Overland Classifieds :: 1997 Ford E-350 Econoline 4×4

The E-350 is a popular vehicle for overland travel with recent offerings including this 2000 Power Stroke Diesel Hightop, a 2000 Sportsmobile RB Agile 4×4, and a 1999 7.3-liter Diesel XLT. Long-lived motors and drivetrains, accessibility to OEM and aftermarket parts, and readily available 4WD conversions are just some of the reasons the E-350 is such a sought-after rig. It offers sufficient internal space for a well-equipped camper interior, yet is compact enough to drive around town and navigate narrow trails. If you’d like a better idea of how this platform performs as a round-the-world companion, then check out Daniela Wagner’s E-350 in Saudi Arabia or watch this drool-worthy expedition build on the Driving Line Youtube Channel YouTube. Today’s 1997 Econoline features a desirable Advanced 4×4 conversion, high-top roof, and is priced at a very reasonable $25,000 OBO.

From the Seller:

“I’ve owned maybe 20 vans, mostly Volkswagens and Sprinters, and none have been as capable as this. If you know what this van is, then you know there’s nothing really out there like it as far as functionality and capability go.”

1997 Ford E-350 Econoline 4×4

The E-350 is fitted with a 5.4-liter V8 that produces 255 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This particular engine is highly regarded for its longevity, but is not especially economical (combined 13 mpg). Today’s example benefits from a 4WD conversion from Advanced 4×4, which utilizes Ford OEM parts wherever possible and thus retains the factory warranty. This conversion transforms all-terrain capability, thanks to Warn manual locking hubs, high and low range, a 4-inch lift kit, variable speed adjustable front shock absorbers, a Dana front drive axle, and more. Inside comforts include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Power steering, locks, and windows

Distinguishing Features

  • Kenda Klever A/T tires
  • Advanced 4×4 conversion

This 1997 Ford E-350 Econoline 4×4 is listed for $25,000 OBO and is currently located in Herriman, Utah. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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