Ford Truck Enthusiasts Member Scores Low-mile 1990 Centurion!
It isn’t every day you see an E-Series Centurion conversion — let alone one with only 36,000 original miles!
It’s no secret that we here at Ford Truck Enthusiasts love an oddball Ford truck. And we know that you do too. But while most of us are familiar with the Centurion Broncos, how many of you know that the Michigan-based company also converted old E-Series vans? We know that Robtbird certainly knows, at least, because he recently picked up this sweet 1990 Centurion van. And he was more than happy to share his incredible 36,000 mile find with us in the forums! And as we quickly found out, this isn’t going to be your average project.
“I want to set it up as a tow vehicle. With a 460 in it, it would be rough on gas. I’m picking up a 2000 E-350 ambulance with a 7.3 diesel on Sunday. Planning on setting the body on the ambulance chassis. I would like to retire in the next few years and pick up older trucks and restore them. This would have room for my wife and dog to travel with me without a truck payment. Nor worry about when the EGR system is going to screw up.”
While most love the idea, teamtestbot wonders just how much of a project this Centurion conversion is going to be.
“Definitely curious how much of an adventure transferring the running gear is. My ’86 has a frame stretch in the middle and I measured the wheelbase at 157 inches. Which is awfully close to the 158″ of cutaway frames – and could actually be 158″ due to measurement error. I’m curious how the pre-1992 cab lines up with the post-1992 frame.”
However, the OP has clearly given this some thought.
“The ambulance has the 7.3 Powerstroke. I figured the 7.3 with the turbo would have more power. The ambulance doesn’t have a intercooler, so I picked one up out of a ’99 F-350.”
At this point, this Centurion project is solely in the planning stages. But you can bet we’ll be paying close attention to how it progresses. You can (and should) do the same by heading over here! And while you’re there, check out the many other cool Centurion builds taking place in the forums!