Ford Econoline Van Second generation
|1968 to 1974|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door van|
|Engine||240 CID (3.9 L) I6 300 CID (4.9 L) I6 302 CID (4.9 L) Windsor V8|
|Transmission||3-Speed Manual Cruise-O-Matic|
|Wheelbase||SWB: 105.5 in (2,679.7 mm) LWB: 123.5 in (3,136.9 mm)|
Technically, Ford would not produce the Econoline for the 1968 model year. A United Auto Workers strike delayed the production of the redesigned model into late-spring 1968, delaying its introduction into the 1969 model year.
The redesigned 1969 Econoline would mark a major change for van design in North America. In a major shift from the Volkswagen-inspired cabover configuration seen before, the front axle was repositioned at the front end of the van; the "Twin I-Beam" front suspension was carried over from the F-Series trucks. Shedding its Falcon roots, the Econoline moved the engine forward of the driver, allowing for the use of heavier-duty powertrains, including the first V8 engines.
Over the next six years, the Big Three would all redesign their vans in a similar fashion. The Volkswagen-style mid-engine cabover configurations of the 1960s gave way to vans with engines in the front with a short hood. The shared components for full-size vans also switched from compact cars to full-size pickup trucks.
1970 Ford Econoline Van
These were the first vans used as the basis for the now-popular Class C van-based recreational vehicles (RV), a class still dominated by Ford.
For 1971, the grille was redesigned, and a year later E-Series offered a new feature, and a new model. Sliding rear doors were an option for 1972, as well as the Hi-Cube van, the first van with a stripped chassis used for something other than recreational vehicles.
1973 Ford Econoline Van
The top trim package Club Chateau was introduced with this generation, consisting of houndstooth fabric on all seats, air conditioning, AM-FM stereo, and the ability to accommodate nine passengers.
1973 Ford Econoline Kilimanjaro 4 wheel drive Finished in Bush jacket beige safari
A 1971 Ford Econoline in James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Dr. Metz After Tiffany creates a diversion in the gas station, Bond sneaks into the back of the van to gain access to the Whyte Techtronics facility.