1975-02-01

Engineering the Third Generation Econoline 750454

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.

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