This 1965 Econoline is a Wheelie Popping Head Turner

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Do you love being the center of attention?  Want to turn heads everywhere you go and stand out from the crowd?  Well look no further, because this is your ride.  In a world full of Mustangs, Camaros, and soccer mom SUV’s with stick figure stickers, this 1965 Econoline is the cure for the common car.

It’s not like the Econoline isn’t a unique vehicle to begin with.  Based on the compact Falcon, both the van and pickup featured unibody construction, with a flat nose and engine placement between/behind the front seats.

This setup, combined with the Econoline’s light weight, caused some serious handling issues from the start, with a big time front weight bias.  Obviously, this issue was exponentially worse in the truck version, which unintentionally turned it into a wheelie machine with a mere engine swap.

The unique and somewhat quirky rides have become popular for that very reason, with scores of small block conversions roaming the streets.  But the ’65 you see before you, affectionately (and appropriately) dubbed “The Grasshopper” has something a little more serious behind the seats – a 460.

Call it overkill, because it is.  Thankfully, this product of the TV show Restoration Garage has also been fitted with wheelie bars, which will hopefully keep the new owner from doing a surprise backflip the first time they give it some throttle.

Outside of the ridiculous drivetrain, this Eco has an awesome two tone green and black paint scheme with shiny chrome and a few tasteful body mods.  Things underneath are very modern, with air bags, custom frame, and 4 wheel disc brakes.

Econoline pickups have always been a bit of an anomaly, and you certainly don’t see one (in any condition) every day.  It’s even harder to find one this nice, meaning that you are guaranteed to turn heads everywhere you go.  And if that doesn’t work, just give it a little gas and soak up the attention.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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