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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. Here in southern Ontario, Canada where we live, this van would have been a total rot out 10 to 15 years after it was bought new. 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, one tone paint 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 make 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. 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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57timemachine on Apr 21, 2021 said:

An update on my brother Mike's 64 Econoline is that we got back the fully rebuilt cylinder head and put it back on. We also rebuilt the front and rear brakes that only had the fronts working because a previous owner left the rear flex hose plugged up with crud. Also adjusted the steering box with four inches of play. Repaired all the wiring that was a fire about to happen, including engine and under dash wiring. Repaired the horn system and the heater/defrost system. Replaced ALL fluids front to rear and ran some wiring for various items that did not work. There are still a number of items to tend to before we have the vehicle safety certified. Cheers.

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Mario on Apr 21, 2021 said:

You and your brother Mike have been busy beavers on your project van George! Send us more pictures as you go along we'd love to see them. Cheers!

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57timemachine on Apr 21, 2021 said:

We also rebuilt the distributor and replaced the vacuum advance. Someone had already converted to Pertronix electronic, so that saved Mike time and money there. We did a complete engine tune up and replaced all the relevant parts to do so. Next step is to restore the front and rear bumper brackets Mike got and put the bumpers on. Cheers.

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57timemachine on Apr 29, 2021 said:

We have the original front and rear bumper brackets on the vehicle now but we are still looking for original front and rear bumpers. We presently put on some tubular metal bumpers that we made up until we find the original bumpers. The vehicle was too vulnerable to idiots banging into the front and rear and damaging the mint sheet metal. I would like to put a call out to anyone that has or knows of someone that has front and rear bumpers for this vehicle. Mike will consider other years that might work as well. We would greatly appreciate any leads in this regard. Thanks and cheers.

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Mario on Apr 29, 2021 said:

https://www.ebay.com/b/Vintage-and-Classic-Parts-for-1964-Ford-Econoline/10073/bn_87169888

George check out this website on Ebay. All parts for 1964 Ford Econoline. Cheers! Mario

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Mario on Apr 29, 2021 said:

https://cgfordparts.com/wwwsectionfiles/cg_cat3_bumpers.html

Here's another site you can check. Looks like they have the bumpers you need. They're in Calif. Mario

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57timemachine on Apr 29, 2021 said:

Mario, very greatly appreciated for your kind gesture. This is what our great hobby is all about. Old car guys looking out for one another's back. Cheers to you sir.

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Mario on Apr 30, 2021 said:

Hope you can find the bumpers and anything else you need on these sites. I agree George helping each other is a great advantage on this site. Cheers!

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Mario on May 2, 2021 said:

Nice job on the tubular bumpers. They'll do the job you need until you can locate the real bumpers. Cheers.

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Mario on Jun 19, 2021 said:

Hi George any updates to your brother's van? Hope you can post some more pictures on this beauty. Cheers, Mario

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