It's a 1992 Ford E250 SportsMobile 4x4 Panel Van!
by Blue Thunder
(Washington, NC USA)
I found this ride listed for sale that had been posted earlier at my web site about a year ago. I liked it then, but it was located in California, but now it was housed in New Jersey. After a couple phone calls and a lot of negotiating, I became the next owner of this 1992 Ford SportsMobile pop-top 4x4 van.
It's a Quigley 4x4 conversion, EFI 351ci V8 engine, A/T, electronic transfer case, Dana 44 front-rear and a Dana 60 rear with a locker installed for positive traction. This van has the stock 2" suspension lift from Quigley, rides on new LT 285/75/16" BFG All Terrain TA's (FOR SALE) and new Eagle Alloys Series 055 Alloy custom rims (FOR SALE). It has all the factory accessories (PS, PW, PDL, CC, TW, air bag) and an awesome Pioneer Premier Super III AM/FM/CD tuner which thumps thru an 800 Watt Kenwood KAC-7202 amp running to a pair of 12" Kenwood KFC-W3009 sub woofers. It also has mounted to the front bumper, a set of Hella 550 driving lights with stone guards, a set of roof racks, rear ladder (later removed), Uniden Pro 538W CB radio, interior fluorescent lighting and a 2" sq. receiver.
This van had a lot of miles logged on her, 182,000 plus miles to be exact, so a good going over with a lot of TLC was in order. To keep the juices flowing I enlisted "The Gear Doctor", Ted of Ted's Automotive to install a new 130 amp high output alternator. Next, to accept all that extra juice, Ted put in a new Interstate main battery and then I replaced the auxiliary battery with a Power Connection marine deep cell battery. Having some intermittent running problems, I asked Ted to check it out and he traced the problem back to a weak fuel pump. Once found, Ted high pressure cleaned the gas tank of the floating garbage and he then installed a new Ford fuel pump to keep her running strong. Next, a good tune-up was in order. So Ted replaced the wires, cap, rotor, plugs, all the filters and adjusted the timing chain. WoW, what a difference! All kinds of power now! To compliment this tune-up I have installed oversized dual exhaust from the new Megnaflow muffler back to the rear of the van. Next week she gets all the fluids replaced with "synthetics" including the front and rear axles, transfer case, and all the bearings repacked. I also installed a K & N air filer.
I've just starting to do some customization and will keep you updated as time goes on. Needing to run some household accessories while camping and on the road, I installed a Xantrex XPower 1000 Watt Inverter which connects to a 12 VDC battery to provide up to 1200 watts of AC power. Since my ride was stating to look just a little too good, I had a full featured Python alarm system installed with all the bells and whistles.
The front bumper now has a 3" Westin Ultimate Bull Bar Light Bar and a welded in REESE 2" front-mounted hitch receiver. To this light bar, I installed a 6" pair of Navigator off-road lights with stone guards. The stock horn was lame, so I installed a electric diesel sounding horn with a volume out-put of 129db. Sweet! I also had new front HD shocks and a Rancho steering stabilizer installed. Since I still have my portable front mounted fishing box with pole holders, I will use it when going to the beach. I also still have my portable Warn Winch which I can mount to the front receiver. Maybe next year a full blown custom front bumper with a permanent Warn winch and a custom built rear bumper that will swing out and hold a 36" spair tire, high lift jack and a couple military style Jerry cans.
To help get passengers up into the cab, I have installed a set of Carr Super Hoop steps up front and a single Super Hoop step on the rear side doors.
PHASE ONE LIFT IS COMPLETE:
Well as you see, she has gone thru a few changes lately. Most noticeable, I had a set of Bushwacker fender flairs molded into the fender panels. Next I installed a Lund MoonVisor® that has 5 molded in clearance lights to the roof. Up front I blacked out the radiator front area and replaced the stock grill with a direct replacement bolt up polished billet grille for a cleaner look. I next had a custom, forward tipping, light bar built by Pro Trucks of Chesapeake, VA that was mounted to the front pop-up roof ladder rack. It houses 4 KC Daylighter® Off Road lights with KC light covers and a flexing off-road antenna. Dick Cepek DC-1 polished aluminum 18" x 12" wheels. Mickey Thompson Baja Radial MTZ tires 33X13.50R18LT (LT325/60R18) - The all new ultimate mud terrain tire with a new tread design utilizing aggressive tread-lugs and extreme looks. SW Racing adjustable hime joints. Skyjacker Nitro shocks and Super Lift 6" coil spring lift system to maintain a factory-like ride. Also used on this lift were Super Lift rear add-a-leaf springs, a drop down steering arm and sway bar extension brackets. Filling in the rear wheel wells were 8 on 6.6 2" wheel spaces to make the back axle width match the front.
Some custom paint work was also done. I had the van completely repainted to the original color, including the pop-top. I also had the bumper covers sprayed with Rhino liner. The axles were also totally cleaned and painted. I previously had a set of aluminum finned differential covers installed. Once painted, I sanded the fin edges to display a polished surface in contrast to the flat black covers.
So, what do you think?
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Thanks for looking.... Blue Thunder