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2004 Ford E-350 - Adventure-Ready E-350

Posted in Features on June 3, 2014
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Camping has always been a large part of the off-road lifestyle as most off-road adventures will tilt you far away from civilization. Building an expedition-style rig to roam the countryside is more popular than ever, and some of the vehicles hitting the off-road scene are downright amazing. One that recently caught our attention was Justin Marquand’s 2004 Ford E-350. Sure, outfitting a van for off-road living is pretty commonplace, but an ambulance? Well, now, that’s unique.

A mechanical engineer and fabricator by trade, Justin sought to create a custom ’wheeler that he could live out of, but still be able explore beyond where a normal RV could travel. The Mega Ambo, as it’s often called, is the result of four months of dedicated work. Every single bit of the Ford E-350 ambulance has been rebuilt with a purpose. From heated floors and a couch/bed combo, to a stove and toilet, Justin’s Ford E-350 is as expedition-ready as they come.

We caught up with the Ambo-crafter at the Flats off-road park in Marion, North Carolina. We knew the Ambo made for a great camper but were blown away at how far he was willing to push the 10,000-pound-plus rig off-road. He’s not the first to convert a Ford E-350 ambulance into a camper, but he may be the only one to turn it into a 4x4 of this level.

If this photo looks a touch blurry, it’s because we weren’t expecting the Ambulance to take flight. To our amazement, we found Justin wasn’t afraid to push the E-350 to its limits. The landing was a little too shocking for one of the front axleshafts, but not to worry because Justin had a spare nearby.

Vehicle: 2004 Ford E-350
Owner: Justin Marquand, Fletcher, North Carolina
Engine: 6.0L turbodiesel V-8
Transmission: 5R110
Transfer case(s)/ratio(s): NV271/2.72:1
Front axle: High-pinion Dana 60, Knoll Racing Powerlock, 4.10:1 gears
Rear axle: Full-float Dana 70, Detroit Locker, 4.10:1 gears
Suspension (front/rear): Custom 8-in-lift Atlas springs with Ujoint Offroad solid axle conversion, custom 8-in-lift Ujoint Offroad leaf springs
Steering: Ujoint Offroad crossover
Tires: 37x13.50R17LT Toyo Open Country M-T
Wheels: 17x9 KMC XD798
Armor: Ujoint Offroad front bumper
Cool Extras: 15,000lb front winch, 12,000lb rear winch, ARB On-Board Twin air compressor, 300 watts of solar with Blue Sky Energy MPPT charge controller, 10kw Pure Sine Wave power inverter, 600ah house battery bank, DISH Satellite TV, Apple TV, Kenwood 6190 HD head unit, remote-control backup camera, lane-change camera, Viper 5701 alarm/remote start system, Wilson electronics dual-band 5-watt cell booster, Xantrex LinkPRO battery monitor, 50- and 30-in Rigid E-series LED lights

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A Fiamma F65 Eagle legless 3.0m awning was mounted on the passenger side and fitted with wind sensors. On the driver side, a Fiamma Eagle 66 legless awning doubles as a shower enclosure. Hot water for the shower comes from a Girard tankless hot water heater.
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