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73torinoqcode
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posted 02-03-2005 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode   Click Here to Email 73torinoqcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK Guys does anybody know the years you could get a 4x4 van? I think I might get rid of my 79 F-250 2 WD and try to find a nice 4x4 van. The winters here are bad and a 2WD with a 460 and 4:10 does not help.

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-03-2005 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aerostar vans were available as awd from 1990-97.
I believe that all E series were out sourced from FoMoCo to be custom built.

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73torinoqcode
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posted 02-04-2005 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode   Click Here to Email 73torinoqcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes the E series one. Did some research and found out they were outsourced to Quiegly in PA. Even the early ones I guess. They are hard to find I looked around tonight and they are few and far between in decent shape. I would like to find a 70s model someday. Thanks for the info.

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Fastymz
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posted 02-04-2005 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dad has had a 350 4x4 van that he got new in 1979. The 4x4 converson was done by a company out of So Cal called Pathfinder. It's an awesome van,4 captains chair, no benches, 460 with a big holley C6 4.10 gears. In it's prime that thing would just move. I learned to drive with it. And raced it plenty,lol a 4x4 van with 35x12.5x16 tires street racing.
My dad still drives it,and nothing has been rebuilt on it. With 180,000 miles on it.
It still gets 12mpg and will go through or over just about anything. Trust me over the years we've tested it. That Van is a ture Ford tuff truck.
Sad to say we are losing it slowly to rust.


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posted 02-04-2005 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastymz:
My dad has had a 350 4x4 van that he got new in 1979. The 4x4 converson was done by a company out of So Cal called Pathfinder. It's an awesome van,4 captains chair, no benches, 460 with a big holley C6 4.10 gears. In it's prime that thing would just move. I learned to drive with it. And raced it plenty,lol a 4x4 van with 35x12.5x16 tires street racing.
My dad still drives it,and nothing has been rebuilt on it. With 180,000 miles on it.
It still gets 12mpg and will go through or over just about anything. Trust me over the years we've tested it. That Van is a ture Ford tuff truck.
Sad to say we are losing it slowly to rust.

Sounds like it was a great unit for parking, just take your lady far into the woods...

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73torinoqcode
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posted 02-04-2005 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode   Click Here to Email 73torinoqcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgot about the Pathfinders. That is actually the one I would want. I see you are having rust problems with your dads I am in Buffalo NY so its probably like finding a needle in a haystack here. The more I see them the more I want one.

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Fastymz
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posted 02-04-2005 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
His has the Dana front and rear axle's. At the time if he ordered it as a 3/4ton truck it didn't have to have smog equipment.
The Pathfinder set up has never let him down.
Yeah the poor van became a winter only vehical for many years. We let the rust go for to long. We started working on it again last year. For a Van thats had two teenage boys learning to drive it, and my pops who is far from easy on cars. It's amazing how well it's held up. You'll love looking down at even lifted 4x4's too.


Steve, it also had mini blinds on all the back windows.
A queen size mattress fits behind the rear captains seats and the door.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-04-2005 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perfect!

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-04-2005 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought that it was a company from PA.

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posted 02-04-2005 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
I thought that it was a company from PA.


Maybe, but he ordered the Van new from a Reno Ford dealer. It was then sent to So Cal for the conversion. The 4x4 shifter and paper work says Pathfinder on it.

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73torinoqcode
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posted 02-04-2005 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode   Click Here to Email 73torinoqcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pathfinder did some also along with Quigley in PA in the early years. I know on the Quigley website it says they have been doing conversions for Ford since 74.

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TomP
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posted 03-06-2005 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Quadravan is the one i'm thinking of. Still see several around here. I remember seeing ads for them in the mid 70's and they must have made them well into the 80's at least. I think they made them on the old 69-74 body style also.


Found a web link...
http://www.pathfinder-vans.com/4wd_van_faq/_quadravan__faq/_quadravan__faq.html

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posted 03-06-2005 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, thats what my dads van is a 79 Quadravan with coil spring front end.

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