Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1978 Ford Econoline 250 Club Wagon Chateau Van
Two owner survivor -ton Ford Club Wagon Chateau van
Sold new at Gary Sage Ford in Keokuk, original female owner had it until her passing in 2011
Indio Tan exterior (code X) with Dark Brown Metallic trim (code H) and a tan and dark brown interior
460 CID V-8 engine (VIN code A) previous owner stated that it was rebuilt about five thousand miles ago
C6 Selectshift Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission (code G) and 3.73 gearing (code 38)
New brakes and suspension
Air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes and cruise control
Four captains chairs
Dynamat sound damping
Corrugated metal interior trim with rear-mounted amplifier rack powered by its own battery
Need room for your drum kit? Hoping to find something to carry you, your wife and two kids plus all of your mountain bikes to the nearest trails? Looking for a van to tow your new boat? MotoeXotica Classic Cars presents this 1978 Ford E-series 250 Van in top-of-the-line Chateau trim. This van is a true survivor and comes from Keokuk Iowa where it sold new at Gary Sage Ford in Keokuk, the original female owner had the van until her passing in 2011. The second owner also from Keokuk, purchased the survivor van and updated it with a professional stereo system, Dynamat interior and some mechanical restoration.
Built at Fords Lorain, Ohio (VIN code H) factory on June 21, 1978, this van was destined for the Davenport, Iowa area (DSO code 56), where it was delivered to Gary Sage Ford Lincoln-Mercury in Keokuk, Iowa. The van had resided in the same city until 2019 with two local owners.
Finished in Indio Tan (code X) with Dark Brown Metallic trim (code H), this vans paint and trim are in overall very good order and looks classy in this combination. The vans body is straight and solid, the engine bay is tidy, the cargo area is excellent condition and the chrome bumpers look good. Back to the cargo bay, there is currently a single foam mattress aft of the four captains chairs while the interior walls are capped with corrugated metal overlays. On the passenger side is a separate battery powering a Pioneer infotainment system.
This van rolls on Trazano SL369 tires, size LT265/75R16 at all four corners. Each tire is mounted on vented alloy wheels with Ford center caps. The wheels and tires are all in very good order.
Under the very short hood is Fords 460 CID V-8 engine with loads of torque for towing and hauling. Previous owner stated that the engine was rebuilt at around 54,000 miles though we have no documentation to support that claim but the van does run very well. Backing this motor is Fords three-speed automatic transmission and a 3.73:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes and cruise control. Van also sports new brakes and suspension bits.
Inside, the vans tan, cloth seats look great, save for a very minor blemish on the lower seatback of the front passenger seat. The contrasting dark brown carpet is in similar condition while the brown headliner is good, original order. The factory, two-spoke steering wheel with its wood veneer, looks good, while the tan instrument panel (shared with the F150 pickups) and inner door liners are all in good, original shape. The front console and shift lever are in similar order. Theres a Pioneer AM/FM stereo with CD and RDS receiver that accepts SD, Mini SD, Micro SD and SD HC cards. The vans floor has Dynamet applied, too. In the back, corrugated metal trim acts like wainscoting and theres a rear-mounted amplifier rack system powered by its own battery, minus subwoofers.
For 1975, the Econoline/Club Wagon were given a complete redesign. Based on an all-new chassis, Ford became the first American manufacturer to adapt body-on-frame construction to a full-size van.
The new-generation Econoline would become common not only in its own right, but as the basis for other vehicles. With a full frame, the Econoline became popular as a cutaway van chassis; the design served as a basis for many ambulances, and various types of trucks and buses. The shared drivetrain with the F series marked the beginning of aftermarket four-wheel drive conversions. During the 1970s, the Econoline became popular as a basis for van conversions. Using the sparsely-equipped Econoline cargo van as a basis, a luxurious interior was fitted, along with extensive customization of the exterior.
To increase the versatility of the full-size van line, the Econoline was developed using body-on-frame construction for the first time. In addition to increasing the strength of the chassis, the configuration allowed more commonality with the F-series trucks. As before, the Twin I-Beam front suspension was used. In its new configuration, the engine was moved further forward and lowered, relative to the body. In a massive growth spurt, the short-wheelbas
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