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65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:29 pm

My dad has always wanted a econoline pickup and when this 65 came up he had to go and look at it. We went to look at it (in the dark lol) he had to have it. It was painted rustoleum brown primer by HAND lol but it looked like a decent truck for the price and ran great so we had it towed home by AAA the same night.

The next day we set about looking in detail at the truck to find out what it needs. It was originally from South Carolina and sometime in its life someone had put a wooden bed in over the steel which has gotten wet overtime and pushed its way through the side of the bed. No problem we thought until we removed the wood and found it was worse than we thought. there was a hole on the drivers side of the bed near the cab and it was starting to rust through in the area where the trans fastens up under the bed. It also has rust on the lower part of the tailgate where the bar goes through and rust on the rear roll pan and at the lower hinge on the driver side door.

He decided to weld in a new bed over the existing steel which we have done and now the truck is so much more solid than before. Onto the tailgate, we found out these are hard to find and expensive when they do come up for sale. He was thinking of welding the tailgate shut but instead got some 1" box section steel cut the rusted part of the tailgate out and welded the box section in. He also then moved the two hinges the tailgate moves on 2-3" higher up on the body. Result is we now have a working tailgate. The pictures may explain this better.

Onto the engine. The PO's add mentioned the pickup had SOME new oil which we thought was strange until we looked at the engine. There was oil everywhere and it was obvious it had not bee looked after the decision was made and we pulled the engine out. The insulation from the dog house had been falling off and mixing with the oil that was leaking from the engine resulting in about 3/4" of crap stuck to the engine block and trans.

We cleaned it all off and broke the engine down, we found the timing chain was ready to jump off the sprockets so a new one was installed along with a new head gasket and a new clutch set for the trans and various other seals. The only things that were not changed are the rod bearings, rear main seal (we didn't know how to change it), cam and a couple of other things.

Re-installed the engine and trans together wired everything up it starts and runs great. But we have another leak we didn't notice coming from the freeze plugs behind the flywheel so the trans has to come back out. A minor problem.

He is still debating what color to paint it, were not sure whether to go with a deep red or paint it back a shade of orange similar to what it was when it left the factory.

There are other things we have done but this is long enough for the moment if you made it to the end thats great if you skipped to the pictures I understand lol.



























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Re: 65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:30 pm

For some reason the forum chops the side of the pictures off click them for full size. Also forgot to mention we have the side pieces which go down the truck they were not installed to protect them from damage.

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Re: 65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Guest on Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:06 pm

A small update got it primered and painted over the weekend after a week of sanding the truck down. He's still not happy with the finish so it will be wet sanded back down and repainted but he needed to use the truck so it will do for now. However after a couple of days driving it started using a ton of gas and lost all performance. Found out a pushrod had somehow jumped out of the rocker arm and bent. Should be back running good tonight fingers crossed.

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Re: 65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Big W on Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:54 pm

Mmmmmm.....the smell of fresh paint. looking good cdc, it's coming along nicely.
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Re: 65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Digz on Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:01 pm

It's looking good! It wouldn't be the first one that had to be wet sanded for a shinier finish,,( raises hand).

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Re: 65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Guest on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:08 pm

Looks good! Man you guys are moving fast. I knew the first time I saw it this was going to be done fast and look great. I like the color and can't wait to see it in person.

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Re: 65 Econoline Spring Special

Post by Guest on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:40 pm

Thanks guys, the pictures are not very good they dont show the metallic in the paint. We will either wet sand it and repaint it or wet sand it re primer it then repaint it. A quart of paint painted the truck twice and we have a 3 quarts left, we are not happy enough with it there are some dent and scratch repairs that didn't show up until the color was on.

We also replaced the push rod and its back running great again.

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