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  • About James Doty
    Biography
    Old, short, and bald.
    Location
    Woodland, WA
    Interests
    Ham radio, rc aircraft and cars, 3D printing. Reading, lots of reading.
    2 Letter State/Province (use "--" for outside USA/
    WA
    Country of Residence
    US
    Make
    Ford
    Model
    Econline or E-Series
    Year
    1985
    Current Mileage
    125,000 - 149,999
    Miles per year
    0 - 999
    Gender
    Male

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  • Last Activity: 02-13-2019 09:59 PM
  • Join Date: 09-08-2018
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  1. 09-10-2018 11:08 AM - permalink
    James check in your area, dealer in AR got me a used power seat base and installed it all for $500
  2. 09-10-2018 09:22 AM - permalink
    Sure is. I think Mike knows everybody.

    He used to work at Care Medical in Vancouver back when I used to live near there.

    Mike and his wife were in the area year before last and the three of us had dinner together.
  3. 09-10-2018 06:13 AM - permalink
    James if the person you know at Permobil is Mike Raway, I know him too
  4. 09-09-2018 08:52 PM - permalink
    Last one:


    ​​​​​​​At the time I had just $5k to spend and I spent the rest of that $5, just fixing the van up. It was worth it, some of the parts I still need are unobtainable but I like that van almost as much as I like Ford Econoline vans.

    Here's my Flickr car page, I don't have photos of my last two Econoline vans there, but there're photos of my first brown Ford Econoline, Cassi's blue and white E250, and my old Caravan. I'll need to post a photo or two of my new van there tonight.

    I have a friend who lives in Tennessee, he works for Permobil there. Great guy.

    Too bad you're not headed to SW Washington next summer. Are you flying to the west coast or driving?
  5. 09-09-2018 08:51 PM - permalink
    The EMC buttons on the box at the driver's location don't work. The remote works though as well as the toggles on the lift. Hopefully it's a bad connector or cable. It could just be dirty button contacts, I've seen that before.

    I'm not expecting perfection, I paid $2,700 for the van. I paid $3,500 for my '86 Caravan in 2012 It needed a lot of work just so I could get in and out of it, then alone drive it, the door motors, it had two, didn't work, the ramp button on the back of the van was broken off, the key for the back buttons was missing so we had to tear down the interior and replace the whole lock, the door motor on the dash didn't work, the carburetor was bad, real bad, left me stranded twice, the rack and pinion were bad, there were no front brakes, the rear brakes needed shoes, the dash lights didn't work, the spark plugs were bad, the hoses were bad, the spark plug wires were bad, the cap was bad, the rotor was bad, the belts were bad, the tires were bad.
  6. 09-09-2018 08:45 PM - permalink
    My message was too long I split it up:

    I got the van started, I can't move it though, the front brakes have been removed to be replaced, and there's a jack under the right front end of the van. The wheels have nuts holding them on in case the jack slips.

    The choke doesn't work. I'll have to have a friend see if he can fix that for me, it makes starting the van a bit tedious though it does start, and you have to keep the gas up a bit to keep it from stalling since the high idle isn't working.

    Though the lift up/down switch on the dash worked Wednesday it's not working today, dang. I'll have to test the switch, who knows how old it is? I can reach it though so I can get it out.
  7. 09-09-2018 08:43 PM - permalink
    Since I don't drive from a wheelchair I tried to remove the wheelchair seatbelt post on the right side of the driver's seat. No go, there's nuts under the floor holding the bolts on. I'll have to get assistance.

    I took the armrests off the driver's seat and the left armrest off the passenger seat, it wasn't very hard to do once I figured out how they go on i the first place. I thought the armrests were broken but it turns out someone had pushed in on them then rotated them down, and that as it turns out is how they're removed.

    I jammed a tool in the seat adjuster so I could get behind the seat and push it forward, I'm really short, five foot and change.

    I was then able to swivel the seat to the right so I could transfer from my chair, but that seatbelt post is a real problem. I'll also have to raise the driver's seat some, it's way too low, I had a devil of a time getting back in my chair from there.
  8. 09-09-2018 07:56 PM - permalink
    Thanks for all the pictures James. My guess is that you have a C6 transmission. My boss in the 80's was one half of H & S Marketing that built Golden Boy lifts and we sold them nationwide. I am in TN and now have a 1993 E150 with a Ricon lift. Wife and I hope to be on the west coast next summer, my best friend lives in Glendale, CA. Agree with info on handcontrols. Let me know how things go.
  9. 09-09-2018 02:39 PM - permalink
    HI Edwin:

    I sure hope it does according to the VIN it does, but I'm still confused by the G code for the transmission since the C4 had been discontinued in 1983.

    I'll be happy to send more photos, I'd considered it anyway.

    I've owned three Ford E150 conversions, the first one had a Golden Boy lift in it, the second one an engineer friend of mine did for me, he did a fine job by the way, the third one was done by my late girlfriend's uncle who also did a fine job, and now this one. This one is the best yet.
  10. 09-09-2018 02:21 PM - permalink
    Welcome James, I worked for a handicapped van conversion company in Memphis, TN in the mid 1980's and we did many vans like yours. If it does have the 351 H.O. engine you're very lucky, it will run much better than most vans. I would appreciate more pictures if not to much trouble. Thanks
    Edwin

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