Introducing Gidget The Van

After 7 months of waiting we are now the proud owners of Gidget, a 2016 Ford Transit cargo van! We plan on converting Gidget to the perfect little adventure van.

We order her July 4th weekend in 2015 from a dealer up in the Portland area. Why Portland when we are based in San Diego? Because almost all the dealers we went to around here had close to zero knowledge of the Transit and didn’t know anything about QuadVan or Quigley. The dealer we went with has a close relationship with QuadVan and it made the most sense to go with someone who knew about the Transit and had an extensive history with QuadVan.

Here is what we ordered:

  • 2016 350 HD SRW Transit HR Van 148″
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 Engine
  • Long (148″ wheelbase)
  • High Roof
  • 3.31 Limited Slip Axle
  • QuadVan 4×4
  • SYNC 3, Pewter power 10 way seats
  • Reverse parking alert
  • Lane keeping alert
  • Dual batteries
  • Trailer tow package
  • PATS
  • Anti-Theft
  • Upfitter switches
  • Running Board
  • Privacy Glass

The whole process was hit with multiple delays and was a true test of Matt’s patience.

07/02/15 – Ordered 2016 Cargo High Roof, Long, EB
07/20/15 – Received VIN
09/07/15 – Expected Build Date
09/13/15 – Received Window Sticker
11/04/15 – Delivered to Dealer
01/29/16 – Transferred to QuadVan
03/01/16 – QuadVan Finished
03/04/16 – Finally take delivery

Over the weekend we flew up to Portland and drove Gidget home to San Diego.

Fiesta Island

Lightly testing the 4×4 capabilities on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.

Driving in peace

Tricia somewhere in Oregon driving Gidget home.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta behind the clouds.


Driver seat view.

Back View

Rear view.


Front view.


Side view.

Passenger side front tire. QuadVan adds approximately 2 inches of lift.

Passenger side front tire. QuadVan adds approximately 2 inches of lift.

Passenger side rear tire. QuadVan adds approximately 2 inches of lift.

Passenger side rear tire. QuadVan adds approximately 2 inches of lift.

4x4 Shifter Location

4×4 shifter is located next to the emergency brake.

4x4 Indicator Light

4×4 indicator light comes on whenever 4×4 is engaged.


  1. Reply
    Vivian McAleavey April 16, 2016

    What’s your ground clearance after the 4×4 conversion? Did you consider large wheels?

    • Reply
      Matt April 16, 2016

      The ground clearance varies depending on how and where you measure it. It is better than stock.

      Still looking into wheels.

      • Reply
        Vivian McAleavey April 18, 2016

        Any idea what it is at the lowest point on the rig?

        • Reply
          Matt April 20, 2016

          I think the rear differential is the lowest point.

  2. Reply
    aj August 18, 2016

    What was the price with the 4×4 conversion?

    • Reply
      Matt August 18, 2016

      QuadVan and Quigley are $13,000 last I heard. I would call to find out.

  3. Reply
    Mark April 20, 2017

    Quigly told me you couldn’t put larger wheels or tires on because it would impair ability to turn within the wheel well area…

  4. Reply
    Davey June 19, 2017

    Nice. I’m keeping my improvements modular and removable as this will be the nicest work van this cabinetmaker ever had. We have med. roof with side to side bed in the rear window wells where a full size mattress fits. Domestic cooler style fridge, campmor propane stove, anxiously awaiting the passenger “couch” as I have four grandsons. See you on the road!

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