CC Outtake: Ford Econoline Tow Rig

A few weeks I showed you a heavy duty Suburban that in the 1980s was one solution to towing things on family trips–unless you needed to a haul a fifth-wheel trailer. For that, I present this Ford Econoline tow rig. Based on the heavy duty E-350 van, it sports more than a few big rig styling cues.

Note the use of GM tail lights! Certainly not a factory job, nor a home-made hack. At the time, a variety of companies were doing this sort of conversion; Centurion seems to have been the largest, but their conversions are slightly different and used Ford truck rear lights. Any ideas?

Here’s another take on the same theme. I saw this one a few months back, using its towing capacity in the service of a Ford Tempo.