1961 Econoline Station Bus

1961 Station Bus

 

Smart, new vehicle for “station wagon” comfort plus new economy and utility. This modern Station Bus can provide plenty of stretch-out roominess for the whole family, with lots of luggage space for trips and camping fun. And in just minutes it can be made into a utility van with 204 cubic feet of loadspace  for business, moving days, or any time you want to carry those bulky items that won’t fit in a regular station wagon. Yet, with all this room, the outside length is shorter for better maneuverability in traffic and easier parking. And you’ll enjoy the unexcelled all-round visibility dial makes driving safer and easier.

There arc big new saving, too, with low initial cost – it’s priced below most compact station wagons – and offers superior economy of operation. The 144 Economy Six, the same gas-saving engine used in the Falcon pickup, goes a full 4,000 miles between oil changes. The engine is well insulated to keep out heat and noise for your driving comfort.

Seats 8 with ease. The Econoline Station Bus has a driver’s and companion seat standard with one or two full-width available in passenger compartment. Large 49.1 inch-wide double door opening at side, with optional retractable step, provides convenient entry to passenger area. Big rear doors give access to luggage space: 93.4 cu. ft. with second seat; 32.4 cu. ft. with both rear seats. Front door window roll down and side windows open  front and rear, provide  excellent ventilation for added comfort.

Ford Econoline Station Bus Features:

85-HP ECONOMY SIX gives excellent gas mileage. And its up-front design means better cooling and better vehicle performance. Saves on oil change expense with 4,000 miles between changes.

LESS MAINTENANCE EXPENSE with easier engine accessibility, Engine cover trail be quickly lifted, exposing the engine for rapid service. Many major repairs can be made without removing the engine.

GALVANIZED PROTECTION against rust and corrosion for longer body life. All main underbody structural members on the Station Bus are heavily zinc-coated to resist rust, for greater durability.

Add up the standard Station Bus features all these custom “extras” and you’ll see why the Custom Equipment Package is worth its small additional cost!

  • Twill-Stripe Woven-Plastic Seat Upholstery plus Foam Padding in Stationary Front Passenger Seat
  • Chrome Horn Ring
  • Air Duct, Right Side
  • Arm rest, Black Vinyl
  • Cigar-Cigarette Lighter
  • Coat Hooks
  • Dome Light Passenger Area
  • Door Lock, Driver’s Side
  • Full Length Headlining and Hardboard Trim Sides and Doors
  • Dual Electric Horns
  • Bright Metal Hub Caps
  • Chrome Window Latches
  • Fiberglass Moldings, Interior – Around Windows
  • Sun Visor, Right Side
  • Full-Length Floor Mat

CHASSIS SPECIFICATIONS

  • GVW (lb.)…………………………………………………3633
    Optional GVW (lb.) ……………………………………4350*
  • Maximum Seating Capacity………………………………..8
  • Maximum Loadspace (cu..ft.)………………………..234
  • Axle, Front: Capacity (lb.)……………………………2050
  • Axle Rear: Capacity (lb.)………………………………2300
  • Battery………………………………………………..54 plates-49 amp-hr.
    Optional Battery……………………………………66 plates-55 amp-hr
  • Brakes, Service: Size (in)
    Front………………………………………………..10 x 2.50
    Rear………………………………………………….10 x 1.75
    Total Lining Area (sq. in.)…………………………144.4
  • Brakes. Parking:…………………………….. . Cable actuation of rear brake
  • Clutch: Dia.(in) – Friction Areal (sq.in.) . . . 8.5 – 67.6
  • Cooling System: Capacity (qt.)…………………. .8.9
  • Engine…………………………………………….. 85-hp. 144 Cubic-inch Six
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)…………………………… . ..14
  • Location ……………………………………………..Under cargo floor
  • Generator: Standard – Optional…………………..25 Amp. – 35 Amp.
  • Shock Absorbers: Front and Rear…………..Direct Acting, Telescopic
  • Springs Front: Capacity @ pad (Ib.)……………..900
  • Size (in.) – No. of leaves…………………………… 48.0 x 2.25 – 5
  • Springs Rear: Capacity @ pad (lb.)………………. 940
  • Size (in.) – No. of leaves………………………… 48.625 x 2-25 – 5
  • Transmission: Synchro-silent…………………………3-speed
  • Control………………………………………… steering column shift lever
  • Tires: tubeless, No.-Size………………………..5-650-I3 4 PR (4 Ply)
  • Wheels: No. – Rim Size……………………….5-13 x 5½J

*Requires 7.00 x 13 6PR tires

Model Body Code Units Sold Weight lbs. Price
’61 Econoline 12-window Station Bus 89B (E11) 8,511 $2,092
’61 Econoline 12-window Custom Bus 89B (E11) 6,571

The above production information has been obtained from various sources and cross-checked when possible. Although it is thought to be reliable, a person considering a Falcon based on its rarity should conduct his or her own research.