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4x4 Ford Van At Hammertown

Four-wheel drive van off-road at King of the Hammers 2020

We met Gavin Johnson, of Livermore, California, as he wheeled the snot out of his '79 Ford E-250 van around Hammertown.

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Here are the specs: The factory 460 still keeps the Ford van moving under the hood. Gavin pulled the transmission and transfer case out of another donor F-250. The front and rear axles are also taken from a Ford F-350. Sense a pattern here? Maybe Gavin likes Ford.

"It has a toilet, a sink, and everything!" He explained how the van was free and for the rest of the build, he either already had the parts on hand or got them within a $200 budget.

The driveshafts are custom-built and though it took a bit of debating, Gavin decided on 39-inch BFGoodrich rubber to handle relations with the harsh Hammertown substrate.

Gavin wheels with a locked rear and an open front differential, and though the carburetor said a few words in protest, we witnessed Gavin and the van climbing hills and crawling rocks that some would say it had no business going anywhere near.

Do you own a 4x4 van that also finds its way off-road? Did you perform the conversion yourself or did you enlist the help of a 4x4 shop? Do you have a favorite 4x4 van from years past in Four Wheeler magazine? Tell us your van stories and please, send a high-resolution image of the rig to editor@fourwheeler.com so we can join in on the 4x4 van excitement.

Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com as well as our social channels for more coverage of the 2020 King of the Hammers where thousands of off-road racers gather for more than a week on Means dry lakebed in Johnson Valley, California. Whether spectating the Ultra4, UTV, dirt bike, T1 truck, or Every Man Challenge races; manning the pit for those on the racecourse, or simply enjoying the unique off-road atmosphere, Hammertown USA was the place to be.