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83-86 club wgn brn whtfld copy

After a five-week cross-country drive in my buddy’s new ’74 Chevy Van, I was prompted the following year to buy my own big square metal box. Well, there was that, and the influence of Sammy Johns. (Look it up here.) So when a completely revamped idea of what a van should be came rolling out of Dearborn in 1975, I knew what I had to buy. This 1983-86 Ford Club Wagon was still much the same design as my ’75 (except of course, for all of those windows). As a matter of fact, it’s still much the same design as today’s E-series Ford vans. They’ve been updated and refreshed over the years, but from a block away they’re still the same. This two-toned window van was seen a couple of days ago in a Wheatfield driveway, still looking pretty good for a 30-year-old Ford van.

 

my very own '75 E-150

my very own ’75 Econoline 150

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

jim@artvoice.com

 


YAK Car Pic of the Day

'75 Ford Econoline 150, Hamburg, N.Y.

…from the “My Old Vehicles” collection here’s my 1975 Ford Econoline 150 van. When I bought it new it didn’t even have a passenger’s seat, so I special-ordered one and until it came in I had a living room chair in its place. Comfy, but not too practical (especially when stopping, going, or turning). A pretty basic van with a 351 cid V-8 and three-on-the-tree, I bought it during my “I like camping but not sleeping on the hard, damp ground” phase. Three different interior remodeling jobs helped hone my miniscule carpentry skills. In its final, wood-paneled-and-carpeted-walls decor I traded it in on a new Mercury Bobcat during one of the gas price hikes of the late 1970s, and got just what I paid for it three years earlier. Not too shabby.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know