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Manual Transmission V8 Rat Rod Camper


Listed 2 years ago
Bondville, Vermont

Seller's Description

Meet Dolly, our (and possibly your) 1964 Ford Econoline HD Rat Rod Camper. If you don’t want people talking to you at every red light, parking lot, drive-thru, gas station etc this van ain’t for you. If you want her, give me a call or text at [contact info removed]. Not road ready, but really close. The price is how much I paid for van ($15,000) plus what I’ve spent on parts & services ($7,000). I’m open to a little haggling but don’t go nuts. For people who want the facts, ma’am, and just the facts: New here means zero (0) miles or wear - 305 V8 out of an 87 K Blazer (67,054 miles) - Aisin AR-5 manual transmission out of an ‘06 GMC Canyon with transfer case (I’ve lost the receipt so I can’t remember the miles but I think it was about 100k. AR-5 Rebuild kit comes with van) - New FabBot bellhousing to transmission adapter plate - New FabBot engine to adapter plate bellhousing - New FabBot Aisin AR-5 Short Throw Shifter - New Billet Aluminum Cable Shifter (needs cables adjusted if I don’t get to it first) -New 22lb Flywheel - New Clutch - New Pressure Plate - New Throwout Bearing (slave cylinder for you old timers) - New Gabriel Ultra G Force Rear Shock Absorbers (needs installed if I don’t get to it first) - Front Air Shocks - New Master Cylinder -New Driveline -New Battery -New Locks & Keys on every door -New Seals on Rear and Side Door -New 285w Solar Panel -New Victron 100w | 20amp MPPT Charge Controller -New 1000w Renogy Inverter -(2) Lifeline AGM Deep Cycle 125 AmpHour batteries (they’ve sat for a year, don’t know if they still work so you can have them but I’m not including them in the price of van) -Reclaimed Barn Wood Shelves -Live Edge Maple Counter -Copper Sink -Sliding Bed (couch to bed) -New Alpicool Fridge/Freezer -Rebuilt Steering Box -New Electronic Parking Brake -Edelbrock Air Filter I’ve kept up with fluid changes on the engine, but given that I just installed the transmission and transfer case they have fresh fluid as well. What Needs Work (I may or may not get to this before you buy) -Cable Shifter needs adjustment, as I’ve just installed it -Rear Shock Absorbers need installed -Wiring for Solar Power needs re-installed (I was re-locating the battery bank/inverter) -Needs Mattress cause I’m not givin you mine (gross) -If you want 4x4 as was my intention it will need a front differential. I drove it 10,000 miles without this (transfer case disengaged) so it doesn’t need it but damn it would be cool -Needs handle for side cargo door, but I used locking pliers and got along fine -Needs New Spare Tire A little backstory: My girlfriend (not included with purchase of van) and I were traveling the country in Dolly. We’ve driven her from Franklin, Mass, up to Machias Port, ME all the way down to my home on Fort Mountain, GA and back, with the only issue being my hollerin at the Devil’s Invention (automatic transmissions) to “SHIFT! SHIFT! WHAT ARE YOU DOIN SHIFTIN UP WE’RE GOIN UPHILL YOU DUMB-“ Well, you get the point. When the old 700r4 kersploded on the side of the road I was overcome with joy. A little pissed off that she had been used as a drag racer and I didn’t know she had a cracked bell housing when I bought her, but happy to send the only automatic I’ve ever owned to Hell. I decided to swap out the old slush box for a standard, American manual like God intended. That was almost a year ago now and my very gracious in-laws don’t retain my passion for this beautiful machine bein in their driveway. They very politely and regretfully demand I sell it and get a different van so we can leave and keep traveling. Let me show you its features. For people who like having fun, and care about my feelings: I’m bout ready to cry typin this out to sell her, but I’m out of time and I’m using the in-laws’ driveway to renovate her and finish the manual conversion so it ain’t up to me. I’m kinda pissed off about it so if you show up and try to offer me $5,000 you’ll leave with approximately ZERO sweet vans and an ass whoopin compliments of yours truly. I was the one out here in 20 degree weather bustin my knuckles, not you. Don’t like the price, buy some less cool van with stains the owner won’t mention or answer questions about. I AM open to a little haggling, but outrageously low prices will be met with laughter or awkward silence. I’ll miss her. Anycase, *sniff* let’s *sniff* get to it. When I bought Dolly she already had the V8 in her and a lot of custom work done underneath. Custom transmission mount, custom engine mounts, wiring harness from Blazer fully installed. Anti-Rust coating on the new things and unibody frame, but a little rust did get to some of the panels. Nothin crazy for a 60 year old car, but it’s definitely there. Rust is a huge part of the reason it’s taken me so long as I’ve never ever had to deal with it in Georgia. A lot of enthusiasts tend to dislike the 305 but this little old van definitely ain’t hurtin for power. Dependin on your level of insanity you could give her more but I got on the pedal with the old transmission once (1 time) and it scared the hell out of me. She’s a demon. By the way, I was told it was a 350 V8 by the guy I purchased it from, but the casting codes determined that was a lie. It’s a true blue 305 from one of my favorite trucks ever, an 87 K Body Blazer. Gets pretty good gas mileage for a brick with windows. Drivin her and is a blast. Nothin like cruisin down a purty, rollin back road, feelin them leaf springs bounce like you’re on a roller coaster and that V8 grumblin about how that new fangled high way is ruinin the drivin experience. Or was that always me? You’ll feel the wind whisper through your hair too cause she has that premium 2-55 air conditioner, and she always has. You can keep the roof scoop as an extra bit of air flow or you can hook a pipe up and run it down to the custom doghouse for fresh air intake. Up to you. We had to get an electronic parking brake installed for her to pass Massachusetts inspection. That’s right, she’s passed Mass inspection. How? Because I did a lot of very stressful work in very cold weather. I still don’t want to sell her. If you’re willin to give her time and attention she’ll be the coolest vehicle you’ve ever owned. I know I’ll regret selling her as long as I live. Lemme know if she speaks to you like she did me.


  • make: Ford
  • model: Econoline Heavy Duty Cargo
  • year: 1964
  • fuel: Gasoline
  • odometer: 67,054 miles
  • sleeps: 2
  • seats: 2
  • type: Camper Van
  • roof: Regular


  • ac_unit
    Air conditioner
  • health_and_safety
  • Solar panels
  • electrical_services
    Power inverter
  • Heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Backup camera
  • shower
  • Extra storage
  • Toilet
  • accessible_forward
    Wheelchair accessible
  • AWD
  • 4WD
  • electric_rickshaw
  • Tow hitch
  • tv
  • Water tank
  • Leveling jacks
  • pedal_bike
    Bike rack


  • kitchen
  • Stove
  • Sink
  • dining
  • microwave
  • Oven

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