Ford E-Series Overviews

Ford E-SeriesFord E-Series is the best selling van in North America. Period. In fact, the full size E-Series van holds almost 80 percent of the big van market share across the continent. Even more telling is the fact that it has been the best selling full-size van for three decades straight. That's a strong report card, and there's good reason for it. The E-Series is loaded with ford e-series accessories targeted squarely at the working man.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The first E-Series (Econoline) was based on the compact Ford Falcon platform and was sized to compete with cross town rival, Chevrolet's Corvair van (and more than likely, Volkswagen's Type 2 van). The big difference was that the Econoline had a conventional front-mounted water-cooled engine, in comparison to the competitions' air-cooled rear engines. Ford's layout was clever: It was laid out similar to big cab-over highway tractors where the driver's compartment was mounted over the engine. This resulted in an easy-tomaneuver snub nose and a highly useable flat load floor. And from a user perspective, the new van was a home run. The Bell Telephone System and other utilities immediately recognized the Econoline's capabilities. They flat-out worked and they were economical to operate. Over 50,000 Econolines of various configurations were sold in the 1961 model year.

Fast forward to today. The 2010 Ford E-Series Cargo lineup starts off with the E-150, which provides a considerable 3,240-pound maximum payload rating (3,180 pounds in 20-inch longer Extended Van models). For heavier-duty requirements, check out the E-250 and E-250 Extended Van models (3,600 and 3,450 pound payloads respectively). And for those applications where you have to maximize hauling capability in a standard configuration full-size van, there's the E-350 Super Duty and longer E-350 Super Duty Extended models with 4,040 and 3,900 pound payload capabilities. That's not the end of it either. E-Series vans offer you lots of choices when it comes to powertrain and body configurations: four combinations of engine/transmissions, the TorqShift five-speed automatic with Tow/Haul Mode, sliding or swing-out side cargo doors, windows all around or panel sides, no-charge racks and bins packages, and special packages geared for various trades.

The base engine in the E150 is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 225 horsepower and 286 foot-pounds of torque. Next up is an optional 5.4-liter, 255-horsepower single overhead cam V8 producing 255 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. The 5.4L is the base engine for the E350 Wagon. Both the 4.6L and 5.4L engines are Flex Fuel (E85) capable. Ford Flex-Fuel capability allows you decide right at the pump: Both E-Series Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) can run on E85 (85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline), straight gasoline, or any combination of the two. Available in heavy duty E350 and E450 models is a 6.8-liter Triton V10. The 10-cylinder engine is based upon architecture similar to the 4.6 and 5.4 power-plants, but (obviously) adds a brace of cylinders. The V10 produces 305 horsepower and an impressive 420 foot-pounds of torque. The 6.0L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel is optional on E350 Super Duty van models along with E350/E450 cutaway vans. The robust turbo-charged diesel cranks out 235-horsepower along with 440 foot pounds of torque.

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