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flacafranco, NateB
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Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765050 08/26/2020 8:55 PM
by flacafranco
flacafranco
Hi All,

I live between Los Angeles and NYC and don't know anything about Vans or much about cars for that matter.  Most of the time I walk or take the subway or my bike anywhere I have to go in either city.  Due to COVID, I temporarily relocated my family from Manhattan to El Paso, TX, which is my hometown, and we rented a small apartment for what I thought would be a few weeks to a couple of months of quarantine.  That was on March 15th.  Since we rented a van to drive from NYC to El Paso; I fell in love with the space and comfort from day 1 and I decided to buy one to use while in TX.  

I found a 2003 Ford E-150 Conversion Van on Craigslist and I went for it.  I've now replaced the ball joints, front brakes and installed a towing hitch.  From a cosmetic standpoint, I've removed the "stodgy" looking running boards and all the chrome pieces and replaced them with black ones as well as covered the gold paint by painting the bottom third of the van black.  I'm going to add retro racing stripes all around on top of the black color but they're on backorder - I'll update with pics when they're on. (this is all being done in a shop, I barely know how to change a tire!)

This was supposed to be a temporary vehicle but now I'm going up to the mountains camping every weekend with it.  I removed the middle seats myself and put a $20 4x6 rug down and my daughter travels in the backseat bench and our dog has the entire rest of the van to herself.  Once I found this forum it was such a treasure trove of information and inspiration!

There's no way I'm leaving this van behind, I'm in LOVE.   
What do you all think?  

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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765052 Aug 27th a 12:16 AM
by newkirkinc1
newkirkinc1
welcome and nice score.
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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765053 Aug 27th a 12:18 AM
by Starlord
Starlord
Welcome! Good looking van. Yep, these things have a way of hooking you.
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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765057 Aug 27th a 01:05 AM
by lukester
lukester
Welcome from Florida.
Sweet van.
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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765059 Aug 27th a 02:18 AM
by frscke1
frscke1
Welcome to the site ...
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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765063 Aug 27th a 09:47 AM
by NateB
NateB
Welcome!!
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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765256 Sep 4th a 05:32 AM
by SDMickey
SDMickey
Welcome from San Diego . Super clean & interior look Unbelievably clean.
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Re: Hello from LA, NYC, & El Paso, TX - New Van Owner Here #765426 Sep 9th a 12:12 AM
by newkirkinc1
newkirkinc1
Looks very nice!
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