Early in 1965 the pickup was offered as a Spring Special with a special trim package. For 2004, the instrument panel was given a digital odometer, last used in 1996, certain versions were available with a tachometer. For 2009, the E-Series gained with 4. Toward the end of the 1990s, Ford began to phase out the use of the Econoline and Club Wagon nameplates. In May 2014, the final 4. From 2015 onward, the E-Series has remained in production solely for commercial markets in cutaway-cab and stripped chassis configurations.
In three body sizes, the Econoline was produced in a cargo van and passenger van, with the latter produced in three trim levels; base, Custom and Chateau. The cargo van was sold as a two-passenger vehicle, with the passenger van sold in various configurations, including 5, 8, 9, 12, and 15 passengers. During the 1970s, the Econoline became popular as a basis for. For its 2021 model year revision, the E-Series cutaway cab adopts the 7. Refresh the page to fix it! To accommodate its 90-inch wheelbase the shortest for a Ford since 1908 , the Econoline adopted a mid-engine configuration, placing the engine behind the front axle; consequently, the layout precluded the use of a V8 engine. The glovebox was relocated from the engine cover to forward of the passenger seat.
For 1995, the taillamps were revised, removing the amber turn signals. While remaining a forward-control vehicle, Ford adopted a. As of the 2017 model year, only cutaway and stripped chassis configurations of the E series are produced. From 1961 to 2005, the Ford E series was assembled at in. The interior sees several revisions, with an all-new steering column for the first time since 1997 , a redesigned instrument cluster, and increased.
Another option first introduced on the vehicle is a rear-view backup camera; widely available on smaller vehicles, it is the first in the full-size van segment. In 1964, a panel van variant was introduced, deleting the side loading doors. Based on , Ford became the first American manufacturer to adapt body-on-frame construction to a full-size van. While gaining an intercooler over its predecessor, due to the lack of airflow in the engine compartment compared to Super Duty trucks , Ford had to detune the E-Series version of the 6. Sharing its gasoline engines with the , a 4. Production numbers of Mercury Econolines were low; for example, a total of 1,291 Mercury Econoline pickup trucks were built in 1965. In 1988, the 124-inch wheelbase was discontinued, leaving the 138-inch wheelbase as standard.
Flush-mounted taillamp lenses were specific to the model line, along with flush-mounted headlamps the latter were an option, standard on Club Wagons. For the 2008 model year, the chassis underwent its largest revisions of the fourth generation. Sharing the forward-control configuration of the , through its mid-engine chassis, the Econoline pickup truck saw no engine intrusion into the cargo bed. For 2011, to commemorate the 50th year of production, Ford offered a 50th Anniversary Edition of the E-Series. In addition, the heavier-duty front axle required the use of a larger front bumper and plastic fender flares shared with the F-550 truck.
Cargo vans with the exception of the panel van were offered with or without windows in several configurations. Sharing chassis components with the , the E-550 was distinguished by a grille styled in line with Super Duty pickup trucks with a three horizontal slots between two vertical openings. Using the sparsely-equipped Econoline cargo van as a basis, a luxurious interior was fitted, along with extensive customization of the exterior. To attract more buyers to passenger vans, Ford introduced two new trims of the passenger van, the Ford Club Wagon and Ford Club Wagon Chateau. Largely identical to its Ford counterpart with only minor exceptions of badging, the Mercury Econoline product line was sold as a pickup, cargo van, and passenger van. The use of a mid-engine layout enlarged the cargo area, as the engine compartment was relocated forward of the load floor which was flattened.
For 1992, the Club Wagon Chateau was awarded by. The diesel V8 engines were available only in Econoline 350s or Club Wagons sold on the same chassis. The body was available in two lengths, with the extended-length version exclusive to the 350-series 1-ton chassis for both cargo and passenger vans. The Econoline pickup was offered in two window configurations: 3 windows and 5 windows with windows in the rear cab corners to provide better visibility. Sharing many controls with the F series, the new design also improved interior ergonomics. In 1961, the pickup truck commenced production at in Canada; later that year, Mercury Econoline pickup production shifted to the Lorain, Ohio assembly plant. In contrast to the Falcon, the Econoline was fitted with a solid front axle and a solid rear axle suspension with leaf springs for all four wheels.
The Twin I-Beam layout was retained making it the last Ford vehicle to use it. While introduced alongside the Chevrolet Corvair van for 1961, the Ford Econoline established many design precedents adopted by successive designs of American vans, including the Chevrolet Van and Dodge A100 and the European Ford Transit. In 2019, Ford unveiled its first revision to the E-Series in its production as a commercial vehicle chassis, with revisions to its drivetrain, a new steering column, and wiring updates to improve functionality of equipment installed during manufacturing; it is announced for the 2021 model year. Based on the Ford owner's manual the tow capacity for a 2004 Ford E-150 Van is: Year Make Model Engine Tow Capacity 2004 Ford E-150 Van 4. Archived from on September 12, 2011. For 1997, the E-Series underwent a revision of its engine lineup, retaining only the 7. Largely concentrated forward of the windshield, the E-Series received new fenders, hood, and a larger grille.
Shedding its Falcon roots, the second-generation Econoline became a heavier-duty vehicle, sharing many of its underpinnings with the F-series full-size pickups. Through its production, the first-generation Ford Econoline was offered in several variants, with four versions of the cargo van. Although, in 1965 with the offering of the larger 240 cubic-inch engine there was a slight intrusion into the cargo bed providing clearance for the larger transmission bellhousing. In 1961, Ford projected the pickup leading the van in sales; however, buyer preferences shifted towards the van configuration, as the pickup accounted for 10% of 1961 Econoline production. In addition to and body styles, the Ford E series has been produced as a and stripped chassis a chassis without bodywork. For 1999, the Club Wagon nameplate was discontinued in favor of Econoline Wagon.