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My brothers vintage Econoline.

1964 Ford Econoline Van.

My brother Mike just recently purchased this 1964 Ford Econoline van in February 2021. He plans on doing lots and lots of travelling in it so it will never be a dust bunny collector in any way. The van originally came from South Carolina and because of this the body is mint mint mint. The van was previously customized and Mike plans on putting the van back to where it should be with front and rear bumpers, original steel wheels with hub caps and all emblems reinstated. The motor is the original 170 in line six cylinder with three speed stick on the tree. We have had to have the cylinder head redone because of worn guides and burnt valves but the bottom end looks strong on this 170. Mike and I are going through the vehicle front to back to makes sure the van is perfect mechanically in every way. In the past owners of this vehicle were totally clueless because we found countless mickey mouse disasters everywhere. The wiring alone is the worst I have ever seen in my life with masking tape and hand twist connecting. Mechanically we are having to fix everything on this vehicle and I do mean everything. This vintage truck is going to be driven, so it must be safe in every way. Once we have completed all the mechanical work and the truck is back on the road, the plan is to make the interior good enough to travel in and to make the exterior all white. This 1964 Ford vintage truck is now complimenting Mike's 1962 Ford Falcon sedan beauty. Cheers.


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Mario on Mar 26, 2021 said:

Nice looking 64 Van and good luck with your project. You have a big head start with the great condition the van is in so give it lots of love and you'll do fine. Regards, Mario

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azmusclecar on Mar 26, 2021 said:

When I was a kid waaaaaaaaaaaay back when, the neighbor had one of these and I would see him leave about the same time every morning as I walked to school.

I humorously thought to myself that if you jammed the brakes on with that nose heavy vehicle it would stand on it's face. I wasn't a very bright kid then, not much has changed.

The old three on the tree I see........awesome.

Keep us posted as progress begins.

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57timemachine on Mar 26, 2021 said:

Rob, it was the pick up version of the early Econoline that had a serious tendency to lift in the rear with hard braking. It was a problem with no load of any kind in the rear. Ford was forced to retro fit these early vehicles with a 160 pound weight mounted in the rear underneath. Companies like Chevrolet had a field day exposing this fault in the Ford Econoline and there is footage of GM exposing this problem on film. Check out some of the U Tube video's showing the vehicles lift up in the air in the rear with hard braking, it is hilarious. Cheers.

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