I just purchased the van. Its second owner restored it over 20 years ago. It was originally a flower delivery van from Harbor Springs, MI. The van was pretty solid, with 45,000 miles, but showed typical wear.
The previous owner started the restoration with a goal of keeping it as original as possible. The main modification was to encapsulate the under body with an industrial coating to prevent future rust, and to line the inside floor with Rhino-liner coating. Also, a custom exhaust header was made, and a dual right side exhaust was added.
An electric cooling fan was added for parade duty. There are a few cosmetic modifications, like a white roof, seat belts, chrome bumpers, blue dot tail lights, deleted vent windows on the front doors, 2 school bus seats, and a removable center console and stereo. Also, the rear suspension had a shackle kit installed to slightly raise the back end. All of the original parts, including taillights, window doors, steel wheels, and dog bowl hubcaps came with the van.
The van currently has 55,000 total miles.
I did a bit of online research, but did not engage anyone before the sale. Now, I have found a Facebook group, and some other sites like econoline.org to get advice and information.
5. HOW WAS YOUR ECONOLINE’S RIDE HEIGHT ACHIEVED?
The rear shackle kit slightly raised the rear, but the rest is stock suspension.
It’s the stock Caribbean Turquoise, with a white roof. As you can see by the old restoration photos and the build plate, it is the stock color.
Also, I plan on alternating the stock wheels and the American Racing wheels depending on my mood.
The stereo is a great example of how I like to keep things modern, but without having to cut the dash or other sheet metal. It’s an older Sony CD head unit. The stereo and front speakers are housed in a custom console that is removable.
The rear speakers are in kicker boxes that are plug and play.
IS THE REST OF THE INTERIOR CUSTOMIZED?
The only interior modifications are the seat belts, and 2 school bus seats in back, a single and one a double. I plan on making those removable, and adding some retractable tie down anchors for bikes. It’s a very stock van.
9. ARE YOU PLANNING ANY ADDITIONAL CHANGES?
I plan no other cosmetic changes, but I am probably going to put a Borg Warner overdrive transmission in it to make highway cruising more enjoyable.
I actually have 2 sets. The van currently has 14” American Racing wheels with 225-70R-14 Cooper Charger tires. The other set of wheels I have are black stock steel wheels with the factory bias ply tires, with white and red dog bowl hubcaps. I plan on replacing the old bias ply tires with black wall radials of some type. I also have a set of chrome and black dog bowls, which may work better with the chrome trim.
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