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Old 01-03-2012, 04:23 PM   #21
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Passenger vans are insanely expensive to insure, I already looked into a 15-passenger van. I also heard they tow like because the hitch is so far behind the axle.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:24 PM   #23
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BTW, there's a guy who races in NASATX with a Silver E350 with black leather, 4" exhaust, big turbo noise, AC A/C, and auto-leveling. I bet that dude parties.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:25 PM   #24
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lol, that has double the mileage, less brakes, and its more expensive. Why did you recommend this again?
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A 3/4 ton van can pull a 2800lb tag just fine. I do not have 1-ton money.
I wasn't suggesting a heavier truck. The 4.6 will pull the weight, but it's going to make for stressful driving when needing to merge, pass, or go up grades. It's also going to be tough on the trans.

You think your trailer is going to be only 2800 lbs loaded? My car on trailer is 3500 range, not including tools/spares/wheels/etc. My trailer is only ~1350 lbs.
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If it's a V8 it should be the 5.4. Just did a quick look and the standard mill was a 4.2L V6. No option for the 4.6 on the E250 in 97.

Provided it's the V8, do it. Just don't do anything to the green car that you can't undo.

If you don't like it you're only into it for $1700 and it should be straight forward to flip.
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Post the ad to your prospect so I can see what to beat
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I wasn't suggesting a heavier truck. The 4.6 will pull the weight, but it's going to make for stressful driving when needing to merge, pass, or go up grades. It's also going to be tough on the trans.
Dr. Kearns believes its a 5.4, I like this diagnosis. I'll have to read up on confirming this.
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It's my GF's dad's van.
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If it's a V8 it should be the 5.4. Just did a quick look and the standard mill was a 4.2L V6. No option for the 4.6 on the E250 in 97.

Provided it's the V8, do it. Just don't do anything to the green car that you can't undo.

If you don't like it you're only into it for $1700 and it should be straight forward to flip.
What does it cost to register the trailer? I called the tax office and Shaniqua hung up on me, lol.
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It already has an oil cooler, it will get a ducted RX7 trans cooler. Like a bauce.
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Screw all these haterz and buy the damn van. Just have a competent mechanic check it over before hand if you don't trust your gf's dad.

Look at it as a semi investment to not needing to ever worry about that tow bill that you could have if something breaks at the track and you can not drive the green car home. Also look at how much you will save on hotel costs.
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If it's a 5.4 and not ratty, then buy it.
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I say spend $1700 on it and then spend another few grand on making it awesome. Stop being poor and start being awesome.
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I am the competent mechanic...I think.
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Ok bitches, I just sent the email, the van is most likely mine. Now, I need a cheap single axle trailer or I'm going to build one.
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Here we go: Awesome motor, van, and cheap

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/cto/2778570403.html
3x the mileage and 3x the price!

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Provided it's the V8, do it. Just don't do anything to the green car that you can't undo.

If you don't like it you're only into it for $1700 and it should be straight forward to flip.
This seems like reasonable advice.

The best advice probably involves avoiding track days outside of AAA towing radius until the student loans and other non-deductible debt over ~3% interest is paid off, but with car enthusiasts... sometimes it's about choosing the least bad option.
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Why single axle?
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