Tuesday, February 17, 2015

5k: Overbite: 1967 E-Series, 460 swap project

Counteracting every engine-less roller project littering craigslist and eBay is this refrigerator on wheels, packing a big block V8 and almost nothing else. A roller just needs an drivetrain. This E-series just needs everything else. Like a seat, for starters. Everything you need (including a Kirkey aluminum seat) is included in the sale of this project, and you've got plenty of room in the engine bay to put it all together. Find this 1967 Ford E-Series with a 460 cubic-inch V8 here on eBay for sale in Downey, CA for $5,000 buy-it-now with one day to go.

Mid-engined V8 vans are all the rage these days, but in 1967, they came straight from the factory like this. The first-generation E-series was a cab-over design based on Falcon hardware, with a 6-cylinder engine sitting behind the front seats. Now baring it all without any sort of cover, a significantly bigger engine tempts appendages and wrecks eardrums of whoever is standing inside.

The modified 460-cubic inch OHV 8-cylinder came from a Ford Galaxie 500 drag racer. It's mated to a C6 3-speed automatic transmission and spins the beefcake rear tires via Ford 9" rear end. Traction bars, tubbed wheel wells, additional rear-end reinforcements, and an aluminum fuel cell leave few guesses to this van's strong suit. Please don't try to turn in this van.

The engine works but the coolant lines aren't connected.There's currently no way of selecting gears. Chicken wire is in place of the headlights, there are no gauges, and the interior is just a metal shell with a roll bar. Driving this van as-is would expose you to dangerous amounts of noise and hot air, which makes it not unlike a date with Rosie O'Donnell. Still, five large is just a starting point that could end with one of the fastest classic vans out there. 

See a faster box-it-came-in vehicle? Email us at tips@dailyturismo.com.

PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. If this van is a rockn your lady has delightfully low standards.

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  3. $5K: about what a fancy coffin would cost you. And this is certainly that.


  4. The good side of this of course is that these things didn't have much in them to begin with.


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