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Ford Econoline
Ford E-Series

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A van produced by Ford beginning in mode year 1961. In 2001 the Econoline name was discontinued in favor of the E-Series, with the Econoline 150 becoming the E-150, the Econoline 250 becoming the E-250, and the Econoline 350 becoming the E-350.

The Econoline and E-Series are combined here together because of the very slight visual differences between the Econoline and the E-Series at the time of the switch: it's often not possible to tell the difference between an Econoline and an E-Series from a photograph.

A blurry image of a Ford-based ambulance appears on the cover of the 2017 book Incompatible with Life: Bookworm One by K.R. Pendergrass.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford E-Series page on 2 August 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford E-Series (also known as the Ford Econoline and Ford Club Wagon throughout various stages of its production) is a range of full-size vans produced by the American automaker Ford since 1960. Introduced for the 1961 model year as the replacement for the Ford F-series panel van, four generations of the model line have been produced. In addition to cargo van and passenger van body styles, the Ford E-series has been produced as a cutaway van chassis and stripped chassis (a chassis without bodywork).

With a 58-year production run, the Ford E series is the second longest-produced nameplate by Ford worldwide; only the Ford F-series (1948–present) has been produced longer. For the 2015 model year, the Ford E-series cargo/passenger vans were replaced in North America by the Ford Transit; since then, only cutaway and stripped chassis configurations of the E-series are produced.

From 1961 to 2005, the Ford E-series was assembled at Lorain Assembly in Lorain, Ohio. Since 2006, the E-series has been assembled at the Ford Motor Company Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Prior to its discontinuation, the Ford E-series cargo/passenger van was the best-selling full-size van in the United States since 1980; in 2007, the model held a 79.6% share of the full-size van segment. Commercial or fleet users represented 95% of sales, with cargo vans accounting for nearly half of production.


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1996 Book Ford Camionetas Cerradas 1969 al 1991 Manuel de Reparación by Curt Choate and John H. Haynes, technical editor Arnaldo Sánchez Jr.; Haynes en Español


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1974 Ford Econoline 300 SuperVan 1974 300 SuperVan
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Custom Ford Econoline Model Car Custom "Outlaw" 1977
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Custom Outlaw 1977 Ford Econoline Model Car Custom "Outlaw" 1977
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Custom Outlaw 1977 Ford Econoline Model Car Custom "Outlaw" 1977
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Custom Outlaw 1977 Ford Econoline Model Car Custom "Outlaw" 1977
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Custom Outlaw 1977 Ford Econoline Model Car Custom "Outlaw" 1977
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Custom Outlaw 1977 Ford Econoline Model Car Custom "Outlaw" 1977
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1979 Ford Econoline Captain's Club Wagon 1979 Captain's Club Wagon
Ford Public Relations Photo
KING OF CLUBS - A bold new grille with rectangular headlamps, a variety of new options and the new Captain's Club Wagon shown here, have been added to Ford's Econoline van and Club Wagon lineup for 1979.  Standard Captain's Club Wagon features include quad Captain's chairs, a snack-and-game table and for long-wheelbase models, a combination rear seat and bed - all available as individual options on other models.  Additional new options include power door locks, tilt-wheel steering for models with four-speed manual overdrive transmissions, and a premium-sound system to enhance the performance of Econoline's stereo system.
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Ford Econoline 150 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears
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Ford Econoline 150 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears
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1986 Ford Econoline Model Car 1986
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1986 Ford Econoline Model Car 1986
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Ford Econoline 250
Cricket Wireless
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Ford Econoline Clipart Public domain clip art image from WP Clipart
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Gurtz Electric Ford Econoline Gurtz Electric
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Gurtz Electric Ford Econoline Gurtz Electric
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Dovenmuehle Ford Econoline Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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Ford Econoline Flatbed Flatbed Modification
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Ford Econoline Signs by Fry Signs by Fry
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Ford Econoline Billy's Billy's (Spring Grove, Illinois)
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Ford Econoline Concord Motorsports Concord Motorsports
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Ford Econoline Hilton Garden Inn St. Charles Illinois Hilton Garden Inn (St. Charles, Illinois)
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Ford Econoline Village of Fox Lake Shuttle Van Illinois Village of Fox Lake Shuttle Van (Fox Lake, Illinois)
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Ford Econoline Ken's Beverage, Inc. Ken's Beverage, Inc. (KBI)
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Ford Econoline Integrity Transport Service Ambulance Integrity Transport Service Ambulance
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LR Hein Ford Econoline LR Hein
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Rosen Hyundai Algonquin Parts Express (Ford Econoline) Rosen Hyundai Algonquin Parts Express
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
March 1998Calspan On-Site Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 1996 Acura TL 2.5
Vehicle #2 - 1979 Ford Econoline E-150 Cargo Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 334KB - 18 pages
January 1998Calspan On-Site Adaptive Control Investigation
Vehicle: 1995 Ford E-150
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 340KB - 19 pages
June 1998Calspan On-Site Air Bag Non-Deployment Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford E350 Cargo Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 277KB - 11 pages
December 1999On-Site Side Impact Air Bag Deployment Fatal Driver Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 2000 Cadillac Seville SLS
Vehicle #2 - 1994 Ford Econoline E350 Cargo Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 526KB - 19 pages
June 2000Veridian Remote Adaptive Control/Driver Fatality Crash Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Subject Vehicle - 1992 Ford E-150 Econoline Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 430KB - 17 pages
Febuary 2002On-scene Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
Wheeled Coach Moduvan ambulance on a 1997 Ford E350 series chassis
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 877KB - 21 pages
4 May 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 114: Theft Protection
2004 Ford Econoline Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.1MB - 25 pages
13 May 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2004 Ford Econoline
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.2MB - 227 pages
4 October 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 301L: Fuel System Integrity
2004 Ford Econoline, MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 12.9MB - 67 pages
8 October 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: Child Restraint Anchorage Systems (Lower and Tether Anchorages)
2004 Ford Econoline, MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.8MB - 95 pages
July 2005On-Site Adaptive Control-Equipped Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 1994 Ford E350 R.V. Cutaway with Bus Body
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 713KB - 28 pages
September 2005On-Site Adaptive Control-Equipped Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
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June 2007On-Site Not in Traffic Surveillance Back Over Investigation
Vehicle - 1994 Ford Econoline Van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,688KB - 23 pages
3 March 2008NHTSA Recall 08E019000 Intercontinental Auto Parts ALG 44/1, Purolator F10024, 1978-1980 Ford Bronco, 1977 Ford Country Squire, 1977-1980 Ford E-Series, 1978-1982 Ford F-Series, 1980 Ford Fairmont, 1979-1980 Ford Granada, 1977, 1979-1980 Ford LTD, 1980 Ford Mustang, 1975 Ford Pinto
1979 Ford Ranchero, 1977-1980 Ford Thunderbird, 1980 Lincoln Versailles, 1975 Mercury Bobcat, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Capri, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Colony Park, 1977-1980 Mercury Cougar, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1979-1980 Mercury Monarch, 1980 Mercury Zephyr
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
29 August 2012NHTSA Recall 12V433000
2006-2010 Ford E-Series with Braun Century-2 and/or Vista-2 wheelchair lifts, sold by Quality Van Sales
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
29 August 2012Part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Report
Quality Van Sales, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 12V433000

PDF
- 134KB - 5 pages
29 August 2012Vehicle Defect Owner Notification Letter
Quality Van Sales, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 12V433000

PDF
- 42KB - 1 page
31 August 2012DEFECT NOTICE UNDER 49 CFR Part 573 Mobilityworks Vehicles with Braun Lifts
From: Dennis Summers, MobilityWorks
To: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 12V427000

PDF
- 95KB - 2 pages
31 August 2012NHTSA Recall 12V427000
Ford E-Series with Braun Century-2 and/or Vista-2 Wheelchair Lifts by MobilityWorks>
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
6 September 2012Wheelchair Lift/Outer Roll Stop Latching Mechanism
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Brian Duffy, Quality Van Sales
NHTSA Recall 12V433000

PDF
- 49KB - 2 pages
10 September 2012Wheelchair Lift/Outer Roll Stop Latching Mechanism
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Dennis Summers, MobilityWorks
NHTSA Recall 12V427000

PDF
- 49KB - 2 pages
11 September 2012DEFECT NOTICE UNDER 49 CFR Part 573- AMMENDMENT (recall #12V-427) Mobilityworks Vehicles with Braun Lifts
From: Dennis Summers, MobilityWorks
To: Alexander Ansley, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 12V427000

PDF
- 261KB - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
7 April 2006Ford Econoline Van: In Production Since 1961Jason Moore
20 August 2014GSA Auctions: 1997 FORD VAN CLUB WAGON General Services Administration


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