In return, I was gifted with some of the Central American smoking materials that they carried with them. Every American van since is basically the same thing, except for the hood and engine sticking out a wee bit further. That is not the case here, but its not so nice that we would be afraid to take it on a road trip. The 3rd gen, in addition to having much better foot room, was leagues ahead in refinement. If you are doing a Dodge van like me don't forget to add your adjuster pin and spring cable guide before assembly. I encountered a minor snafu positioning the cooler unit. In high school, one of my best friends was Tom.
I used that excuse to get out of my Datsun pickup with the contractors shell and into the van. But deep down, I missed that rugged, spartan old van. The van T-boned a Cadillac; actually had the rear axle lift off the pavement about ten feet; then settle back. . The thing was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and noisy year round.
A 300 and three-on-the-tree — taught me the joys of simplicity and lugging as a driving technique. In May of 1954, a group of unknown musicians released a new record. Neutral but helpful info: Please be aware, no power locks, windows, steering or breaks. A change of vocation to teaching and the 100 mile commute that went with it spelled the end for it. A trip on an icy side street had me do a 180 when I touched the brakes. Color-keyed rubber mats on the floor, even. A couple of commenters were concerned that it does not have a place to sleep, so the seller is now including the vintage 1968 Helite Valiant camper trailer that he has restored to match.
The van it self is powered by its original 302 2bbl V8 engine and an automatic transmission. Bottom Line The power steering cooler I bought came with a couple of these three, I think but I'm glad I spent the few bucks extra for these. Bottom Line recommended Great product for the price and engineering. I doubt that anyone realized what was happening when the first Gen2 Econolines started to hit the streets in the middle of 1968. It was a delivery van that had been customized with a giant rear side window , carpeting, and a comfy bench seat that folded into a bed.
Enough room to carry tools and a couple kids. Overhead is a luggage or sleeping for anyone uner 175 lbs. A shorty six-cylinder one just like this was going to be the one I took, for obvious reasons. Alas…I entered the Navy with it, and immediately upon arrival in Cali, the three-speed quit. 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.
Fair warning, I'm not a gear head by any means, so beyond what Ive mentioned, I don't have much other knowledge outside of how amazing I think this vehicle is! The servicemen I hired had beat it like a rented mule. I traded it in for a song; and not long thereafter I saw it around San Diego with a Mexican-looking gardener-type driving. But before he finishes this one, he has a lot of rusted metal to deal with on the lower third of the body. The Falcon-based Econolines have long had a retro-chic kind of respect. Because this part was not readily available for me to replace, it was bypassed. There is a mini documentary about it, and its descendents, on YouTube. I am not sure that there is, and I include Vegas.
Instead of carpet or even rubber mats, the van featured painted metal floors that were worn down to the shiny steel from constant shoe traffic. So I did use the kit, just came with the new cooler. You can figure it out from there. I knew his was a V-8 from the sound of the idle and take off. What is beyond debate, however, is that the world changed in a subtle but significant way when this van hit the streets.
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. Because they really were revolutionary, in a quiet sort of way. The perp was well enough to try jumping out the rear doors — front ones were buckled shut — and had to be restrained on the pavement. It never came to pass, as for a number of reasons, they never left Cali and have been there ever since arriving. Most interesting evolution, cab backward being a lot more practical. It was a camper conversion done when brand new back in 1968.
Two ashtrays though, if you do partake! The had a Datsun 510 at the same time what a contrast. These old Gen2 E-Lines may still rumble around in Oregon or Texas, but here in the midwest, I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have seen one of these in the wild or anywhere else, for that matter. The 300 cid inline 6 was mated to a three speed column shifted transmission. If you know someone, are mechanically inclined, or financially endowed don't let this deter you : She's worth it. It has been serviced on every mechanical system. For reasons unknown to me, this was deemed the culprit. These allowed me to just snip off the ones that came with the unit and just pop in a few new ones.