Although old Ford Econoline vans are fairly common, finding an original survivor in good condition is more rare. This particular van has a 5.0L V8 and 4 speed automatic, a common configuration. The body and drivetrain are in nice shape, and it only required a little maintenance to get back on the road.
The air conditioning did require some work, as it still had old R12 refridgerant in the system and did not operate correctly. We replaced seals and a few parts, converted the system to R134-a and got it working again.
These classic vans are great highway cruisers, and capable of hauling or towing when necessary. They don't tend to get as good gas mileage as a comparable station wagon or similar, but they are great workhorses. This van seats 8 (rear-most bench seat shown removed in pictures), or with one or both bench seats removed can haul large cargo with ease.
The final completed project: