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Here's my blue whale, a new to me '03 7.3 EB cargo. Just came back from paint because my family said I couldn't drive around the neighborhood in a creepy white van. It also had some surface rust and one side was severely dinged and looked like a giant golf ball (it was as if the van was laying on it's side and was pelted by hail). I had considered a front clip swap while getting the paint done because I had a line on all the parts. But I decided I prefer the original front end. First thing I did after paint was have a set of Vantage Optics lights installed. It's going to be a slow simple build. I think I'll keep her 2WD for a while.
 
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Here's my blue whale, a new to me '03 7.3 EB cargo. Just came back from paint because my family said I couldn't drive around the neighborhood in a creepy white van. It also had some surface rust and one side was severely dinged and looked like a giant golf ball (it was as if the van was laying on it's side and was pelted by hail). I had considered a front clip swap while getting the paint done because I had a line on all the parts. But I decided I prefer the original front end. First thing I did after paint was have a set of Vantage Optics lights installed. It's going to be a slow simple build. I think I'll keep her 2WD for a while.
Nice!! What was the ballpark cost of paint? On gonna wrap my white van and estimate is about $6-800

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Thanks. Paint cost $3k. Most of the quotes were $8-10k. I decided to take a chance on the guy who I've used for many years to do auto body repairs. He does a good job, but I wouldn't use him to paint my Porsche (if I had one). The $10k quote was from a guy who does show cars and as much as I love my van, it's now a show van. I also couldn't justify paying more for paint than the van cost me. One guy wouldn't even touch it because it's so large. Overall, I was very happy with the results and it was worth $3k. If this guy didn't give me such a good deal, I would have treated the rust, used a rattle can and left her white. Wrapping sounds like a great option at that price.
 
Thanks. Paint cost $3k. Most of the quotes were $8-10k. I decided to take a chance on the guy who I've used for many years to do auto body repairs. He does a good job, but I wouldn't use him to paint my Porsche (if I had one). The $10k quote was from a guy who does show cars and as much as I love my van, it's now a show van. I also couldn't justify paying more for paint than the van cost me. One guy wouldn't even touch it because it's so large. Overall, I was very happy with the results and it was worth $3k. If this guy didn't give me such a good deal, I would have treated the rust, used a rattle can and left her white. Wrapping sounds like a great option at that price.
What wheels and size tires are those? Good stance and great choice on the color!


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What wheels and size tires are those? Good stance and great choice on the color!


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Thanks. They are 245/75 on 16's. The color is Toyota Cement Grey. It's grey or blue depending on lighting. I was tempted to go with a matte black, but decided to keep it a lighter color. I like the color combo with black wheels, grill and bumpers.
 
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Ive had this "extra" 98 cargo van hanging around for over a year, sun rotted dark green paint but runs and drives like new, power everything, cold AC, has been a great parts runner etc. My wife hated it, said it looked like a ped van with the rotted paint and stuff. Factory green paint was $360 a gallon, military GCI semi gloss was $40 and super durable, mmm..... I used to build military jeeps and started thinking how vans are a lot like old jeeps, sort of a blank canvas that can be made into what ever floats your boat. I like tough, no nonsense, utilitarian, military type stuff. I powder coated the wheels, bumped up to a 235/85/16 tire and new tint. Next is a 2 inch lift, winch, bumper, shovel/ax, gas can cans, roof rack etc. I have a camo Tepui RTT, rifle racks, fly rod racks, bed platform, its time for an outdoor man van, lots of camo, awning etc, a van that belongs and blends into the woods, hunt, fish, camp! To be continued... 038.jpg 042.jpg
 
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