Hey guys, awhile ago in a magazine, I read about "van-savers" where you could cut off the back of a rusty van and use a fiberglass rear wall to "save" the cab. I am looking for the same thing for my 96 Cutaway E-cab. I tried using a search on the internet but just came up with a ton of abstract postings. Would anyone know of a company that makes these walls? I am absolutely sure there is one out there. Thanks, and please, any help is appreciated.
They have developed a "back wall" for the E-Series Cutaway Cab. Sorry, I can't help with part numbers or release dates, but I have seen one at a Ford plant, and have read a little blurb about them too.
If you can't wait for Ford's release (very soon now... this spring), then try U-Haul Corporate Headquarters. They contract to a body builder who completes the cab of a cutaway with about 6 to 8 inches more room behind the B pillar... sometimes with a back window. U-Haul has spec'ed these all steel backs on certain Hi-Cube moving vans with both the 1975-1991 Ford van cabs, as well as the 1992-2002 Ford van cabs that you are interested in.
I have no contact information on the actual builder for U-Haul, but, again, at least you have 2 places where you can now narrow down your search. Not bad for 21 hits.
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Now see, THAT was helpful! Thank you so much for the help. I am definitely going to call up my Ford dealer and see. It may be too expensive, but I will just have to see. I would think that a reasonable price would be somewhere between $500 and $1,000, hopefully I can get one, for that. Thank you so much!
Try an Ambulance manufacturer. I do not know where you are located but if your around Jersey there is PL Custom in Manasquan.
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I just bought an 87 cutaway with a Supercab extention. I got it from Braun NW the westcoast manufacturer of Braun Ambulance conversion.They have the mold there for the earlier cab. They told me their counterpart in Minesota, Braun Industries, has the mold to make cab backs for late model cabs.Sounded like they would be in your price range. They had three that they had done for themselves and they looked real nice. Give them a call.
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I own a 1990 E-350 ex U-Haul 17 foot moving van and a 1992 Braun 14 foot Super Chief ambulance. The U-Haul box and cab back wall are separated by an air gap of about 3 inches. When driving down the road, we discovered when stretched out full length across the front seats (persons up to 5'7" can sleep this way without taking out two screws for each door arm rest for additonal end clearance) that the forward projecting "mother's attic" forward box projection moves around noticeably compared to the position of the cab. Maybe that flexing is why U-Haul designed these with the gap between the cab and the rear box. The box and back wall are NOT steel. They are fiberglass. Mine now has 125K miles on it and it's still like new. Seems to me their design works well for what they wanted. But the interior box height of 7 feet 2 inches is way more than I need. I'm considering lowering the top by a foot or so to be more like U-Haul's earlier moving van box designs. Some were as little as 5'10". Think of how much wind drag each unnecessary addtitional inch of vertical projection adds. The U-Haul box is wider than the Braun ambulance. I'm considering ways to add a passage way between the U-Haul E-350 cab and the box. That gap makes the project much more demanding than it would be if this were a single wall design like the ambulance. Any suggestions as to flexible rubber accordian door material sources for filling the perimeter of this passageway gap would be appreciated.
Parking the U-Haul next to the Braun ambulance surely shows a wild contrast. By comparison, the Brawn is low and sleek appearing, only partly because the 1992 new cab body style appears sleeker. I've parked it next to other E-350 ambulances and it's larger than them, but it's shorter, narrower and less tall then the E-350 U-Hual. My 14 foot (not the much more common 12 foot designs) Braun is the largest E-350 ambulance I've ever been able to find, and is now only available on the 450 chassis, but it's small compared to the U-Haul. Not only is the U-Haul about 10 inches wider (just from memory), but the box stands much higher. Both have similarly low loading height. Both have raised floor projections to accomodate rear dual tire clearances. The cab to rear passageway in the Braun is wonderfully executed with a nicely fitting hinged door. I wish my Braun were as wide as the U-Haul, and I wish my U-Haul interior standing height were as low as the Braun, which is still plenty. Obviously the ambulance cab to box passageway is superior to anything that's possible with the U-Haul's 3 inch open space gap.
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Lovelearn for the flexible rubber, try a Big Truck dealer. Such as Kenworth, Freightliner etc. or similar business, check out what they use to fit between the sleeper and cab.
Where did you pick up the uhaul? Thats what I am looking for.