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Ride & Handiling Of The B-Van

Discussion in 'Vans' started by Truck451, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. Truck451

    Truck451 Active Member

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    Of the 3 historic Full-Size vans, I think the B-van has handling that's the most crisp, the Econoline historically has always had the softest and most comfortable ride; and the GM vans produced up until 1996 had the worst ride and handling of the 3.
     
  2. bguy

    bguy Well-Known Member

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    The B-van had the best ride and handling, and the best power. It had the worst floor tho.
     
  3. valiant67

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    Every Ford Econoline van I ever drove felt like it has 200k miles on it, whether it really had 200k miles or 50k miles. They were just sloppy at highway speed.
     
  4. Jerry Simcik

    Jerry Simcik Well-Known Member

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    We had several B-vans, still do actually, and never had issues with the ride. Handling? For a full-size Van, it was fine. It was still a van, however. We also had a Ford along the way - it was not nearly as nice or controlled.
     
  5. 52Dodgecoronet

    52Dodgecoronet Active Member

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    A b-van handles a lot better with large-diameter front and rear sway bars. However, they increase the overall spring rate and make the ride somewhat harsher.

    The steering box on the B-van is the same as that used on large passenger cars, so precision-rebuilt boxes are available from vendors like Red Top and Firm Feel.
     

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  6. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Up to 1993 you're 100% correct; 1994-03 B series vans used some species of GM Saginaw PS gear.
     
  7. DrDan68108

    DrDan68108 Well-Known Member

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    Winnebago Industries lent Dad a then-new 1973 Minnie Winnie (MB-300 Dodge chassis) for a road trip. He was smitten with the van cab and chassis and it wasn't long before he got himself a '73 Tradesman for his daily driver. He drove nothing but B-vans for the next 25 years.

    He never liked Ford's Twin-I-Beam suspension because he found the steering wheel to "kick" on hard bumps. As for the Chevy/GMC...well, he just wasn't a GM guy. (Their vans' doghouse seemed to interfere too much with getting from the front seats to the rear part - not good in a motorhome.)
     

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