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Im Back in a VAN after many years. this will be my build thread for my personal van from a guy who has built sprinters and overland trucks professionally. ill explain some

i got the van buzz a long long time ago before "vanlife" and "overland" was ever a thing. my first van was a 66 VW Kombi split window bus i did a full ground up restoration on over a 5 year period. i got a hair up my *** one day and sold it in 20 minutes online before i could even rethink my decision

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Then i got into VW Vanagon Syncros (4X4 VW vans), actually during ther same time i had the split window. I ended up building 6 of them. Basically when i wanted to start redoing something i would just sell it and build another one from scratch. most got converted to subaru power, 2.2l, 2.2l turbo, 2.5l and my favorite one was the big subaru H6 3.3l form the SVX. i never should have sold that van. i even converted one hard top to westfalia poptop, lots of cutting and welding and bodywork.

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anyway, my wife kind of got tired of me always working on these VW's (as anyone who has owned one knows) and i decided to chase after something i always pined after--7.3L diesel ford econoline 4x4!. i found a fairly decent one, had a colorado camper van pop top installed and built out the interior
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long story short, i wasnt in love with it and decided to put a Four Wheel Popup camper on my shop truck and sell the econoline. Talking to the dealer in Colorado (where i lived for 22 years) when i was ordering it, he needed help at the shop. I ended up being shop manager selling and servicing four wheel campers for 4 years part time since i had my own business. we grew the shop from just a four wheel camper shop to a full overland shop setting up all kinds of trucks and offgrid trailers. I've built so many rigs for people to explore the world in.. this included sprinter work. I still have my four wheel camper, on a different truck now, but love it. Transit has some big shoes to fill!

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fast forward, i move to Quebec canada, spend over a year building a house and eventually start working at a local shop building Sprinter vans into campers, kind of elaborate ones--way to elaborate for me. should have seen the electrical system in the last one i built--crazy and crazy $.

all this time im thinking how much i think i would prefer the transit platform, but AWD or Quigley is a must. When the AWD option finally became available i ordered one almost immediately and finally received it yesterday
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my plan is to build an "overland" style camper, everything you need and nothing you dont. definitely some luxuries, but not over the top. I've accumulated quite a bit of supplies while waiting for the van and ready to get started (as soon as my CR Lawrence windows show up)

i own or have owned a shop that is pretty weird (keeps me from being bored) that does automotive upholstery, motorcycle mechanic, metal fabricator, and vintage auto restoration. so this is kind of an experiment for me to test the viability of the Transit and maybe help others. ill try to keep a good log going
 

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2017, cargo, 130inch, mr, dbl sliders, 3.2 dsl, 3.31 rear end, used 13.5k mi.
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I'm watching you coguzzi; I'm really watching you...
When the new rig becomes passe (some luxuries, but not over the top), please let me know. I pay cash. Kudos to those who can fabricate and are not politicians.
 

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Welcome. It certainly seems that you have the right background to tackle this Transit in the right fashion.

Craig
 

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not a whole lot to report since i seem to be missing/waiting for 1 component out of everything i want to get started on. such is life building a van is this weird time.

so ive been doing a lot of measuring and redrawing since i lost 4" from my plan now that i have a real van. stupid driver seat and long legs--ha.
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but its been like Christmas around the last few days, getting to know the delivery guys/gals well (even if i dont speak french well yet).
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and the shelf is getting full. NO, the microwave IS NOT going in the van, its the shop microwave which i havent plugged in yet
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