This Ford E250 based Quadravan was converted when new to a four wheel drive vehicle. Apparently there was a small industry doing these, mainly in the Pacific Northwest in this time period. This particular one is found in Missoula, Montana and is up for sale here on eBay where the buy it now price is only $2,950, but the seller is willing to consider even lower offers.
As best as I can tell, the Quadravans were converted to four wheel drive (with Ford’s blessing) by a company called Pathfinder, which is no longer around. This van then received further customizing by The Van Workshop in Portland, Oregon, which I suspect included the decals and distinctive interior.
You can see some rust issues starting in the fender arches, but the body as a whole doesn’t look too bad.
It certainly is a distinctive interior, isn’t it? With the long wheel base, this could really be a work horse, especially if some of the seating was removed.
Here’s a close up of the custom headliner and console. Wow! Someone really liked orange, didn’t they?
Just in case you were wondering if this van had the go to match the show, that’s a 460 cubic inch V8 crammed in under there! The van is said to run and drive well, by the way. After reading some bulletin board threads online here and here, it’s apparent that these are quite capable off road vehicles, and that their owners tend to hang on to them for a long time. The only negatives constantly mentioned are confusion when you need to come up with spare parts, and fuel economy in the 8-11 miles per gallon range. With $2.10 per gallon gas where I am, that fuel economy isn’t a total killer, although I wouldn’t want to use it as a daily driver! But I don’t really need the four wheel drive in North Carolina; I suspect this will go to some enthusiast in the North. What say you, Barn Finds readers? Any interest in this go-anywhere rolling box?