FAQs—Ford E 100 Econoline
I found a vintage Ford E 100 Econoline at the used car shop. I know it's a fixer-upper, but it has potential. One of the most glaring problems with the E 100 is the rusting at the fenders and panels. Given a closer look, the rust looks like bubbles that protrude out from the body paint. What are the tools needed to smoothen out and repaint the rusted parts?
The formation of bubbles indicates that the surface rust has reached deeper levels and has become scale rust. To fight off roughness and to smooth the surface, you would need a power tool such as a wheel grinder, oscillating tool, or drill. The use of mechanical power tools is recommended if you know how to properly handle them and what safety precautions need to be taken. Make sure you wear a dust mask and hearing protection. Keep the tool moving in a circular motion so you do not gash the metal. If you want it easier, then you could try the chemical treatment method. Powerful chemicals such as phosphoric or hydrochloric acid are known to dissolve rust. However, these are strong chemicals that give off powerful fumes so rubber gloves, goggles, and respirators are needed. You could also look for gentler solutions such as a Calcium and Lime Rust remover or a Rust Converter Spray. However, these gentler chemicals do not penetrate as deep as the strong acids or the power tools. Seek the help of an expert mechanic for an effective and safe way to beat off the red dust.
I noticed a peculiar smell while driving my Ford E 100 Econoline. I inspected the engine and found out the fuel was leaking from the gas tank. How do I fix this at home?
Fuel leakage is a common problem, but nonetheless, it needs urgent attention. The leakage will cost you money on wasted fuel and also compromise your safety. It is better if you can take your car to the local mechanic to have it expertly repaired. However, if you have the right tools and the know-how, you can fix the problem in the comfort of your own garage. You would need an epoxy putty compound, a car jack, sandpaper, rubbing alcohol, towels, vinyl gloves, safety glasses, and a filtration mask. Jack up the car to a comfortable height you can work with, and then determine where the hole is in the gas tank. You could use the help of a fuel dye to put in the reservoir. Once you know where the hole is, sand the leaky area and clean the surface of the gas tank using rubbing alcohol. Ensure that you get rid of all the grime and dirt in the surface to have it ready for the epoxy. Once this is done, plug the hole with the mixed epoxy and let it dry.
I will be going on a cross-country trip with a friend this weekend using my Ford E 100 Econoline. We will be bringing plenty of gear along. Our gears would include tents, bikes, an ice box, and a stove. Are there any tips on how to maximize cargo space?
There are plenty of ways on making the most out of your E 100's cargo space. One tip is obvious and practical, that is, to pack your clothes in a duffel bag. A duffel bag is less bulky than a suitcase, leaving more room for the other gear. If you find that the cargo bed is still not enough, you could also use roof racks wherein you can strap more items. Use a rubber mat and ropes to help keep the items in place and avoid them from shaking during the long drive. There is a wide selection of cargo accessories, which can help you organize and maximize the E 100's cargo feature.