Update: Still in the shop! Found out that the engine is a 351 Windsor, and I'm kinda glad. Wasn't looking forward to guzzling that much gas. Speaking of which, the custom 45 gallon tank had to be dropped in order to diagnose the lack of fuel reaching the engine. The inside was rusted big-time, so I just replaced it w/ an OEM 22 gallon tank, with new internal fuel pump. Also had the fuel pump along the frame replaced. The engine got new plugs, wires, rotor button, cap, and starter. Mechanics are finishing the fuel system any day and hope to have it running for longer than a minute! Also, the valve cover gasket needed replacing, as well as the exhaust manifold gasket, which is when they found the crack in one side of my headers. Welder fixed it, but we still don't know if she will smog until we get it running. So far, besides the 3K I bought it with, I've spent about that same amount on parts & labor
but it's all good. The initial start up investment will hopefully pay off for many beach trips over the next few decades. I'm hoping that the brakes are decent. I have all the original service records going back from the original owner, as well as the two owners before me. It has 218K total miles, with many parts replaced, some several times. The front brakes have been replaced at least five times (Quadravan's are notorious for dis-proportionate front break wear). It's had three radiators, two headers (because they get hot and crack), two windshields, another paint job, most of the bushings in the front suspension replaced w/ original Quadravan stuff, too. The list goes on.... 2 starters, Rancho shocks, etc... Underside looks decent, though. I plan on purple-stuffing the bottom, followed by a hot water pressure wash, and a case of do-it-yourself undercoating aerosol spray cans. The interior was re-done about fifteen years ago by some place in River-Tucky (Riverside) called RV Rehab Room, or something. It's matching blue padded vinyl, but has these cheesy brass tacks compressed down about ever three square inches. That's going to get covered w/ spray glue and Home Depot indoor/outdoor, gray, $18 for a 4'x8' roll of carpet. It's pretty thin and pliable. I redid the interior in my baja bug with it, and it looked great... utilitarian, but great. Oh, just google rear brake kits for econolines and there's a company that makes them. Can't remember off the top of my head. Keep ya posted.
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