When your business is building 4x4 vans, you don't have to try too hard for your work to stand out in a crowd. Specializing in 4x4 conversions for 1992-newer Ford E-Series vans, Ujoint Off-Road owner Chris Steuber is an expert in practically all things E-Series. Looking to build a new shop truck/wheeler, Steuber decided to think way outside of the box with what he simply calls V4.
Since Steuber routinely hauls parts and build materials for his shop projects, he wanted a versatile rig that could double as a shop truck. Given his enthusiasm for wheeling and camping, he also wanted something that could handle harsh off-road conditions while toting his custom bed-mounted camper. The result is the custom flatbed van you see before you.
Starting with a 7.3L diesel-powered 2002 Ford E-350, Steuber and his crew wasted little time modifying the original van body and frame. While the cab closeout was done using a fiberglass conversion kit from Blackhawk Industries, the aluminum bed was crafted entirely in house at Ujoint. We've had a chance to see the rig in action more than once and are still surprised at some of the places he manages to push the long-wheelbase machine.
With its unique proportions, it's definitely not quite a truck but not really a van in a conventional sense either. Whatever it is, it flat works great.
At A Glance
Vehicle: 2002 Ford E-350
Owner: Chris Steuber
Stomping grounds: Fletcher, North Carolina
Build Time: 1 year
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke turbodiesel
Transfer case(s): NV271
Low range ratio(s): 2.72:1
Crawl ratio(s): 33.61:1
Front axle/differential: High-pinion Dana 60/Ujoint Off-Road Stage 2 w/RSC upgrade, Knoll Racing Power Lock, 4.56 gears
Rear axle/differential: Sterling 10.5/ARB Air Locker, 4.56 gears
Front: Ujoint Off-Road 6-in leaf-spring conversion, Ujoint dual-shock mount w/Bilstein 5160 shocks
Rear: Ujoint Off-Road custom leaf springs w/Ujoint overload air bags, Bilstein 5160 shocks
Steering: Ujoint crossover
Tires: 37x12.50R17 Mickey Thompson MTZ Radial
Wheels: 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic Lock
Armor: Ujoint Off-Road front bumper, custom aluminum bed, Dynatrac diff covers
Cool stuff: Ujoint Off-Road onboard air; Diamond Eye turbo-back 4-in exhaust, DP Custom tuner, Mag-Hytec trans pan, 30-gal aux. fuel tank, Rigid 30-in lightbar, Auto Meter gauges, Warn 16.5 winch, Southeast Overland synthetic winch rope, S-Pod controller