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Eshaver

Motor City's 1973-5 Ford Econoline van

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Motor City; the company who took on Tom Elifret's Econoline van :

This is a "What's in the box look at Tom Elifrets 1973-5 Ford Econoline LWB van .

I watched Tom closely as he took AMT's 1976 Econoline and reversed it to what we used to refer to as a "Bull nose " Ford in the 70's . This is one van I know inside and out as I have worked on the 1969-74 Ford Econoline extensively . I've also over the years been able to collect options seldom ordered on the actual trucks simply because I have been an avid fan of them .

I got into vanning myself back in 1972 with a 1970 SWB Econoline E-200 . Equipped with a 240 six , C-4 automatic and a AM radio , this was my entry into a lifestyle that I enjoy today .

The model Motor city offers is of a typical 1973-5 Econoline with a Long wheelbase and the "Folding " side doors along with no cost option rear cargo glass . Buying a van then really was a myriad of choices abet limited . . Ford no longer had the side cargo door option of either NO side door , or cargo doors on BOTH sides as this was usually reserved for the "Camper set " . However , new for 1973 was a "Sliding " side door option and this was also a "No cost " option . These could be had with "Pop out windows " on the side door . Pop out windows were also considered optional for the rear cargo doors as well.

Moving inside , the dashboard represents a radio as lockable glove box doors were optional on the vans where a radio was deleted . Seating was also a pair of seats with the passenger seat being optional , or a "Flip fold " Jump seat , or a like driver seat . Motor city offers the Econoline with a pair of standard low back seats with bases . YOU, the model builder can probably scratch build the "Flip fold Passenger seat yourself ". Air conditioning was indeed offered and the duct work ran down the Driver's side . this too is something you would have to scratch build as well as the "Dealer " add on A/C units made to install where the radio was located .The Motor cover- was made to replicate those used on Ford's optional 302 V-8 . I mention this because when this van was in production , I was manufacturing Drink holders for these vans and the Six cylinder box was vastly different in that it was square at the rear to accommodate the 240's longer head .Thus , the deck was different and the passenger had a scoch more room as the box was angled to give the extra room to the Right .

The Transkit is molded in a White resin that is as smooth as any polystyrene plastic kit made today ! The photos I have taken are just as it's packaged in the box .

Looking underneath , even the chassis parts were expertly back dated so as to show the earlier "I" Beam suspension used under these vehicles. Red Tail lamp lenses were included in a Polyethylene bag as is a vacuum formed windshield .

Also included are a NON Chromed Bumper/ grille assembly along with the rear bumper . Very little is really needed from the AMT 1976 Econoline Van in which the earlier Van is designed to combine with .

Enjoy reliving the era of "No Gas " as you build this van folks . For me , it represents a time of reliving my career as a van accessory manufacturer , wholesaler, retailer . I owned at one time five of these vans in several guises and both wheel bases .

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Thanks for the pictures. Looks good. I like it but don't need it. I've got enough to build without it. But you never know!!:D

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Thanks for the historical write up. I also remember the van craze in between the 2 big  70's  fuel crisis. These 2nd generation vans were super popular for all types of businesses and recreational use back in the day. I got one of those resin vans and I very happy with  it. The build we probably be a bell telephone or tv repair van. I believe the 2nd generation was '68-'74, 3rd generation was '75-'91.

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Tommy, I'm always happy to share anything I'm proficient at !

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Thanks, Eshaver, for the review. Here's the kit modified into a window van. I'm building another as a work van with the sliding door. Since I couldn't access a real van, I relied heavily on the 1/20 Econoline kit. Hats off to Motor City for creating the vacuform windshield, it's fits pretty well!

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Tom , I DO have ONE suggestion . if you tool a Slide side , why not also do the "Park bench" seats those vans came with . I know I can provide the photos needed of the "BASE " seats . The nice high back Captians chairs were actually a Bostrom seat offering as were the unique swivel bases that mated them for the THIRD gen vans . I have a very nice pair along with BOTH versions of the bases that were manufactured for that van along with several not often ordered options  ordered for the Econoline over their history .

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4 hours ago, Eshaver said:

Tom , I DO have ONE suggestion . if you tool a Slide side , why not also do the "Park bench" seats those vans came with . I know I can provide the photos needed of the "BASE " seats . The nice high back Captians chairs were actually a Bostrom seat offering as were the unique swivel bases that mated them for the THIRD gen vans . I have a very nice pair along with BOTH versions of the bases that were manufactured for that van along with several not often ordered options  ordered for the Econoline over their history .

I had intended to make the sliding door version a one-off modification of the base kit, with just two front seats. You have given me something to think about with this suggestion...

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Vantastic job Repstock! Super realistic and very inspiring as usual. It appears to have the 16.5 tires and full wheel covers off the 1 ton AMT  F 350 pickup, which is correct for the deluxe   1 ton E 300 models.  The hubcaps off the  '69 and '70 Moebius pickups would be correct for base model 1 ton E 300's.

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On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 2:02 PM, leafsprings said:

...The build we probably be a bell telephone or tv repair van. I believe the 2nd generation was '68-'74, 3rd generation was '75-'91.

Here's a pic of 4 different conversions Dodge offered on the A100 van, one being a TV service truck.  Not an Econoline, I know, but thought it might help a little.  I was thinking of doing an A100 TV repair truck.  All the conversions have one thing in common:  the tool/storage box mounted behind the passenger seat.

 

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Steve , I promise ya , it's a very decent offering . I don't do much in resin as too many have been SCAM artists , or the product is simply unusable . In this case , Motor City was up front and the product was exactly what it was implied .....

 

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On 1/14/2018 at 1:02 PM, leafsprings said:

Thanks for the historical write up. I also remember the van craze in between the 2 big  70's  fuel crisis. These 2nd generation vans were super popular for all types of businesses and recreational use back in the day. I got one of those resin vans and I very happy with  it. The build we probably be a bell telephone or tv repair van. I believe the 2nd generation was '68-'74, 3rd generation was '75-'91.

I too have been wanting to do a telephone  service van with a 60s/70s style scale phone booth.

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13 hours ago, Repstock said:

Oh yeah..!  Thanks Tom that is the one id like to have a couple of scale ones of for some dioramas...they would be perfect for the builds.   I doubt I have the skills or access to the supplies needed to make them around here though...still might have to give that a try.

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