sure if they still do, though these weren’t raised much if at all and weren’t intended for off-road use. Parts are not rare for this machine. I took a Transit for a test drive and wasn’t impressed in the least.

American Brands: AMC, Jeep and All Others, Tractors, Lawn Mowers, Off-Road Equipment, Neighborhood Outtake: Ford Econoline 4×4 Quadravan – Conversion Van x2, Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Dodge A100 and L600 Hanging Out Together. . Prior to the HMMWV, the Army had quite a few 4WD vans of various makes and vintages that were typically outfitted as field ambulances.

Good goin Ford you struck out on that one. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 1978 Ford E350 4x4 Van - Quadravan, Owner - Needs to be put together, verything included. I thought the Transit had proven itself superior in most all ways…though reliability is unknown at this point and looks will always be subjective. I think there have been several companies that converted full-size vans into 4WD besides this one though. Paul, you are right about the desirability of these 4×4 conversions. The extended top looks just like the one on my old van and it is even a similar color scheme, though mine was a plain old 2wd 150 with the 351 which got the job done. Talk about unappealing…, The Econ-O-Master would know the year that grille ended. Many are surprised that these vans from the late 70s retained the age-old Ford habit of putting the ignition key on the left side of the dash.

Paul, One more thing, a 460cc engine will SUCK on MPG. That kinda looks like Campervan Kevin’s (Youtuber) old campervan. As these were considered administrative use vehicles – despite being an ambulance – the normal rule for replacement was 7 years and 70k miles. Fuel efficiency? Yes maintenance schedules and it's not even EFI.

FYI, I believe Quigley also sells dealer orderable 4wd Nissan conversions as well as the Transit.

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