This paper discusses the techniques employed in the development of the 1975 Ford Econoline Van, Club Wagon, and Cutaway vehicles.
The presentation highlights the key elements of engineering a new family of light trucks. A brief review of historical van and bus market trends and their role in determining new vehicle design objectives is included. Specific engineering subjects discussed are:
˙Body-on-frame structural design applied to van/bus/cutaway vehicles.
˙Development of an energy absorbing frame for these forward control trucks.
˙Engineering techniques applied to the resolution of vehicle shake problems.
˙Modifications to front and rear suspension for optimum ride, handling and tire wear.
˙Development of integrated climate control systems for van/bus vehicles.
˙The engineering of derivatives for body builder recreation vehicle markets.