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EconoCarl

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Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:38 pm

After much searching, we finally found/bought a van to replace the one that got totalled back in March. Now we just have to wait for the transporter to get it to us! Can't wait to get behind the seat of an Econoline again, I put 12,000 miles on the "Cassius Clay" van last year and I sure miss driving a flatnose!

Here's a link to my webshots album (pics are from previous owner):

http://rides.webshots.com/album/578137399bFSblp

Carl Very Happy
(have to change the sig line soon!)
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:45 pm

Just added a gallery on this site too. Some were having trouble with webshots.

Carl
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econopoor
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by econopoor on Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:25 pm

Hi Neighbor.
Congrats on the new van. Like the color. Are you going to keep the air bags?? Really looking forward to seeing it soon. Going to miss the old van.
Duane in Tennessee.

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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:17 pm

We hope to have her dialed in for Labor Day weekend. As for the air bags, I'm undecided until I see how she rides. I had la lowered rough rider in my earlier years, I don't think my back can take it now! We miss the old van too.

Carl
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:37 pm

After a 2100 mile journey, our van arrived today

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DanTheVanMan
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by DanTheVanMan on Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:55 pm

Sweet ride Carl.... Congrat's!!!!! cheers


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BILLS66

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by BILLS66 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:39 pm

Take a few pics for us. Bill
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econopoor
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by econopoor on Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:19 am

Sweet. Really looking forward to seeing it.
Duane in Tennessee
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G-Man
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by G-Man on Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:33 am

Great looking van!!!
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:30 pm

Thanks guys! She looks a little better after a good washing.





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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:41 pm

Resolved a few issues and got it ready for state inspection this weekend. Replace a taillight assembly and got some wiring problems taken care of. Replaced a perfectly good voltage regulator, then replaced a bad alternator. New temp guage sending unit and a new thermostat too.
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:46 pm



Took her for a drive and this crap is scraping up the asphalt everywhere! Anyone got any ideas for bagging a front end the right way? Looks like I might be replacing all this stuff with factory stuff.
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econopoor
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by econopoor on Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:59 pm

Yep! I'd be looking for some stock springs and get that out of there. The bags are way too far inboard and too low. It must be hard to control body roll. Did you keep the white van?? Might be a good donor for this one. I like the low look but not if you have to sacrifice ride. Let me know if you need some parts. I may have some extra stuff laying around here.

Duane in Tennessee.
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G-Man
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by G-Man on Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:47 pm

I think all you have to do is move them out just above the axle
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sasktrini

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by sasktrini on Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:24 pm

The link is way too short too... should go over to the drivers side leaf. I hate to criticize anyone's work, but that axle looks pretty ghetto. I wouldn't drive it (and I've driven some pretty shaky Econolines!).
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RodStRace

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by RodStRace on Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:13 pm

I can't imagine any safety inspection checklist so lenient that welding tubing and angle iron to a forged axle, bag supports under the scrub line and missing bump stops would pass. Shocked

Of course, I've never lived in an inspection area, so who knows...
Time to find a replacement front suspension before summer ends!!
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:51 pm

Quote "sasktrini": The link is way too short too... should go over to the drivers side leaf. I hate to criticize anyone's work, but that axle looks pretty ghetto. I wouldn't drive it (and I've driven some pretty shaky Econolines!).

Ghetto . . . I like that . . . and that's exactly what it is! And up front there is no leaf at all.

Carl
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:02 pm

Quote "RodStRace": Time to find a replacement front suspension before summer ends!!


We hope to have a replacement in before weeks end. I'm ready to drive this thing! Going to attack it on Friday. I'd like to keep it low, just don't know how low without the bags. The rear 'frame' has been notched and the axle is on top of the leaf springs (just two, there
to locate the axle). Any pointers and/or ideas welcome.

Carl
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Nightmoves

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by Nightmoves on Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:37 pm

I'm ready to drive this thing!
That is a man on a mission!
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RodStRace

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by RodStRace on Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:41 am

Photos of the back would help, but if the workmanship (or lack) is similar to the front, it's time to look for both ends!
The rear is more forgiving than the front on an axle flip, but a single spring is going to have wrap-up if the thing has any power.

Are you stil going to take it in for inspection? It would be interesting to hear what they have to say....
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Indian640

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by Indian640 on Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:46 am

RodStRace wrote:I can't imagine any safety inspection checklist so lenient that welding tubing and angle iron to a forged axle, bag supports under the scrub line and missing bump stops would pass. Shocked

Of course, I've never lived in an inspection area, so who knows...
Time to find a replacement front suspension before summer ends!!


Welcome to today`s world of backyard "rat rodding". Most of these yo-yo`s thought a scrub line was where to start cleaning!
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EconoUSAparts

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoUSAparts on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:14 pm

Carl,whats the fate of the old van? You could swap out the springs from it and put it back stock fairly easy. If you wind up parting it out I may be interested in some sheet metal patches.
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EconoCarl

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by EconoCarl on Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:57 am



Got all the vans in one place this morning, now it's time to start thrashing. As I was driving the white one over, I came to realize that this would probably be the last drive for her. The plan is to make the 'new' one roadworthy enough for the Mid-South meet Labor Day weekend and keeping the white one a roller. Can't see in this pic, but the left side of the white one got creamed back in March (a pic is in Carl's 1967 Ecocolines album).
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econopoor
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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by econopoor on Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:19 pm

You better watch out parking them close together like that. They will start multipilying very quickly.

Duane in Tennessee
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Indian640

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Re: Carl's Econo

Post by Indian640 on Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:33 pm

Ha, We can only hope!!!

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