Considering the popularity of 4wd trucks, I don’t understand why this wasn’t offered by the Big Three, or at least I never heard about it. A friend’s dad had a 76 Granada that color – it was hard to make a Granada ugly in 1976, but that color about did it. Parts specific to them are getting hard to find. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. Due to the low mileage created by the limited use, some of these may have remained in a fleet much longer than normal for a government vehicle. I think there have been several companies that converted full-size vans into 4WD besides this one though. 1966 Ford Falcon,Clean, Auto, 49k, Easy to Drive Daily Driver, Asheville,NC Make: Ford Year: 19660000 Mileage: 49175 Asheville, North Carolina, United States. The 1975 to current day Ford E Series are the best vans ever made. Needless to say, these still have a pretty strong following, and it’s undoubtedly worth a whole lot more than if it were just a 2WD Econoline from this vintage. Already installed rebuilt automatic transmission with zero miles and 460 engine with 80,000 miles from wrecking yard, ll bolted up. energy ignition, rebuilt Holley carburetor, new exhaust. I’ve seen some Ford vans with both the FORD lettering on the hood and the blue oval on the grille. I don’t think his was 4 wheel drive though. 1978 Ford E350 4x4 Van - Quadravan, Owner - Needs to be put together, verything included. That’s exactly my point–the Transit has been proven superior (though as you said, reliability is still up in the air after only 2 model years, and looks are subjective). And it’s possible that the fiberglass roof extension is much lighter than the stock steel roof with stiffeners. 17” mag wheels, dometic fridge/freezer, new Propex Furnace, 10 gal road shower, front end bushings have been replaced with poly bushings. Even VW had the Syncro 4wd van. A great engine, but obviously also a thirsty one. Just needs hoses, adiator, ranny lines, acume lines, rackets & pumps, einstalled. Parts are not rare for this machine. Mine has the 460 motor with c6 trans. Especially when teamed up with a high roof van raised jacked up even further. Incredible project for someone with the time. In my world the 2wd versions were awesome highway cruisers. Those were boom years for the whole RV industry, until the second energy crisis put the kibosh to it. Must have been something to do with the tuning of the springs. One more thing, a 460cc engine will SUCK on MPG. What in particular did you not like about the Transit that the E-Series did better? A SOLID RUST FREE SO. 1978 Ford E350 4x4 Van - Quadravan,1 Owner, 112,000 miles - RARE!! The 460 is ubiquitous. In 1979 E Series vans all had rectangular headlamps. Handling? Just a little warning. Talk about unappealing…, The Econ-O-Master would know the year that grille ended. Curbside Classic: 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster – What’s New Became Old; Now It’s New Again. Car is located Somerset Calif, lose to Placerville. And conversion vans, in terms interior redecoration, also got really rolling about that same time. American Brands: AMC, Jeep and All Others, Tractors, Lawn Mowers, Off-Road Equipment, Neighborhood Outtake: Ford Econoline 4×4 Quadravan – Conversion Van x2, Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Dodge A100 and L600 Hanging Out Together. 1982 1983 1984Palm Springs, California, United StatesCar specification:VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 1FBHE21G6BH815773Year: 1981Number of Cylinders: 8Make: FordTransmission: AutomaticModel: E … I can’t remember whether any of them had raised roofs as I was never an ambulance driver. I don’t know if a 4WD Econoline was in the plan but given commonality it would have been much closer to feasible than the two separate platform approach given the niche characteristics of a 4WD full size van. 1972 Ford Ranchero 500; 1978 Ford Quadravan; 1973 Ford Bronco; 1970 Ford Bronco; 1975 Ford Pinto Wagon; 1969 Torino 428 Cobra Jet; 1976 Ford Pinto Turbo; 1957 Ford Country Sedan; 1971 Mustang Convertible; 1980 Ford Granada; 1980 Ford Pinto; 1985 Ford LTD SSP; 1964 Ford Galaxie; 1967 Ford Mustang; 1973 Pinto Wagon 2016 (197) December (10) November (12) October (9) September … I think I was more worried about the quadravan 4x4 parts since they went out of business. Fuel efficiency? There’s not many 1980-1982 vintage RVs out there, except maybe some very small and relatively efficient ones. In The 1990’s, Ford had the VPN127 project that was envisioned to support both an F-Series and Econoline off the same platform. The only real quirk I can remember was the suspension’s bouncing in rhythm like a hobbyhorse over certain concrete-paved roads. I'd be interested in seeing what the maintenance schedule had been like. QOTD: What Winter Prep Do You Perform on Your Car(s). After all it’s a Dodge chassis & power train ! Needs TLC Make: Ford Year: 1978 Mileage: 112,000 Color: White Mountain View, California, United States. And this Econoline 4×4 Quadravan is a double-conversion van, ready to take its occupants into the wilderness for their vanning pleasures. In the end, the divergent use cases didn’t afford the expected savings and added unexpected complexity and cost so it was killed. I’ve had nothing but E Series Fords in my business for over 25 years and they have been the most durable and reliable vehicles I’ve experienced. Perhaps a Van Charger ? Both vehicles also sold in large quantities so they could easily be stand alone and optimized for their specific needs. Four wheel drive conversion vans mostly got their start with the new generation of vans that date back to 1971 for the Chevrolet and Dodge, and to the 1975 Econoline. Will have to research this. AMC struck gold with the 4wd Eagle, didn’t they? Always thought 4wd vans where so cool! I should mention that as far as I know, Quadravan only did the 4wd conversion. I don’t know the numbers, but suspect the CG height isn’t as bad as one would think. I’m not sure about the fiberglass top, interior and paint. As pool vehicles, they weren’t particularly well maintained, but they also rarely – if ever – saw salt and didn’t go many miles. The 4×4 conversions look cool but I would think that having the center of gravity even higher than stock would make them more tipsy. A local British Columbia company produces the Clydesdale Conversion for GM and Ford I believe, and has been around since the ’80’s at least. Now If I was building an expedition rig A Nantucket with the Quadravan and high top conversion like this one would be at the top of my list. Third time trying to post this… hopefully this is the charm! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It’s too bad that Ford cancelled their E Series vans for light duty use. It's a great way to save money or travel the world. . Many are surprised that these vans from the late 70s retained the age-old Ford habit of putting the ignition key on the left side of the dash. I have looked into converting my old Winnebago D27 ? MSD high. I am also thinking that a 4x4 might not be necessary for that, and I could get along just fine with a newer chevy cargo van. Great idea ! This one does not fit into that category. Yep, Quigley sells converted Nissan, GM, and Ford vans. 1978 FORD E 350 QUADRAVAN 4X4 FOUR WHEEL CARGO VAN RARE!!!!! This grille (if original) would make this no newer than 1978. 84K, 460 big block, C6 transmission, Dana 60 rear end. There’s a lot of tall 4×4 military and Unimog-type trucks that are used in pretty extreme situations. Except for the likelihood of slightly taller tires, the axles remain low and the frame and powertrain are only slightly lifted. I would expect that a 460 V8 is quite likely hiding under the Econoline’s stubby hood. Interior needs cleaning, ut fairly good otherwise. If anyone has a real interested in finding a full size 4WD van to fix up for some purpose, I’d suggest trying a DRMO and/or GSA fleet auction. Has anyone out there seen a Big Old RV 4X4 ? The extended top looks just like the one on my old van and it is even a similar color scheme, though mine was a plain old 2wd 150 with the 351 which got the job done. When the old folks were cruising down US 27 in Florida, the appearance of this thing in their mirrors gave them something to think about. MSD high, energy ignition, rebuilt Holley carburetor, new exhaust. And a minor nit, this generation of Econoline began with the 1975 models. My BIG mistake? The reviews and sales of the Transit seem to indicate the opposite. Body has minor rust around front windshield. Like all Quadravans, this short wheelbase example started life as a standard heavy duty one-ton Econoline, but was then sent to an outside supplier where a factory-sanctioned conversion was carried out.
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