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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1965 Ford Econoline

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Driving halfway across the country in a new car makes for a great time, but to really get the adrenaline going try it in a 50-year-old truck that you’ve just bought and that hasn’t run much in the last dozen years or so like the owner of this 1965 Ford Econoline for sale on did when he bought it in Colorado and drove it to Connecticut. And with all the repairs done along the way, it’s probably now good to hit the road for another epic trip. From the seller’s description:

 This Spring Special is the real deal with a ‘1’ after the axle code. It’s rear bumper is not stock and the engine is a strong running 240 cid rather than the 170 cid when it was originally assembled. Those issues mentioned above have been resolved and the brake linings and drums are new all around. The fuel tank has been cleaned and a new pick up/sender installed as well as new kingpins and bushings on the front axle. The carburetor has been rebuilt (automatic choke). The fuel pump is new and the battery and starter appear to be recently renewed. It has a Ford 9 inch rear axle with tall gears (that were a blessing on the way home). The exterior sports a 15 foot paint job which is why I’m told the original owner, disappointed, parked the vehicle some 12 years ago after mediocre body work was done. The good part is what you see is what you get: lower panels should be replaced as well as a right front section at the wheel opening. The undercarriage is in rather good condition with only a rear gusset that has a thin spot. The main stamped frame rails still have a galvanize coating on them. All the floor pans are solid. The speedometer stopped working after the trip but the odometer appears correct. The interior paint is still the original Poppy Red, the special color for these Spring Specials. The radial tires are recent, of unknown lineage, but then again they’ve proven themselves by getting me home from Denver. The wheel covers a not original. I acquired them about 5 years ago and was delighted to have 14 inch wheels on which to display them. Which OEM produced them? The seats fold forward which is very handy and the original seats come with the deal. An aftermarket black carpet covers the floor ahead of the doghouse.

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Berlin, Connecticut
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