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How to “Deconvert” a Conversion Van

So I have decided to “deconvert” my van. It is going to be a long and expensive process, but I like it too much to let it go. It is in such good mechanical condition for being 20 years old. It runs and drives so much better than most other vans I’ve had a chance to drive.

No, I’m not going to just replace it. No I don’t care it’s old. Yes I know it’s a huge task.

Here is what I would like to finish with, less the cheap wheelcovers. As you all know I was successful in installing dual piston front brakes with 11” rotors and a whole new freshly built 8.8 with a 3.55 Traction Lok and rear discs. I have a whole list of projects to share. I will be getting rid of the conversion junk, and then putting in a stock wagon interior.



 
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Started by removing the fiberglass fender flares and running boards. They were chipped, damaged and coming off the body.

 
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Using a heat gun and a rubber eraser wheel on a drill I removed all the stripes after the running boards were gone. Just a little bit left on the hood in this picture.

Still some down the side. Passenger side almost clean.

A better shot of the passenger side
 
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Went from a color keyed grille back to the original argent.
 
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The bottom of the old door.

New door is on. I removed the tape stripes but the bottom stripes are painted on.
 
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It's amazing. Even with that stuff removed the van still looks great.
 
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Oh, believe me, there is more to come.
 
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Removed the aftermarket alarm system installed by Mark III. It was annoying to hit the lock button twice and have he alarm go off, instead of the horn honking.
 
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So after taking the side panels down I needed to get the seat rear seat out and the mid-ship seat mounting bracket.
 
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Are you going to try and install the same window type as the "here's what I want it to look like" van you pictured on the first post? I have always contemplated doing the same with my TV top conversion van but only because I like the windows to be flush on the bottom... and that's really it. I'm a designer by trade so I nitpick over stuff like this. I've never actually looked fully into it because I know it is a little ridiculous but would love to know if you plan on it and what it would entail.
 
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Yes. I want to change the side windows to the stock wagon windows. I have the both sides of a 2007 E350 wagon that is the donor. I will be drilling out the spot welds and separating the inner and outer skins. Then I will remove the windows in my truck and use what I need to fix the damage caused by the conversion company. I will acquire tinted privacy glass to go into the side windows.
 
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Well damn... now you are making want to consider it again. Please take lots of pics so I can get a good idea of what im getting into.
 
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Originally Posted by LSxEconoline View Post
Well damn... now you are making want to consider it again. Please take lots of pics so I can get a good idea of what im getting into.
That is no small job. Converting from a cargo/conversion van to Club Wagon is some major surgery/work. You either have to change the whole side of the van body. Or at the very least do a lot of cutting welding to replace the window sections of the panels. The factory Club Wagon windows have a pocket/structure formed into the body panel. It's not just a hole cut in the panel like the conversion windows.

It sounds like 98Econoline150 is doing it right by having access to the donor panels. I can't wait to see more of the progress.

 
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WOW …. that's a LOT OF WORK !!! Sure glad I luv my conversion van ! LOL
 

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