OK, so what’s it been, like 2 years this guy’s been driving this thing around the continent? The Econoline was restored here at Doug Jenkins Garage just about 2 years ago and it hasn’t spent much time resting since. He drives around like a retired guy for a while, stores the van and flies home to Ontario Canada for a while, then flies back and drives around some more. Customer just sent me these postcard photos the other day and I think they are too cool. He drives around with a bike in the back, takes it out and rides around when the weather is nice. Nice.
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This photo was taken a couple of weeks after the ’67 Ford Econoline Van restoration project left Doug Jenkins Garage. Customer flew down from northern Ontario, visited for a couple of days, took Doug to a hockey game, and then drove the long way home. Word came back that the trip went very well, weather was lousy, van performed well.
It’s spring! Know how you can tell? It’s not pitch black. When the owner left Missouri there were flowers starting, when he got home it was, um, spring?
Scooby Doo where are you?!! Everything that was right about the van culture and nothing that was wrong with it is shown here; it’s ready to have as much fun as you can pack into it, but we don’t have acne any longer! Classic car restoration meets pop culture and we’re all the better for it.
Make sure you click on this photo and check out this amazing interior. The styling of all classic cars is cool and something about this Ford’s interior design is just wholesome! Notice the custom center console, custom leather seats, racy looking hood pins holding the lid on the doghouse, and a couple of hints of the killer sound system installed here at Doug Jenkins Garage.
You’re smiling now, right? How can you not!
Besides restoring this classic, a number of upgrades were made. A sub-woofer there that will wake the dead, urethane bedliner on the wheel wells and under the carpet, fully upholstered interior panels and the entire interior is insulated with Dyna-Mat. The blue bag is the straps and fasteners for the tie-down system installed from Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs. I never much liked shag carpet and beads anyhow, this is much cooler…and healthier.
Same view as above, carpet removed; it pulls out real easy. Two rails there with hardware and a front tire chalk for the guy’s ’69 BSA motorcycle.
Here’s another view of the awesome front wheel chalk for tying down a motorcycle in the back.
Let’s Go! Everything about this van is inviting; the color scheme is right, the wheels and tire style/size, ride height. This custom restoration included a V-8 upgrade to a 302, front disc brakes, AC, big sound, leather seats, what else could you want!
Heck, it’s even good looking from the rear.
The customer flew here from northern Ontario, Canada, last week and took delivery of the van. He called yesterday after visiting something like 7 states on the east coast as he drove the long way home to let me know everything was going well. Posts of his trip, and photos of the Restored Falcon Van in scenic places will be following.
Delivery is scheduled for Monday, customer is flying in from Canada and going to drive this custom ’67 Falcon Van into the snow storm. I guess it had better get done today, huh?
Nice shiny doghouse in this 1967 Ford Falcon Van hot rod, hood pins and everything for that really racy look…and the original latch will get covered up by the custom console with a nice sound system, cup holders, air conditioning and kitchen junk drawer.
OK, now we’re getting down to the last little pieces! The ’67 Ford Econoline Resto-Mod is about ready to zoom, finishing up the interior, ain’t this seat something! The original plan called for late-model take-out seats from a Cadillac or similar in order to get the built-in three point seat belts, but it didn’t work because the space is too small. Modern high-back seats interfered with the pillars. So the original seats got a very nice make-over. New foam was shaped a little to get a better look and better comfort…and they got leather, something Ford probably wasn’t thinking of.
Man, Econoline isn’t the right word, is it? Even Falcon Van, as this was called in its home in Canada, sounds a little spartan. Anyway, the best quality carpet goes in back over the heavy urethane pickup bed liner.
The customer is going to haul a classic BSA motorcycle in the back of this Econoline occasionally, so the carpet is removable and below is this heavy urethane bed liner. It will help with noise and thermal insulation as well.
And for every surface that doesn’t get bed liner, we have acres of sound-deadening Hushmat. OK, a Ford Econoline is kind of boxy, and it can sound like a big old can in its stock configuration. But no more!
The Econoline Restoration project is coming to a close. Delivery of this ’67 Ford is in a couple of weeks and the final details are being completed. This photo shows the air conditioning installation that will soon be enclosed by a custom made console. Last chance to see it!
Hey, you want to hear it run? Check out this video for fun. The sound quality on the 15 year old hand-me-down-from-my-father-in-law camera isn’t much, but it gives you the idea…this ain’t my father-in-law’s pokey old van!
The interior is ready for corrosion protection and spray-in bed liner. The owner of this Econoline Van will be using it to travel around the country with his BSA motorcycle to nice spots for day trips, so bed liner is the ticket for durability and cleanliness. A removable carpet will also be fitted.
This product is Eastwood’s Rust Encapsulator. It is applied before the urethane bed liner is sprayed on the floor of this 1967 Ford Falcon Van restoration.
Here’s another view of the engine with the flawless, beautiful, perfectly fit custom radiator/fan/shroud assembly.
I was researching a set of wheels the other day for the ’66 Lincoln and noticed that Dayton, the leading manufacturer of wire wheels, features a car on their site that was built here! Check…http://www.daytonwirewheels.com/lowridercars.htm
This 302 fills the hole nicely, don’t you think? The Econoline project is moving along towards a March delivery date.
Don’t you just love clean work! This is an automatic overdrive transmission that will really help with good highway speeds, fuel economy, lower heat, and quieter operation.
This one comes from a Canadian, and it’s the Canadian Falcon version of the Ford Econoline. Same machine, different trim, same potential screaming for customization and updating. Scooby Doo goes to the arctic!
It started out pretty rusty! Many restoration projects involve heavy rust repair, so it’s no special challenge. Body restoration on this job begins with removing all of the old material, cutting out the rust, rust-proofing and installing new panels.
Then the usual body restoration work, dent removal and custom paint.
I’m OK with straight 6 cylinder engines, I’m not being critical or anything, but why not a V-8!
And for more ponies we need more cool. This custom radiator/shroud/fan setup comes from Bill Kydd, my favorite radiator guy. I normally buy stuff from Be Cool on standard installations, like 600 HP in a ’65 Mustang, but for those totally custom jobs, like a 302 V-8 in an Econoline van, Bill’s the guy. Be Cool recommended him to me years ago and it’s been a flawless relationship. I call him, we visit about stuff and complain about the government, I tell him how much power in how small a hole, he makes it up and guarantees it 100%, I write a big check and every single customer with this setup is completely satisfied. I’ve never had a cooling issue with Bill’s equipment.
With all that go fast in the doghouse we need a ton of stop under the pedal. So as always, I call Master Power Brakes and they have the stuff. Got the rotors and calipers and pedal assembly from Vic LaFountaine, an Econoline guru in, where else, LA.
Check back here regularly for progress. With any luck the snow will be clear from here to Ontario at the end of March and the owner of this really cool custom ’67 Econoline will pick up his freshly restored and customized van and drive away.