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. Diesels were no longer offered after the 2010 model year. This manual covers all 1997 Ford Econoline models including E150, E250, E350, Cargo Van and Club Wagon. For 2009, the E-Series gained with 4. Failed to get data, please try again.
The Twin I-Beam layout was retained making it the last Ford vehicle to use it. With a 58-year production run, the Ford E series is the second longest-produced nameplate by Ford worldwide; only the Ford F series 1948—present has been produced longer. The interior saw a complete redesign of the dashboard, adopting dual airbags for all models. It also covers the motohome chassis for van-based motorhomes covers the part made by Ford only, not the motorhome body. For 1972, a sliding rear door became an option; introduced on a was the Hi-Cube van, a cab-chassis version of the Econoline with a box-van body. Cargo vans with the exception of the panel van were offered with or without windows in several configurations.
Production numbers of Mercury Econolines were low; for example, a total of 1,291 Mercury Econoline pickup trucks were built in 1965. Flush-mounted taillamp lenses were specific to the model line, along with flush-mounted headlamps the latter were an option, standard on Club Wagons. 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 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. 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 addition to increasing the strength of the chassis, the configuration allowed more commonality with the F-series trucks. From 1962 to 1965, Mercury sourced Econoline vans and pickups from Oakville, with all later vehicles imported from the United States. Subsequently, the next van sold by Mercury was the 1993 minivan. On 250 or 350-series vans, a 7. In another revision, the front turn signal lenses become amber in color. For 1995, the taillamps were revised, removing the amber turn signals. For the 2008 model year, the chassis underwent its largest revisions of the fourth generation.
. Sharing its gasoline engines with the , a 4. To bring the exterior of the Econoline in line with other Ford trucks, the egg-crate grille was replaced with an eight-hole oval-shaped cutout matching the Ford Explorer and F-150. As the engine was placed between the front seats instead of behind the rear axle as on the Corvair, a larger rear door and flat load floor was created, allowing for additional load capacity. In 1988, the 124-inch wheelbase was discontinued, leaving the 138-inch wheelbase as standard. In addition, the Club Wagon was produced solely as a passenger van.
The two-box configuration made a return, although the hood was angled downward slightly and the windshield raked back; all window glass if specified was flush-mounted. 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. From 2015 onward, the E-Series has remained in production solely for commercial markets in cutaway-cab and stripped chassis configurations. 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 May 2014, the final 4.
A three-speed manual was standard, with a Dagenham four-speed manual introduced for 1963 and discontinued in 1964; the 170 cubic-inch engine was offered with a 3-speed automatic in 1964 and the larger two engines were both offered with a 3-speed automatic as an option thereafter. Sharing many controls with the F series, the new design also improved interior ergonomics. Early in 1965 the pickup was offered as a Spring Special with a special trim package. To accommodate demand for second-stage manufacturers, from the 2015 model year onward, the E-Series has continued production for commercial use solely in cutaway and stripped-chassis configuration. Failed to get data, please try again. Archived from on 17 April 2018.
Commercial or fleet users represented 95% of sales, with cargo vans accounting for nearly half of production. While the Econoline cargo van remained, it was joined by an Econoline passenger van replacing the Falcon van. For 2011, to commemorate the 50th year of production, Ford offered a 50th Anniversary Edition of the E-Series. For 2004, the instrument panel was given a digital odometer, last used in 1996, certain versions were available with a tachometer. Please review the vehicle options and installation notes, to ensure you select the correct product for your Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon.