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1965 Ford Econoline
#757291 February 25th 2020 9:31 pm
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Hello all!

I am getting ready to purchase a 1965 Ford Econoline van and dip my toe into vanning! However, I'm much better at driving cars than working on them.

I'm going to see the van on Saturday. What are some things I should look out for? And what would be an absolute deal breaker?

Thank you so much!

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CherryBomb #757292 February 25th 2020 9:56 pm
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Rotten floor boards, rocker panels, gutter rust … the frame under the van will tell a lot on how well it was maintained.


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frscke1 #757294 February 25th 2020 11:40 pm
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I have pictures of everything, and it looks good, but I'm going to take the husband and have him crawl under it.

Thank you for the suggestions. I don't want to get blinded by how cute it looks and miss something major.

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CherryBomb #757295 February 26th 2020 12:06 am
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What he said .....
It's a 1965. That's 55 years old. Still, if you're looking to drop a wad for it, it should be in decent shape.
Look close at the suspension spring hangers and attachment points on the frame. Especially the rear spring mounts. Any rot there is a no-can-do...
Look for "ripples" in the body work, especially if it's been painted recently. Don't be embarrassed to take a small magnet to make sure the lower (read "rust prone") areas are real steel and not thick body filler.... The door gaps should be uniform around all the doors.
It should start easy, drive well around corners and stop straight otherwise you'll be working more than vannin'.
Have you been on any of the Early Econoline forums? Those guys can tell you all about it.

http://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/forum

http://earlyeconolineresources.blogspot.com/

http://www.fordeconolinepickup.com/forum/

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CherryBomb #757300 February 26th 2020 7:49 am
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Yep what they said, vans are great, but just not a ton of aftermarket if the van is rotten.Be picky on your first one and you will be a happy camper😀


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CatFish #757323 February 26th 2020 4:15 pm
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Thank you for all of the information. I'm just nervous because it sounds almost too good to be true. The van is posted on Craigslist in Nashville. It has been listed for a couple of months. They are asking $4000 and it appears to be in very good shape. But, my worry is that with the price and it being located in a big city there has to be more to the story as to why it hasn't sold. I can go and see it, but it is over 2 hours from me so I don't want to waste my time.

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CherryBomb #757327 February 26th 2020 4:51 pm
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I guess you should ask yourself, what are your own deal breakers? Like are you invested in it if it requires a lot of mechanical work after you buy it?


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CherryBomb #757357 February 27th 2020 7:35 pm
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Check it over very close and good luck with it. Just remember it is a 65!


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