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    Posted: 02 Jan. 2019 at 10:18am
Since this is the "other vehicles" section, I thought I would post up other things besides jeeps that are consuming my time.


It's a 1964 Econoline Travelwagon. These were set up as campers originally with cabinets and small kitchen equipment. All the camper stuff had been removed from this van, but it does still have the pop-up roof. I bought it just like the photo depicts; it's someone's halted project and now it's my project. All the parts (well most of them) are in the back and I've started inventory and trying to piece together the Econo-puzzle.


Edited by otto - 04 Jan. 2019 at 4:05pm
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Are you just going to make it a van or are you keeping the pop up roof?
You mentioned all the camper stuff is gone....
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The pop up top will absolutely stay; it’s the main reason I bought it besides the condition of the body. The van is amazingly straight and rust free. I can actually stand up in the van under the top when it’s up- and I’m 6’ 3”!
If the cabinets were still in it I would most likely remove some of them as I need enough space to load a motorcycle.


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Looking up local Willys on Craigslist, noticed an Econoline Travelwagon for sale in Baltimore. Has a Bronco 4WD drive train. Kind of interesting. https://baltimore.org/cto/6758770211.html
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Well that link does work better. That is interesting! I've wondered if Bronco or Scout axles would fit under the old Econos; now I know. I like the concept and if it was a van it could put the 'travel" in Travelwagon. That front axle engineering looked a bit sketchy though.
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I sort of like them but I like old stuff. Back in college I had a room mate with an Econoline that a PO had put a 300 ci six in. The thing would run...
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I got the van up on stands and was working underneath and noticed this bracketry for holding a cylindrical object. Propane? water? Nitrous?

There is a step on the passenger side below the doors that has a mechanism which will swing the step out when one of the doors is opened. This may or may not stay.

Also got the van running- it just took some fresh gas. It runs like a 55 year old van; not great, but not horrible. The odometer shows 89K miles and from what I see throughout the van, I think it's original miles. At least the van is mobile now and it can be moved around under its own power.
I'm super happy with the condition of this thing, I can't find any rust on it anywhere and reassembling it is almost fun. This is the simplest vehicle I can remember working on and in many ways is simpler than a jeep.
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Not a new style of camouflage but just a guide coat for block sanding- a lot of block sanding. Finally getting my hands on this project after many other distractions. 
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This is such a cool piece! Kudos to you for bringing this back!! 
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My dad drove these as well as the Econoline pickups in the 60's as a Sheet metal man what is now called a HVAC tech course dad was the foreman of the shop and most commercial jobs before the end of the 60's
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Originally posted by nofender nofender wrote:

This is such a cool piece! Kudos to you for bringing this back!! 


Well, I haven't brought anything back yet, I have made some improvements though. I do have a plan for the van, and my mind reels from the ideas I have for it. So far it's gotten:
  • upgraded to an alternator from its original 12V generator
  • the exhaust manifold machined flat and its blown-out gasket replaced
  • upgrade to a PCV system and the road draft tube sealed
Two of these resulted in less nasty fumes inside the cabin from the engine cover. Also lashed the valves and tuned it up a bit- runs pretty good now.

I've only driven the van on the little gravel road that I live on, it's interesting to drive...
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Originally posted by otto otto wrote:

I got the van up on stands and was working underneath and noticed this bracketry for holding a cylindrical object. Propane? water? Nitrous?

There is a step on the passenger side below the doors that has a mechanism which will swing the step out when one of the doors is opened. This may or may not stay.

Also got the van running- it just took some fresh gas. It runs like a 55 year old van; not great, but not horrible. The odometer shows 89K miles and from what I see throughout the van, I think it's original miles. At least the van is mobile now and it can be moved around under its own power.
I'm super happy with the condition of this thing, I can't find any rust on it anywhere and reassembling it is almost fun. This is the simplest vehicle I can remember working on and in many ways is simpler than a jeep.

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WOW, a trip down memory lane.

Glad your bringing the van back to life.Smile

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Spent the day block sanding, haven’t done this in a while. I think I know how migrating birds feel now. Most of the guide coat came off and showed some spots I expected while revealing other areas that caught me by surprise- that’s  why this step is important. 
The PO put a fair amount of decent primer on so some imperfections blocked out 
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Making a little progress. The color is not my favorite but it’s growing on me . While it doesn’t look much different from two months ago, a lot of work has been done. I had to re-do some previous work and blocked out the panels twice. Should look pretty good. 


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