Ford officially kills E-series/Econoline, replaces with Transit van

Ford announced today that the evergreen E-series Econoline will be replaced in 2013 with the European Transit van. The new full-size vans will be built in Ford's Kansas City plant, and will possibly debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Say farewell to the E-Series — the era of the T-conoline is now upon us. » 12/07/11 3:00pm 12/07/11 3:00pm

Custom 1975 Ford Econoline has plenty of space for your special friends

Meet Mertin Grundy, formerly known for having a weird name and being small change at the bank where he was employed. That all changed when Mertin made the questionable decision to purchase a custom van. Now Mertin has a customized 1975 Ford Econoline featuring plenty of space to do his own thing with his special… » 7/09/11 9:00am 7/09/11 9:00am

PCH, Fry In Econoline Hell Edition: 4x4 or Slammed?

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! The last time we ventured into El Infierno Del Coche, we experienced the joy of electrical fires and short vehicle range in the Arc-Weld Your Soul challenge. That one was a close race, but… » 7/30/08 5:20pm 7/30/08 5:20pm

Super Mega Van Will Probably Hold Everything, Might Tip Backwards

Let's say you're living in a van, down by the causeway, and you're interested in more square footage. The fool's way to that goal of jammin' mega-Econoline is to simply buy a retired school bus, or maybe even a still-running tractor/trailer combo. That or you could just hack off the very back of your van and weld on… » 6/05/08 3:40pm 6/05/08 3:40pm

1969 Ford Econoline, With Bonus Serial Killer Poll

In James Ellroy's novel, Killer On The Road, there were only two serious flaws: One, the serial-killer protagonist Martin Plunkett (yes, that's where my pseudonymous surname comes from, thanks to an editor at Virgin Books who knew I'd ripped off Ellroy's style for my NSFW novel) used a silencer on a revolver, which… » 2/25/08 9:00am 2/25/08 9:00am

Vegetable Oil Brings Out Inherent Sexiness of the Econoline?

If you're part of a small but growing business looking to upgrade your fleet with a 1989 Ford E350, but you're also worried about the high price of diesel, we've got the Craisglist find for you. Sellers Daniel and Annika Ryan have rigged their great white beast with a vegetable oil system that REALLY WORKS. Our only… » 1/02/08 1:45pm 1/02/08 1:45pm

The Man in the Van With a Bass in His Hand: Mike Watt Turns 50

Friend to Jalopnik, living punk rock legend (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Dos, The Stooges, etc), personal hero of mine and all around good guy, Mike Watt, is now 50 years old — damn! Even though our Pedro office shuttered its doors, we still keep our eyes and ears open for the latest Wattage. Above is a picture Davey G took… » 12/20/07 2:45pm 12/20/07 2:45pm

Arrh, Matey! Thames Freighter Drops Anchor At Laguna Seca!

It's telling that each one of the three Jalopniks did a separate double-take and quick "Whoa- what's that thing?" as we encountered this Thames Freighter 800 van at Laguna Seca last weekend, a reaction that puzzled onlookers clustered around an Enzo a few yards away- here are these guys with press passes totally… » 8/22/07 1:30pm 8/22/07 1:30pm

The 2008 Ford Econoline: Boldest. Ford Commercial Van. EVAH!

So the headline on Ford's press release is totally bringing to mind "Best. Blank. Ever." And for some weird reason, it's making us laugh a little. That's probably not what FoMoCo had in mind when they wrote it up, but whatevs, it's been a long day. Despite the reaching-for-the-stars paper they released, there's… » 3/07/07 5:56pm 3/07/07 5:56pm