The Ford E Series was Introduced in 1961 and is Still in Production Today
It’s hard not to notice a Ford Econoline Van when you’re driving through the city or when you’re in the suburbs running from place to place to get things done. The Ford Econoline has been renamed the E Series, but it still functions as the delivery man’s best friend or a repair man’s workshop or office. Buy remanufactured Ford E350 Engines for less at remanufacturedenginesforsale.com.
Ford introduced the Econoline in 1961 as a compact utility van that could goes places that the big trucks avoided due lack of space, traffic issues, and economic feasibility. The descendants of the first vans are still in production at Ford’s assembly line in Avon Lake Ohio. The E Series enjoys a 79% market share in the full-size van category.
There were over one hundred and sixty-eight thousand E Series vans sold in the US in 2007. The success of the van is attributed to it’s size and versatility as well as the engine, which plays a major role in the appeal and the reliability of the Ford E350 van.
The first Econoline vans had a 3-speed manual transmission and the 144 CID 6-cylinder engine, but the later models came equipped with either the 170 or the 240 CID engine and the automatic transmission. Almost immediately utilities companies like Bell Telephone fell in love with its performance and cargo space.
When Ford moved the engine under a small hood in 1968, van design was revolutionized. That same year a V8 engine was introduced and Ford became the hands down leader in van and van engine designs. GM and Chrysler had to update their models to maintain credibility. The third generation models were everywhere and they carried the logo of the big name delivery companies as well as any other company who needed a van to haul products as well as people.
The Fourth Generation E Series Is an Efficient Workhorse
When Ford put the first 4.9 Litre inline six in the van in 1992 it was advertized as a strong and somewhat fuel efficient engine. The 5.0, 5.8, and 7.5 Litre V8 gave the van more power, but fuel consumption was an issue. The 7.3 power stroke diesel V8 was better, but Ford was already working on replacements like the 4.2 Litre Essex V6, the 4.6 Litre, and the 5.4 Litre Triton V8s as well as the 6.8 Litre Triton V10.
Ford was the first company to add the E-85 option to its 5.4 Liter engine as well to its 6.4 Liter engine in order to maintain power and to help consumers get some relief at the gas pump.