• Jun 30th 2006 at 4:31PM
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Quiqley has performed aftermarket 4WD conversions for more than 25 years. Now that GM is offering its Duramax diesel in the full-size G-van platform, Bowtie (and GMC) fans looking to combine all-terrain capability, diesel fuel economy and towing power, and up to 260 cubic feet of cargo room have a place to turn.

The basis of the conversion is the substitution of a Dana 60 front axle for the GM van's stock dual control arms, which is driven by a manually-shifted New Venture 261 transfer case. The stock corporate 14-bolt rear axle is swapped out for a Dana 70 unit. This is some serious undercarriage. It's also possible to get a conversion built using an independent front suspension, if the goal is better on-road foul weather traction rather than maximum off-road performance.

The conversion isn't cheap - a bit over $10K, plus the price of the van itself - but the total cost can be significantly less expensive than a typical full-size SUV, and we promise that there won't be a soccer mom in your neighborhood with anything like it.

[Source: Quigley]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      it were excelent if it was a liitle cheap. 10.000$ is to expensive, i think
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmm. Whatever happened to NAPCO?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Thats wicked...

      What would be even more great would be getting one of those systems on a conversion van. Ride in style and be able to own Hummers on the trail lol.

      And only $10k? Thats not too shabby.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've seen something similar done before. Here is a video of a similar vehicle from last years SEMA show, http://www.cartv.com/content/research/channels/index.cfm/channel/cartv_video/action/showvideo/vid/e_0187/vscat/SEMA/vcat/Event/pagenum/1

      It's called the Ultimate Adventure Vehicle and has 4wd and is designed to allow you to live for weeks away from civilization (or a bathroom). It features a shower, bathroom, the ultimate in off roading, sink, stove, raising top and more. It can off-road like a Land Rover.

      Like this conversion, it gives you a vehicle that will be a one of a kind on your street! I'm not sure how many people are doing this - but I'd be interested in seeing it done to a Sienna. :-)

      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford has offered the PowerStroke diesel engine in its Econoline lineup for years. Quigley converts Fords en route to dealerships and offers warranty to match the van body.

      The Econoline has been the best built, best selling van for TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS RUNNING!
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