If you know someone, are mechanically inclined, or financially endowed don't let this deter you : She's worth it. Even 34 years later, it was quite the experience… Later that summer I got a postcard from the guys, they reported that my efforts had increased their fuel mileage greatly, and hoped to stop by in Ohio on their way back East. One evening while hanging out with the guys, one of them mentioned that the van was getting very poor mileage and power. Because this part was not readily available for me to replace, it was bypassed. These, however, fell in some sort of crack between the campy early models and the more utilitarian later ones. » » Ford Econolines For Sale The Ford Econoline, part of the E-series of vans, has been in production since its debut in 1961 as a compact van based on the Falcon. The van T-boned a Cadillac; actually had the rear axle lift off the pavement about ten feet; then settle back.
. The had a Datsun 510 at the same time what a contrast. Fun Times getting bounced along the floor of that van sliding around corners Charley Horsing the kid sitting next to you! His van exhibited a kind of rust that I soon realized was a unique signature of these second generation Econolines: the little dots where body stresses pulled at the spot welds around the rear wheel arches. The winter time ritual was to put about 1000 pounds of ballast in the back to give something resembling traction. The owner is following the time-honored approach of enthusiastic van owners everywhere and for all time: Customize it! The thing was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and noisy year round. And Ford would not stand still, for a third generation of the Econoline would be out for 1975, leapfrogging the competition again.
In May of 1954, a group of unknown musicians released a new record. I imagine Nissan had me in mind when they released this beast? She was purchased with 73,000 original miles; due to my living in the city she didn't get a lot of opportunities to really stretch her legs until this summer. A quick search on Google and you'll find she's an extremely rare bird and while she'll break necks as is, in the right hands she's got loads of potential. All the Glass is in Excellent Condition all Windows Roll up and Down and all Doors Open and Closed Beautifully!!! These vans are etched pretty deeply into my memory. For reasons unknown to me, this was deemed the culprit.
All the delivery guys used to drive around town with the sliding door opened probably most of them without seat belts. Is there a vehicle from that time period with a lower survival rate than these? Without ladders I always approached but never hit 20mpg on the highway. The front seat passenger in the E-lines had a very cramped leg space, and odd seating position, thanks the the engine and dog house being significantly shifted off-center to the right. Early Econoline models included pickups, camper conversions, and motorhome conversions. This particular van demonstrates the degree to which rust was a problem on these.
Oil and filter just changed, tranny fluid and filter, cooling system service, hoses, belt, brake master cylinder, all brake shoes and wheel cylinders, brake lines, new tires, tune up parts, original carb just rebuilt. But the big news was that the era of forward control was over. Surf shop decals on the rear windows are a nice touch. It never came to pass, as for a number of reasons, they never left Cali and have been there ever since arriving. But although his taste differs from mine, I salute him. A few years later, better off, I went to Georgia in pursuit of a rust-free vehicle.
In a way, the same thing happened upon the introduction of the second generation Ford Econoline. At this time my brother was living at home, until he found a new place to live. As if one was not enough, the redesigned van would bring a second paradigm shift: the second generation Econoline would no longer be passenger-car based. The shocks were shot and the roof would flex and pop in the wind. For a time, Dodge would take the sales lead with a more civilized version, until its 1970s quality woes caught up with it. I knew his was a V-8 from the sound of the idle and take off. Or did this van just arrive from Florida? If you're looking for an amazing Classic vehicle to take on, look no further.
But the first generation Econoline which lasted from 1961 through 1967 was not a perfect vehicle. As a kid, I delivered newspapers for the Independent-Journal Marin County, Cal. It was called Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and his Comets, and is often considered to be one of the very first examples of a new musical genre that would become known as rock and roll. But these 2nd gen models had a nimble feel that the 3rd gen lacked. I spent a lot of time both riding in and driving both of them. I went to the junkyard and bought a seat out of a cutlass with seat belts and put that along the drivers side wall. The servicemen I hired had beat it like a rented mule.
When the engine went I bought a rebuilt 300 and found that the original was a 240. No sense in being extravagent. She was a barn find then and she's been my only vehicle since. The point is, that sometimes the world changes in a fundamental way, and nobody really notices until later. Ford, the company that was so fond of better ideas, came up with a pretty good one: The front wheels and engine would move forward and the driver would move back. The new Econoline was planned for introduction as a 1968 model.
The driving position was much like I imagined would be in a city bus — with upright seating and a nearly horizontal steering wheel. Overhead is a luggage or sleeping for anyone uner 175 lbs. The thoroughly conventional Econoline immediately jumped to the head of that class, outselling its competitors by a wide margin. We would switch drivers while hurtling down the interstate at 75 mph. And we had no idea at the time. I replaced all the brakes today and everything looked fine in mechically underneath but I did notice its going to need a New Tailpipe - and you would probably want to check thru suspension etc completely before it will be ready to get back out in the Traffic - as its been sitting for a long time Also the Battery Tray was rusty and I managed find a good cleaned used one today in a Wrecking yard and have it cut off - it will be in the back of the Van you will just need to drill the spot welds off bracket and spot weld it back in place - but super had to find a clean one of them - been looking for one in wrecking yards and they all seem to rust out - but thanks to some good old time wrecking yards in California I managed to get an Genuine used one from Turners Auto Wrecking in Fresno yesterday!!! First and reverse were gone…not linkage, something deeper. Enough room to carry tools and a couple kids.