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#1 ridinframe

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:24 PM

If you're wondering " 63 ford econoline van?" Yes you're not crazy, you read it rite. I've been planning and dreaming of building a replica of a 1963 ford econoline van owned by coby gewertz. The build started with a jimmy flinstone resin dodge a100 van and a little red wagon dodge a 100 truck kit, after a lot of cutting modifying and head scratching, I've made a lot of head way with it. Almost every inch of this model has been cut and modified in one way or another and I'm not even close to being done with the body modifications.. I hope you guys enjoy and there will be more to come.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

Looks like a kool project! I'll keep an eye on this one!



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:41 AM

Well, I have documentation on Chrysler actually measuring a Ford Econoline when they finally retired their "Full size " panel deliveries . Chrysler simply adapted their slant six into a re skinned Ford with a one piece windshield . Go up underneath a 64-70 Dodge A van and see the similarities ...............



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:55 AM

VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:58 AM

Very cool looking good NOW cast it when your done other people want these oldies. Please even if you only do 1for me thanks. I'll be watching this one.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:10 AM

I would think a fair to midddlin market could be said for a 61-8 Econoline van. There is already a following on the H A M B over Econolines of this vintage and there are two van message boards devoted to BOTH the Econolines 69-74 and earlier vans of all kinds . Provided I  could get something near stock out of it , I'd be interested .................



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:24 AM

Looks like the Econoline is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Looking forward to watching this progress.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:59 AM

Hey, when I see a REAL market for Van Parts , I'll happily re start my manufacturing business once again. The day I signed over the papers to a long time customer of mine and relinquished control of my parts business in Dallas was indeed a DARK day for ALL vanners in the Gulf Coast . I'd run into people for several years asking when or if I would return to making parts .



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:44 AM

I saw one of these done similar in Morristown,TN a few years ago.  It was owned by a member of an east coast mini truck club called Pebble Pushers.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:02 PM

Great project!  I always wondered why one of the little 3 never made a model of one of these.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 04:06 PM

Great project!  I always wondered why one of the little 3 never made a model of one of these.

They think it's too small of interest group LOL  I'd buy an of the early mid engine kit's in 24th or 25th. I just like Ed love vans grew up in them and with them.I have my darling bride of 35 years because of a van.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 04:28 PM

Sharp Van you are making. 



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:00 PM

Looks like the Econoline is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Looking forward to watching this progress.

Yep about time 



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:32 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I really love these vans and building this has been a lot of fun so far, there are a few parts I'm not looking forward too figuring out and that's the head light bezels and the windshield. I have tons of pictures to study but if anyone has this model van or knows someone with this style van please feel free to post some photos, I can always use more reference photos.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 10:45 PM

ooh yes please !! one of my favorite vans , had the idea for a project like this myself .. style wise that i not a exect replica of that one
but mann this is cool !!

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:40 PM

Man I have three gluebomb little red wagons I've been thinking about converting to a Econoline...hmm...



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:07 PM

To anyone keeping an eye on this project, it's still very much in the works. I'm hoping to have it done around February or summer 2014 at the latest. A good amount of body work is finished and I hope to have the rest done and in primer by the end of the month. Ive been in contact with the owner of the real van, coby gewertz and he sent me a very cool package of church stickers a shirt and his personal build book of the van that he made for the grand national roadster show , so I can get all the little details rite which sadly I had to send back lol, I could of looked at that book forever. I'll post update pictures very soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 12:17 PM

Oh wow!! My favorite van right here... Nice work on the body so far...

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:46 PM

CHURCH !



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:19 PM

This is not an easy subject to get right, especially that compound curved windshield and the subtle recess around it which wraps around the front doors. I would figure out the windshield first, then start tackling the nose section by section.

 

I don't have many early Econo pics, but here are the ones I do:

 

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