Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1963 Ford Econoline Pickup - Disproportionately Cool

Remember the Corvair 95 Rampside I posted a few weeks ago? (If not, you can see it here.) This was Ford's answer to it.

Like the Corviar, the Econoline pick up truck was a cab over (or forward control) vehicle. While the Corvair had its engine in the rear, the Econoline's engine was between the front seats.

The Econoline had one huge advantage over the Corvair; the bed was completely flat. However, it had one huge disadvantage; it had terrible traction. With so much of its weight in the front, Ford was forced to put 165 pounds of dead weigh in the rear just to keep the rear tires somewhat attached to the ground during acceleration. While I have never driven one, I assume - even with the 165lbs of weight - that they are a handful to drive in slick conditions.

There is something I like about the looks of the old cab over pick up trucks. (Besides Chevy and Ford, VW, of course, offered one, as did Dodge and Jeep.) The vans do nothing for me, but the pickup trucks look weirdly, disproportionately cool. (I have a friend who says that every car I like is angular and / or disproportionate. She may be on to something.)

It sounds like this Econoline pickup has been sitting for awhile. The seller says it's straight and has no serious rust.

Personally, I'm a Corvair fan, so the 95 Rampside would be my choice if I were in the market for a cab over pickup. But, if you're a Ford fan, this truck might be worth checking out.

Located in Lake Park, MN, click here to see the eBay listing.

PS - Anyone know what kind of heater that is? Is it a gas heater? Was it stock? (At least I assume that's a heater in the picture of the interior.)

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