Dec 4, 2018 update to the Ford E-250 project car

Project Van: Origin Story

What’s the perfect tow vehicle? There’s no single correct answer, but we think we’ll answer the question quite well with our newest purchase: A 2006 Ford E-250 Van. Why this van? In short, it was just too good of a deal. It spent the majority of its life as the Grassroots Motorsports company van, hauling magazines, T-shirts and cars all over the country. But after 210,000 miles of hard use, it was time for an upgrade: The company bought a new Ford Transit so its employees could have something with a warranty to drive. Us personally, though? We’re cheap, and after the company got a $1500 trade-in offer, we bought the old van for just $2000.

Sure, it has issues, but nothing a little elbow grease can’t fix. And once we’ve got it fixed up, we’ll start upgrading. Our goal? Tow our race car to the track along with its tools and spares, then have a comfortable place to sleep for the race weekend. When we’re not racing, our van should be able to tackle a weekend of camping, kayaking, and mountain biking, all without breaking the bank or drawing too much attention to itself. Oh, and did we mention we want it to stay functional as a van, too? Any upgrades we make can’t get in the way of hauling cargo.

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Matt New Reader
12/4/18 12:37 p.m.

this is cool because i'm literally in the midst of looking for a van to do the exact same thing. i'll keep tabs on this one.


Vigo UltimaDork
12/4/18 2:11 p.m.

I have nothing against the subject matter but didn't this happen 2+ years ago? 

spacecadet Reader
12/4/18 2:33 p.m.

Im a BIG fan of this, I want to build a Tow van for myself eventually and I have a buddy currently looking for a Chevy Express Van to build out and replace his F150. 

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette UltraDork
12/5/18 8:54 a.m.

In reply to Vigo :

I was gonna say I think I tinted the glass do not see it tinted here?


stroker UltraDork
12/5/18 9:19 a.m.
Matt said:

this is cool because i'm literally in the midst of looking for a van to do the exact same thing. i'll keep tabs on this one.




Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
12/5/18 9:23 a.m.

In reply to Vigo :

Yes. Subscribers see stuff way before it gets posted online as free content. ;)


te72 Reader
12/10/18 11:44 p.m.

If I ever do get to the point of towing cars to events, this would be the route I'd take. I kinda like driving the cars I have, but towing is often a more relaxed experience, which can be nice if you're headed home right after the event. Good buy!

Matt New Reader
1/2/19 12:23 p.m.

Got my van now, Chev 3500 Duramax 6.6... has been partially converted to RV and needs a few updates and finishing but I'll be watching this thread for ideas!!

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