Mel and I have been looking for a vintage van to use as a promotional vehicle for our business and also to haul antiques. We came across a 1962 Ford Econoline on Craigslist. We reached out to Nicholas the owner and drove down to Oxnard, a town near LA to check it out. Nicholas advised us that this used to be a TV repair man’s van. When he came into possession of it the van still had the TV repair guys name and logos on the outside. Unfortunately, Nicholas said he wasn’t able to save them. We were really amazed at how nice the van was. Once we settled up we used uShip to haul it and deliver it to our home.
Here the van is loaded up getting ready to make the almost 400 mile journey to our place.
What Mel and I really liked about the van was that it’s colors work with our business colors plus its as cute as a bug’s ear.
This is a straight 6 with three on the tree. I know how to drive a manual but I have never had experience with shifting on the steering column. I am sure I will pick it up in no time.
Nicholas had put a lot of effort into the resto of the van. He had it painted and fine tuned its appearance. He even put nice rims with moonies on the wheels. For now we put our magnetic signage on the van but we plan to have Signs Now place stencils on both sides.
Nicholas even had the seats reupholstered. This van has the original Motorola radio in it. Justin from Stellar Electronics plans to do an FM conversion on it which will make it functional like a modern radio. Justin said the conversion will allow me to play my iPhone through it, can’t wait!
Nicholas even had this crazy shag carpet installed which will be great when hauling antiques.
If you see us buzzing around make sure to honk!
Here is a video of the van, I had to shoot it in the garage because we are having some crazy weather.
Check out these old Econoline commercials with comedy legend Buster Keaton!!
Hi Shane & Mel- Love the new wheels–it’s the perfect color for you & is beautifully restored. I learned to drive on my uncle’s early 60’s Chevy which had a manual transmission w/shift on the column. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it easily. Best of luck w/the van. The Barbs
Hi Barbs! Thank you both, we love it. When the weather lets up we’ll have more time to practice :).