Ford introduced the Econoline van for the 1961 model year, as well as its mix of portable dimension as well as huge tons capability (many thanks to a layout that placed the engine in a “dog house” in between the pole positions as well as the vehicle driver before the front axle) made it a sales hit. GM as well as Chrysler duplicated the Econoline’s format within a couple of years (with the ChevyVan as well as A-100), as well as American roadways of the 1960 s hummed with small-but-sturdy forward-control Detroit vans. Those vans finished the job, however the mid-engined format confirmed a transformative stumbling block as well as Ford relocated the engine onward as well as took on the F-Series pick-up’s front suspension forthe Econoline’s 1969 model year Today’s Junkyard Treasure is just one of those second-generation Econolines, discovered in a Denver-area self-service yard.
The guest variation of the Econoline was called the Club Wagon for a lot of its life, however the Econoline name confirmed so unforgettable that a lot of us use it as the common name for all E-Series Ford vans of the 20 th century.
In 1971, the Econoline was readily availablein half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton versions, with either 105.5″ or 123.5″ wheelbase lengths This set is the huge one-ton, long-wheelbase beast, called the E-300 SuperVan.
The engine still lived well back as well as under a dog house in between the pole positions, however a lot of it was onward of the front axle as well as the vehicle driver’s knees had a little bit much more range from the outdoors. Beginning in 1975, the Econoline got a much longer snout as well as an authentic body-on-frame style rather than the loosely-related-to-the-Falcon framework of earlier years.
The develop tag for this van was lengthy gone, so there’s no informing what its initial engine may have been. This set belongs to the Windsor V8 family members, most likely a 289 or 302, as well as it’s most likely the 4th or 3rd mill to have actually powered this van throughout its half-century when traveling. The base engine in the 1971 E-300 was a 240- cubic-inch straight-six ranked at 150 horse power, with a 302- cubic-inch V8 as the only engine upgrade readily available.
There was a time when this Edelbrock Entertainer light weight aluminum consumption manifold would certainly have been ordered promptly by the initial junkyard buyer to detect it, however those days are lengthy past. At the very least somebody got the probably aftermarket carburetor today.
You had specifically 2 transmission options on the 1971 Econoline: a three-on-the-tree column-shift manual or a three-speed column-shift automated. This van has the handbook.
Three-on-the-tree vans were readily available brand-new in the USA through 1987, though Ford quit making thema couple of years earlier Also by the criteria of the very early 1970 s, the V8/manual mix was uncommon in brand-new vans; if you might pay for the V8, you might pay for the slushbox to choose it. Later on in the years, brand-new Detroit vans with hands-on transmissions came to be incredibly unusual, though I do discover the periodic oddball three-pedal machine.
This van functioned as well as functioned and afterwards functioned some much more. The number of junkyard vehicle driver’s seats have been exchanged in throughout its life? Perhaps it obtained a brand-new seat each time it obtained a brand-new engine.
Eventually several years earlier, it obtained fiberglass insulation as well as some timber paneling.
There was an RV-style skylight, however a junkyard buyer got it.
There’s some corrosion, as you would certainly anticipate.
The vehicle driver’s door was banged a lot of times that the demonstrator message ultimately removed as well as needed to be fixed with some not-so-pretty welding.
The number of miles? The odometer has 5 numbers as well as isn’t much assistance, so I’m mosting likely to think a half-million.
The body has actually been repainted, covered, repainted, nicked, repainted, improved, repainted, expanded with body filler, and afterwards repainted some much more. There have to be 150 extra pounds of paint on this van. You might eliminate an arbitrary area as well as hang it on the wall surface, for a lovely masterpiece (I was attracted however my garage is lacking wall surface room).
When you see a vintage Gold Prospectors Association of America sticker label on its bumper,
You recognize a van has tales to inform.
Yes, some fascinating things have actually been carried within.
At some point, it wound up being parked for enough time to have creeping plants mature right into the grille. A 51- year-old two-wheel-drive van with a hands-on transmission isn’t worth high as a job car nowadays, as well as the body is also harsh for a custom-van fanatic to trouble with it. Following quit: the crusher.
A lot more haul than any kind of economic situation van.
Chrysler as well as GM adhered to Ford’s lead in relocating van engines onward, however not till the 1970 s. Appearance, you can examine the oil without entering into the guest sea!