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Old 08-10-2019, 06:08 PM   #1
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2019 econoline SMB is available



Of particular interest to me is the gas spring attached to the pivot point of the cross bars. This may be a good solution for hard to lift tops.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:53 AM   #2
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WOW!!!! I would have to pick that over the others...that is SWEEEEEET! I like the extra flair, though I am not sure how much it really helps...I will have to admit that living room plan is nice...my walkthrough is love...but gotta win that lottery for SMB #2

How much longer is the Econoline front going to be made? I thought till '19 then no...must have changed their minds...i
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:36 AM   #3
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WOW!!!!
Yes indeed--VERY nice SMB!

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How much longer is the Econoline front going to be made? I thought till '19 then no...must have changed their minds...i
From what I understand the E-Series cutaway's will be with us for quite a while longer now---in fact there is a small but fascinating move to using or adapting service truck bodies into SMB's or adventure vans. Along with continuing interest (and of course sales) in/of the cutaway's the new 7.3 gasoline engines are to be offered in them as well. It would seem the once vilified Ford vans are having a resurgence of sorts.

I've always wanted an ambulance or shuttle bus chassis for a work van---the only real thing stopping me at this point is I don't need or want the DRW drive line. Those seem to be almost non-optional on most I've looked into.


So my question is this "classic" body---is that exclusive to SMB or has an aftermarket supplier/builder begun offering them as turn key or DIY conversions to an existing cutaway chassis?
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:16 AM   #4
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Of particular interest to me is the gas spring attached to the pivot point of the cross bars. This may be a good solution for hard to lift tops.

Those have been part of the powered top mechanism for years....not sure what they actually are....they may just be tubes with springs in them...
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How much longer is the Econoline front going to be made? I thought till '19 then no...must have changed their minds...i
There will be no 2020 Econoline, but the 2019s will be made through December, and the 2021s will start up in January. With the new 7.3L powertrain, and new electronics architecture (with adaptive cruise, lane keep, emergency auto braking etc) they seem committed to the E-series for a long time.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:52 PM   #6
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Those have been part of the powered top mechanism for years....not sure what they actually are....they may just be tubes with springs in them...
no springs. I think Sportsmobile calls them "lift assist struts". the silver portion should slide freely within the black pivot arm ... one of mine was slightly bent resulting is jerky travel when lowering. original arm was hollow, real,acement is solid
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It looks nice, but at $140K-$180K, I would expect better construction than L brackets and screws holding the cabinets together. I hope itís not screwed into particleboard or MDF.

See 3:35 in the video.

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It looks nice, but at $140K-$180K, I would expect better construction than L brackets and screws holding the cabinets together. I hope itís not screwed into particleboard or MDF.

See 3:35 in the video.

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Ha! Are you kidding? You think SMB is going to change their 30 year old way of building cabinets? Not a chance.

That said, they do hold together impressively well with L-brackets. I use them in my SMB clone cabinet builds but I use this stuff called real wood. It's readily available and much more robust. So common it grows on trees. I can't believe they haven't tried it.

I look at the new SMB prices and think how a nice Prevost bus could be bought for the same money not long ago.
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For anyone who's curious about pricing on this specific SMB here's a pic of the actual window sticker on the passenger window shown in the video. I saw this SMB in person at Expo West this year and took the photo while I was there checking it out....
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Yes indeed--VERY nice SMB!


So my question is this "classic" body---is that exclusive to SMB or has an aftermarket supplier/builder begun offering them as turn key or DIY conversions to an existing cutaway chassis?
The "classic" body is made by SMB, so exclusive to them at this time, although considering it's nothing more than a fiberglass copy of the E-series van sides, moved out a few inches, I don't see any reason why another company couldn't duplicate the idea if they felt there was a market for it.

I've heard SMB is considering a hi-roof version of the body as well for those not keen on a pop-top (like myself).

As nice as this van is, $192,000.... wow.

As far the E-series goes, as long as there is demand, Ford will probably keep making them.
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