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  1. Redemption Road

    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    So yeah, stage 1 of the build is complete and I am able to get it outside and get a sense of 1)how it sits 2) how it looks 3)how it feels. I like it all! Drained the donor front and rear oils, both were exceptionally clean. Changed oils in both with fresh. Changed out rear axle pinion from...
  2. Redemption Road

    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Darned work has kept me away from project for better part of the last 3 weeks, but, without that pesky job I wouldn't have a project in the first place. Managed to receive the second rear axle, perches cut off and relocated and 'tack welded' for now (pretty sure I'll be moving slightly to set...
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    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Minor progress, slow and steady. Ran into an issue with having acquired a rear axle form an Excursion rather than an F250/350. Some minor differences, calipers, rotors and width. All are capable of being dealt with but opted to acquire an F250 axle as I have purchased all the brake hardware...
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    Axle identification help

    Not much help from me, no idea, and I botched once already. Thinking the axle shafts would be longer since the axle itself is wider? But if the hubs swap out also maybe? IDK I just purchased a newer used axle, really want to avoid having to get parts for E series, F250 and excursion for same...
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    Lifted E-series tippy offroad?

    Raul has definitely put his through its paces. I am mid-build but hoping to be done soon'ish. I am in GP so not far, your welcome to kick the tires once its done and definitely learn from my mistakes/victories.
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    Axle identification help

    So I'm not crazy, just grabbed the wrong axle for my application, looks like I will be doing some shopping and hopefully some selling. Thanks for the feedback!
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    Axle identification help

    Hey, here's some interesting info I just stumbled on. When shopping by vehicle type at O'Reily Auto Parts you can add a vehicle by VIN#. The rear donor VIN came back as; 2005 Ford Excursion Limited - V10 - 6.8L 415ci GAS MFI vin S - 2 valve SOHC The front donor VIN came back as; 2005 Ford...
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    Axle identification help

    CaulkinsCo - trust me on that, I did a few double takes on the rotors thinking the same, double checked the part/numbers a few days back to confirm I wasn't going nuts. Betarocker - nice catch on the wheel specs from the door tags. Good info, thank you! I find it odd that the front (early 05)...
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    Axle identification help

    Hey all, I reached a point where my vision and brain are getting a bit fuzzy with axle ID and caliper/rotor issues on my axle swap. Some background: installing a MG 4x conversion with presumably 2005 front and rear axles from a salvage yard donor. I specifically went with the same year axles to...
  10. Redemption Road

    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Minor progress and a stopping point until I figure out some axle/caliper/rotor issues. Cross-member cut and trackbar/bracket installed. Still need to center up and lock everything down.
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    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Have you installed these arms? If so where did you set the caster cams?
  12. Redemption Road

    The Rig Runner ...a 2010 E350 5.4 DIY Coil Conversion

    Went through the build and adventures over a coffee, 2 cups actually. This is exactly what I see an overland build is for....fun times, a few broken parts, lot o' smiles and happy kids. Nice job!
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    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Thanks Raul! Those are the exact springs I had selected, so pulled the the trigger on them. Glad to know they worked well and rode good. After 22 years guess its time, but man, shipping sure drains the pockets. Van has always ridden low with the boat hooked up and gear loaded so this will...
  14. Redemption Road

    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Well, the easy stuff is done now. Front springs and mounts set in place. Sitting much higher than I thought. Definitely need to check into rear springs/shackle flip. The Zone arms appear to give plenty of castor even with the cam spacers set toward the rear. The stock E150 spring isolators...
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    How much lift from brackets, MG kit Ford E350?

    Just set van weight to wheels on my 97 build. I used the CC880s springs as per instructions with my MG kit. Mine sits fairly high and has 50% tread on 31" tires. You can get an idea but if you want a measurement I'll grab one. Van is the standard 138" WB with the 5.4L. It has a raised top and...
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    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Good progress this week, very satisfied. Still needing some missing hardware and to get things torqued to spec. I'm a big fan of test fit, tweak, simmer, tweak and then torque. I wondered about the 880s, CC880s and others because of the 5.4L. I have the CC880s so we will see. Might be an...
  17. Redemption Road

    Econoline Van Swivel Seat Bases

    Interested in a passenger swivel for sure, would like a drivers side also but mine is electric, hard to give that up. '97 E150
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    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Day 3 (of actual work) Disclaimer....'day'=4hrs minimum of garage time, minus cursing, bleeding and tool hunt of course. Day 1 was clearing a work space and getting the project up on stands. Day 2 was yarding out old front end. Day 3 trial/test fitting of brackets to see where I'm at, whats...
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    Newbie Van Build - 1997 E150 - MG Radius Setup

    Hey all, I am digging into my MG conversion van build this fall/winter. I have my 97 E150 that I have had and used since bought in 1999. Has been a great rig for all things camping, traveling, dunes, lake. It does however lack one thing, inclement weather and off road ability. Figured I post up...
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