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1989 E150 conversion van
Very strong 5.0l V8 engine which pulls really well, think the headers and velocity tuners might help a bit. Ideal for towing.
After 4 years havnt found any yet. Left hand drive can be a pain if overtaking on single carrige way roads but that doesnt happen often, Small price to pay for having something so cool.
I have always been a great fan of American cars and always wanted a day van, but over here in the UK they are fetching silly money if you can actually find one that is. After brousing through a monthly magazine i finaly came across a 1989 E150 which was gas converted (massive bonus since petrol is aproaching £5 a gallon).
My wife and i go on regular visits to my auntys in scotland which is about 200 miles from our house, setting the cruise at 60 the van steams along effortlesly up hill and down dale.
The comfort is second to none driving along in an armchair makes all journeys so easy and relaxing.
I've recently give the 5 litre V8 an overhall thinking at 164000 miles it would need it but when i got the motor stripped down it was sound, a waste of money really i supose but piece of mind knowing its probably got another 200000 trouble free miles left.
The van is aproaching its 18th birthday and the last 4 year its been subject to nearly every weekend of some major partys and beer sesions, with aproximately £2500 in sound system we've had some good times! All this has taken its toll on the interior so its getting a retrim at the moment, cream suede walls, red captain chairs and sofa and red carpets. Should look good hopefully.
I've owned a few american cars mainly camaros and i've never had any major problems with any of them. the alternator melted on my van last year but thet was to be expectad at some point due to the amount of stuff its got to run including about 100 exterior running lights,4 amplifiers, tv, dvd, games console etc.
I've had a few british Ford cars from the same era but they're not a patch on the V8 powered Econoline. If you like lots of comfort and luxury around you then this is for you.