Thanks for the kind welcome folks!
I've been reading the forum for some time and I gotta say that some fine, knowledgeable folks hang out here! I plan to become a paying member shortly.
As for plans... She already has a 12" lift, gas shocks, 39.5 swampers, lockers, 12k Marker winch, 8 KC lights, rack and more. At this point I plan to do the maintenance the other owner failed to do and let that engine BREATHE to a new pacemaker. I'm also gonna change the tires down to a 36-37" with a roadworthy tread. It sounds like a buzz saw in there.
This is my 4th 4x4 van but first diesel van. They are great vehicles for almost everything. I built the first 3 vans but this one came with the Quigley mods which is fine with me.
For the last 8 years I've been driving my Hummer H1 and getting tired of the constant upkeep, small space and limited passenger room. Last year we tried to be the first to break into Bear Valley Idaho at the end of the winter in the H1 but didn't make it. Fortunately it had front and rear hydraulic winches or it would still be there. My last 4x4 Van (gasser 460) had zero problems getting in. Sort of a badge of honor hereabouts.
I picked her up in Houston and drove back to Idaho last week and on the first stretch I hit almost 14mpg but I decided to have the oil changed and check the air filters. The air filters looked like they had been soaked in tar so I replaced them and the oil and so forth then hit the road again expecting an increase....
Mileage dropped to 11. Weird.... Very little change in driving habits along the way. I was hoping this "box" was some sort of ancient chipper that I'd screwed up somehow but guess not. I'll just leave it turned off.
Any suggestions for a controller? I've got a few thoughts based on what I've read here.