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Truck Thursday: NPOCP – First Generation Econoline Pickup

LongRoofian June 4, 2015 Hooniverse Truck Thursday 9 Comments

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So as my fellow Hoons may remember, this olelongrooffan used to Hoon around in a 1963 Ford Falcon Station Bus. Like every car I have ever owned, whenever I see a variant of that olestationbus, I have to stop and check it out.

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A couple weeks ago while this olelongrooffan was hanging out in the pits I harkened down to the sponge docks that make up the town of Edin that is Dun and on the way home, this forward control pickemup was spotted.

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I struck up a conversation with the retired hippy/Air Force vet who ran the flea market stand where it was being offered. Turns out he traded a bunch of Star Wars memorabilia for this ole truck and was convinced he got the better end of the deal.

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This olelongrooffan? Believe me fellow Hoons, if this dude sells this thing for anywhere near the asking price of 7,900 bucks, I will call that “Well sold.” Caveat: It does have the rare automatic transmission.

What do my fellow Hoons think?

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  • LEROOOY

    Well I love the van, but I hope I’m not the only one to wonder what Star Wars memorabilia got traded for this awesome van….

  • stigshift

    Sometimes, rarity is good. In this case, the rarity is automatic. Not so good, from a Hooniversal perspective.

  • P161911

    I don’t really know the Econoline market, but if this thing is somewhat restored and doesn’t have any rust, then $7,900 doesn’t sound out of line for a nice usable classic vehicle. Any other 1960s truck in similar shape would command at least $7900.

  • 0A5599

    I remember when these were priced at disposable prices. I think the scrap heap claimed most of those.

    I’ve been looking for a Dodge A-100 pickup at a scrapheap price, and they all tend to be a lot more than I’m willing to part with. If Ford prices are anywhere comparable, this one is in the right ballpark for its apparent condition.

  • Age_of_Aerostar

    I remember watching a video of an Econoline pick up truck in some comparison test with a GM truck, or maybe a Dodge too….. anyhow, it apparently does a nice nose-dive-into-head-stand under hard braking. I would have tried to post the link, but it was 10 seconds of a clip that was 20 min long.

    • longrooffan

      Ford actually came up with a fix for that. They bolted a steel plate beneath the bed floor just behind the rear axle. I would suspect acceleration times were cut in half with that plate in place.

      • stigshift

        The sponge docks are in Tarpon Springs, not Dunedin…

  • Cool_Cadillac_Cat

    I can say the Doge A-108 passenger van I had as my first ride, for everything, was a blast to drive.

    Short in length, and the 318s V-8’s trans was geared so that 1st and 2nd would take the then brand-new ’85-86 Z28s and 4.9L Fox-body Ferds to the cleaners…until about 45 MPH. Then 3rd year.

    Yawn…

    At least it got double-digit MPGs with said 3rd gear.

    Because these are effectively mid-engined, they handle remarkably well. Mine was stiff enough, I could lift the inside rear wheel without much trouble, though it did have the optional 1-ton springs in it. Truck rode like crap, until you had 1,500 lbs. in it.

    Four wheel drum brakes, and no-power-anything is an eye opener for many folks, but the steering isn’t that bad, what with a wheel the size of what you’d normally see in a Grumman.

    This one, though…yep, if you’re a Ferd guy, and the automatic doesn’t put you off, it’s close to NP.

    BTW, the linkage in a manual goes all the way back to about the middle of the body, so it’s not the greatest-feeling. Clutch linkages can be a bit delicate, too. I know, I had to redesign mine after it kept breaking the actuating rod which was like 3′ long.