Right at one year ago I purchased this van in an online auction with the intention of converting it to an adventure van. It was a one owner van with only 100K miles but it sounded like a diesel tractor at the time I bought it and wouldn’t go over 50 mph. The seller told me it needed to have the top of the engine removed to fix a spark plug that had blown out of the head and stripped out the threads(estimated $3000 repair he said). After very little online digging I found out I could get it fixed with a kit they sell online for less than $400 without removing the head. .
It took a month or two of tinkering but I gutted the van (aside for part of the cabinets), added rear heat and AC, generator, re-did the walls and doors, @brooklyn_earley
did some painting, moved the swivel seat to the front, made a couch that converts to a bed, replaced the floors, added rod racks, curtains, microwave, side-tent and awning, bow/gun racks, kayak racks and a front hitch & winch ‘just in case.’ Since the remodel this thing has taken us all over the Midwest. Elk hunting in Montana, camping next to some public hunting ground in NE, ice fishing in western NE, cruising through the Badlands of SD, bear hunting in Arkansas, fly fishing in Wyoming, kayaking and fishing trips across NE and it has even camped outside several wedding venues in Nebraska and Iowa.
The brakes got hot coming out of Teton Pass, I drove over a cactus in the middle of nowhere WY and got a flat tire, got stuck in a pasture in the Sandhills once and things got a little western with two kayaks on top and a stiff South Dakota crosswind heading home one day. Other than that, this thing has been down right handy to have. Traveling in comfort and staying wherever the hell we want without paying anyone or worrying about where we are going to end up that day has been well worth all the shit talking I have received from my friends and family for owning a ‘free candy van’. Haters gonna hate, but having this thing ‘at the ready’ all the time is just badass.🤘🏼😂 Here’s a few pics and clips from the last year plus a couple before pics of the interior. 2019 will be even better!