Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Case in point: The "LWBECO" seen up above. What the folks at Needful Thingz have done is quite brilliant, in my humble opinion. By relocating the rear wheelwheel of a LWB Econoline about 18" back, they've singlehandedly solved the ungainly proportion problems that made the it look like it had been beaten with an ugly stick. Now this type of fabrication is not for the faint of heart. Do not try this at home. But man have they changed my impression of the long wheelbase Econolines. Damn fine work, gents. I'm truly impressed. For those wanting to learn more, go to NTKUSTOMS myspace page .
Hope to be bringing you more on this vehicle down the road.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It's a long story but I'll keep it short. A couple of years a go a young writer who worked for me asked if I might be interested in an Econoline, knowing I liked fixing up old junk. I told him I might be interested and casually inquired, "Do ya know what year it is?" His response went something like this. "I think it's a '64, it was my grandpa's work van and it's been in the garage of his lake house since he replaced it with a new van back in the eighties." Little did he know I had a past with first gens, having owned four different ones and barely surviving the much-maligned "Van Movement" of the seventies with my twenties intact. It didn't take me long to get up to Brownwood, Texas, with a trailer in tow to see what was in store for us. What we found was a bruised, but not beaten Seafoam green Econoline panel van with virtually no options. It didn't even come with a passenger seat or a glovebox door. And it was 100% bone stock as it sat. The mods we have planned? We have a Ford 302 on the stand for her out of a early seventies Bronco. We're looking for an 8", 8.8", or 9" rear for it, as well as a 3-speed automatic. We'll post up more as we add parts. Thanks for reading.
|We had to drag the old girl from her cocoon of twenty years.|
The original plan was to make it my son's first car, but that plan changed with the purchase of '67 Impala -- so the plan is now for the van to be fixed it up and used as the VinVanCo company van. A nice, period-70's van-movement hauler. I wanted to share a few shots of the van as we found it, and cleaned up as it sits in the garage awaiting an influx of capital to fund its restification.
Here's a quick progress report of where we're at.
Incidently, the van is a 1961, and was last registered in 1988.
We've named her "Poochie", in honor of Earl Clements, its first owner,
who was known by that nickname to friends and family alike.
RIP Poochie, yer ol' girl is in good hands.
|First daylight in two decades. Check the faded Seafoam paint. Yum.|
|Here she is back home after a good scrub.|
|Time for a little internal cleanse.|
|144 cubes sans doghouse.|
|The interior post-scrub.|
|Out with the old.|
|Cigars. Candy. Tobacco. Drugs. Now all we need is strippers.|
|Here she is having an out-of-suspension experience.|
|This is in mock-up. Wishful ride-height thinking at its finest.|
|Issue #1 is sold out, but more are coming.|