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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754050
November 11th 2019 7:10 pm
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Thank you everyone for the kind words and advice. Yesterday, my brother and I went to the junkyard to take what we could off of a '73 that was in the lot. Someone had beaten us to it and stripped many of the good parts but I didn't come away empty handed. I took some switches, wiper motor, some door handles, lenses, throttle linkages, and any other parts I could scoop up that I could see breaking in the future. I wish I had taken the tall seats from a '76 E-150 in the same lot, but they would have been too expensive for what they were worth. The ones I have are from the 80's or later and are jacked up. I can still use them to drive but I wouldn't want to.

On my dash, above the dog house appears to be where the glove box would have resided. I have the bezel for the radio, but nothing to bolt it into to secure it to the dash. Does anyone have a close up pic of this area so I can get an idea? I can't seem to find anything on google other than people screwing a piece pf upholstered wood here.

This weekend is going to be mostly pulling the radiator and the fuel tank so I can take them in for repairs. Bummer about not finding the fuel tank being repopped anywhere but such is life. Anyone in the NorCal/Sacramento area?


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754060
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Nice looking van. You definitely can't go wrong with Cagar SS wheels. Looking forward to seeing more.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754078
November 12th 2019 6:27 pm
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Here are two areas I am trying to find out what went there originally so I can convert it back.

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I don't know why they would run tach wiring through there. Ill move it around but what a bad spot. I wonder what switch went there.

[Linked Image] I have the upper bezel for the radio and speaker, but nothing to mount it to. There is a bracket on ebay but I am not sure if this is the right one for mounting. Also, is there anything else that goes in or is it an open glove box?

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Sad little 302 sitting in the engine bay. I went to a local swap a few weeks ago and a guy was selling NOS Cal Custom parts for $1. I grabbed what I could for a sbf for the Mustang but now I'm thinking some of it would look more at home on the van.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754088
November 13th 2019 12:52 pm
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I was working on the van last night. She starts and idles beautifully. The previous owner told me the gas tank was leaking. I crawled under and gave the tank a good inspection. It appears the filler hose is very old if not original. It is hard as a rock and cracked where the neck of the tank meets the hose, thus allowing gas to spill out. I will get one ordered in the next few days once she is inside my dad's shop and not my apartment complex parking lot. Looks like I will be replacing all the hoses and belts.

I'm currently waiting on an old Hayes manual to arrive to help me through some of this work. For sure the radiator will need to be replaced because it shot a nice pinhole stream of water at me last night.

I can't wait to get under this thing, replace the oil, trans fluid, and run a good tank of gas with a cleaner through it.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754091
November 13th 2019 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Charlie99909

I'm currently waiting on an old Hayes manual to arrive to help me through some of this work. For sure the radiator will need to be replaced because it shot a nice pinhole stream of water at me last night.

I can't wait to get under this thing, replace the oil, trans fluid, and run a good tank of gas with a cleaner through it.


Haynes doesn't always have all the ins N outs of fixing things ….. maybe one of these will … shop manuals

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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754095
November 13th 2019 6:52 pm
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Looks like there should be a door to the glove box from the holes in the sides.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: kursed] #754097
November 13th 2019 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by kursed
Looks like there should be a door to the glove box from the holes in the sides.



That's what I thought at first, but I have a bezel for a radio and a speaker that fits perfectly in the top half of the hole. It just has nothing to mount into.


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And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754110
November 14th 2019 3:33 pm
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I was looking at the fuel tank today and I may have to replace it if the JB weld at the bottom doesn't hold up. I know the filler hose is shot, but that is easy. I took measurements of it and it looks like it is the same measurement of the tank from a 1975.

Is there a different location of the filler neck or something? Because this tank is the right size.


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This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754181
November 16th 2019 6:02 pm
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I started tearing down the van today. The tires and wheels are junk so new ones are on the way. I ordered a 75 E100 tank for fun and while it would fit, I would need to get creative with the filler hose. It would be more work than what I want to do at the moment so it’ll be cheaper to boil and repair the original tank.
The grille is off and the engine is exposed. A new radiator is on the way and I’ll be replacing some questionable parts like the water pump, alternator, fuel pump, distributor, cap, plugs, wires, oil filter... etc.

There’s a few things that are also troubling me, the hood is straight but doesn’t line up flush. She’s been hit before but not enough to be a salvage title. But this is troubling. Oh well, time to dig in.


You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers
This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty [Re: Charlie99909] #754220
November 17th 2019 6:53 pm
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I removed the grille and the rear gas tank on Saturday. Lot's of rust and dust. It came from near the ocean so I'm not too surprised, but the rust is concerning me. It isn't anything structural (yet), but I will probably have to address it in the future.

I went to our local flea market today and scored some parts. A set of mud flaps that fit the crusty look of the van and an old glass door knob to replace the large 8 ball that currently rubs the steering wheel. There was an upholstery vendor who had brown marbled marine vinyl that matched my interior, which is good because I have a a panel that is bare.

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I've also started in to my private stash of NOS parts for a small block Ford. The tank goes in for repair this week and I'll order up the parts to be replaced. I kept finding NOS CB radios at the flea, but they were well out of my price range.

I also started stripping out the wiring that went nowhere. There was a lot, including those air horns. All the bum wiring has hit the trash.


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This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
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