PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 2, 2011 1:03 p.m.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA Price: $2010

I have this listed for $2700 on Craigslist and other boards so already discounted GRMers. Yes, the 2nd photo is a joke.

1982 Ford E250 Quigley 4x4 Cargo Van Approximately 106k Miles (Odo says 6k but safe to assume it has rolled) 351 V8 with a 3-speed Auto True 4x4 Hi/Lo

This is a true Quigley 4x4 conversion from 1982 (Quigley build plate in the door jamb). There are no side windows in the back (only in the side door) so I assume it has always been a work or cargo van, which is how it is configured today (2 front seats only). I bought this van maybe a year ago, replaced a brake line and upper rad hose, got a new windshield, installed seat belts, a dash pad, new filters, blower fan, and tried to clean it up a bit, but I'm just ready to go back to a truck. The 4x4 with manual front hubs absolutely works and if you know Quigleys you know this has solid axles with Danas and Spicer hubs so you could easily install lockers for more off-road performance (I've never off-roaded this but I've used 4x4 several times in winter). This is a full-size (not the shortie van) so it's a big old monster with the 4wd setup underneath. It has no problem out on the highway other than being a noisy old cargo van with dual side-exit exhaust.

A note about the 351: I was told this is a 351 (rather than a 302) but I have no idea how to confirm. I've looked around and cannot seem to find a definitive method of checking. If 351 vs. 302 matters to you and you know how to check it for sure, I'm happy to do it.

Of course the van needs some TLC. It was repainted at some point and the paint job is just average. It does appear that brown was the original color so everything basically matches, but you can tell the exterior was re-sprayed. Most of the weather seals are tired so there is a lot of wind noise on the highway, the stereo does not work (turns on but the speakers seem to be dead -- I drive it so little I never even looked at the wiring), it needs a new temp gauge or sender, and it needs new door locks (I have them with keys but not installed). A couple of these should be easy fixes, but I own 7 vehicles and this one just needs to go. The interior is a true cargo configuration and the previous owner put down a large rubber mat that is still in fine condition. I've put maybe 1,000 miles on this as I literally use it just for trips to Home Depot or hauling a random piece of furniture and it has never failed to start or get me down the road even in zero degree weather.

It is inspected for another 8 months or so, but does not currently have an emissions sticker (never tried since when I bought it I was outside Allegheny county). The tires are decent and I would expect them to pass again. Previous owner mentioned a ball joint but it seems to track straight (maybe a slight pull under braking but not on my most recent drive...?). It does not smoke and the motor seems healthy, but as you might expect from a 30 year-old Ford V8 it does drip or consume a little oil. I can see that it at least needs an oil pan gasket. Anywhere I've looked the frame is in great shape and the body is showing some surface spots but this van is definitely not rusted out.

Bottom line this is a running, driving, inspected 82 Quigley cargo that needs some TLC. I don't want to waste anyone's time so please read the whole ad and ask any questions before you ask to show up with expectations. As you can see I have tried to disclose known problems as I'm not interested in fooling anyone as to what this vehicle is or is not. You are welcome to test drive if you show up with $2010 in your hand. This van is nearly 30 years old and it is not pretty inside or out, but it is a solid runner that will blow through terrain in 4x4.

I might trade this for a truck of similar value (will certainly consider a 2wd if it's in a little better condition) or possibly a fuel-injected 2wd van. I am available most evenings to show the Quigley.

Prefer PM's for now but I'm happy to discuss over the phone after initial contact.

JThw8 SuperDork
May 2, 2011 1:14 p.m.

There is something so hot about a 4x4 van. Must look away lest I offer up my 2wd Chevy dually for trade :)

turbojunker HalfDork
May 2, 2011 5:03 p.m.
PoisonousBeef wrote: A note about the 351: I was told this is a 351 (rather than a 302) but I have no idea how to confirm. I've looked around and cannot seem to find a definitive method of checking. If 351 vs. 302 matters to you and you know how to check it for sure, I'm happy to do it.

Measure the width of the intake manifold. A 351W intake is wider than a 302, around 11" or so.

patgizz SuperDork
May 2, 2011 9:28 p.m.

that van is awesome

sachilles Dork
May 3, 2011 8:16 a.m.

I've always wanted one of these. Poor timing.

John Brown SuperDork
May 3, 2011 8:31 a.m.
PoisonousBeef wrote:


mndsm SuperDork
May 3, 2011 8:35 a.m.

My oh my is that tempting. Pretty sure this would get me more killed than either a Volvo or a Subaru.

dculberson Reader
May 3, 2011 10:34 a.m.

Does it have a hitch or receiver?

PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 3, 2011 11:47 a.m.

It does have a receiver. I've never had the need to tow anything so I haven't looked at it closely but I can try to get a photo and some details on it tonight or tomorrow.

sachilles Dork
May 3, 2011 5:57 p.m.

My wife wants to know how you got the photo of you in the van at the playground. Did you offer a child candy to take the picture?

Woody SuperDork
May 3, 2011 6:48 p.m.

As I recall, 351 and 302 should have different firing orders, but I don't remember what they are.

44Dwarf Dork
May 3, 2011 7:30 p.m.

yes 351's use a different fire order however the pistons are in the same locals so you can run a 351 cam in a 302 and visa versa just have to use the fire order for that cam. My speed shop once ordered me the wrong cam took me a week to figure what the hell was wrong.


PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 3, 2011 8:19 p.m.

Thanks for adding the info, but I probably won't try to check the firing order. I may go out and measure the intake manifold when I get a minute this week but I'm honestly not in a hurry unless the 351/302 issue becomes a deal breaker. We've got a nice cold rain going tonight and this thing doesn't fit inside my home garage.

turbojunker HalfDork
May 3, 2011 8:41 p.m.

If you can see where the distributor goes in to the block, look and see if it is below or even with the intake. Below=351, even=302

Fit_Is_Slo Reader
May 4, 2011 9:43 p.m.

Damn you $4 gas

PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 5, 2011 12:23 p.m.
Fit_Is_Slo wrote: Damn you $4 gas

You're in luck. This is van runs on hopes and dreams.

RossD SuperDork
May 5, 2011 1:21 p.m.
PoisonousBeef wrote:
Fit_Is_Slo wrote: Damn you $4 gas

You're in luck. This is van runs on hopes and dreams of children.


pinchvalve SuperDork
May 5, 2011 2:46 p.m.

Can I get this as a vinyl wrap on it?

PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 5, 2011 8:42 p.m.

Here are some more pictures I took this evening.

PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 9, 2011 1:51 p.m.

Edit: I apparently can't count (and I don't add too good neither) Odometer reads 106k, not 160k.

Also confirmed that the speedo works just fine when the front hubs are unlocked. I drive so little I forgot to unlock them after winter but noticed it over the weekend and voila, speedometer functional.

failboat Reader
May 10, 2011 4:50 p.m.

thats a damn clean van for its age. i want but am in no position to buy at all, if you posted this 6 months ago i may have been all over it.


PoisonousBeef New Reader
May 19, 2011 10:27 p.m.

Chocolate Thunder is ready to ROLL!

patgizz SuperDork
May 20, 2011 8:13 p.m.

youve got to be freaking kidding me that it has not sold yet.

wish i had something you wanted, like a 71 year old truck project on a stock car chassis. because i love this van.

Racer1ab Reader
May 20, 2011 10:31 p.m.

Seriously, what he said. ^

My girlfriend has even given her blessing to buying this behemoth, although that might be because she finds the playground picture hilarious.

Just wish I had a use for the thing, other than hauling our bikes around.

Cotton Dork
May 20, 2011 10:51 p.m.

bitchin van. Too far for me though. I'd love a road trip...just don't have the time.

1 2

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

Making a Solid Rear Axle Perform

3 hours ago in Project Cars

Solid axles get a bad rap.

2017 Acura ILX

3 hours ago in New Car Reviews

Acura's ILX is a direct competitor with it's cousin, the Honda Civic. The Acura badge typically signifies a slightly more ...

Deal of the Month: GRM Sticker Kits for Just $19.95

6 hours ago in News

Fresh stickers for a fresh season.

On All Fours

1 day ago in Articles

Audi’s Sport Quattro was a winning rally weapon in the ’80s and remains a shockingly powerful highway cruiser today.

Reader's Ride of the Week: Enviate Hypercar

2 days ago in News

There’s fast and there’s FAST–and then there’s this thing.

Join the Grassroots Motorsports Dyno Day

5 days ago in News

Join us for a dyno day in Sterling, Virginia.

From the GRM Vault: The Art of Understatement

6 days ago in Articles

The Harvey brothers dominated autocross in an obsolete Datsun a couple decades ago.

2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE

6 days ago in New Car Reviews

The quintessential European hatchback continues to pour out of Volkswagen's plants. Our test car featured four doors, a turbocharged 4-cylinder ...

We're Giving Away a $500 Race Ramps Certificate

1 week ago in News

Joining the drawing is totally free.

25 Project Path

1 week ago in Articles

A walk through 25 of our favorite project cars from the past.

Our Turbo Miata Goes Boom

1 week ago in Project Cars

Engine swap and suspension revamp before our race in two weeks? Challenge accepted.

The Ultimate Weekend Getaway for Your Car Club

1 week ago in News

Save a corral space just for your club at the Mitty.


Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More