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E350 Box Truck/sheriffs Command Van/mobile Office Has Roof Ac,awning,light Bars on 2040-cars

Year:1979 Mileage:12443

New Richmond, Ohio, United States

New Richmond, Ohio, United States
Engine:351 Windsor V8
Vehicle Title:Clear
VIN: E37HHEF4807 Year: 1979
Make: Ford
Drive Type: automatic
Model: E-Series Van
Mileage: 12,443
Trim: custom
Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. ... 

Up for auction we have a 1979 Ford E350 Cutaway that was formally a mobile communications unit for a local sheriff’s department. It was removed from service in 2010 and has only 12,000 miles as stated on the title. The van was maintained by the county maintenance department and runs well, and drives. It has several options like roof AC, roll out awning, internal wiring for a generator and breaker box, heavy duty antenna mount, emergency beacon lights, and work cubicles with chairs. I’m going to describe it in detail, and there are over 40 pics, so please read below.

Engine is a 351W which runs smooth and always starts on the first try. C6 trans feels good, brakes are firm and steering is smooth. The tires are 215/85-16.5 and have great tread, but are dry cracked on the sidewalls. The right inner rear tire will lose air when it sits for a few months, and the right front tire has a small nick in the sidewall but doesn’t lose air. There are stainless simulators on all 4 corners.

I have only driven the truck a few miles since I bought it last year, but there are no apparent mechanical issues that prevent it from being used.

The cab interior is clean with some general wear and cracks in the dash pad. Both spotlights work, and there are controls for the working  Federal Jetsonic roof light – alley lights, rotating lights, etc, as well as a rear light bar with yellow and red lights that flash on several pre-set patterns. There's a CB radio which is untested, and a CB antenna behind the seat that mounts on the door or roof edge. Radio is a cheap aftermarket unit that works when it wants to.

Floors, rockers, cab mounts etc show no signs of heavy rust or repairs. Door bottoms have some flaky rust but no holes that I can find. At one point it was repainted from the factory Ford ivory to bright white. The paint looks good but could use a buffing, and decals were painted over. The box needs a good scrubbing but the finish is intact.

Heat works, AC does not (compressor doesn’t turn on). There may be a mouse nest in the heater box, as the setting for the dash vents doesn’t seems plugged up. Defrost and floor vents work, but occasionally there are bits of leaves that blow out occasionally, along with a little musty odor (only when heat is on).

Dash gauges all work, engine runs cool, good oil pressure and charging. Truck has dual tanks - front seems to work fine, rear is marked "gauge doesn't work".

The box body is built from a heavy steel tube frame with wood plank floor, and has insulated sides and roof. The center section has a false floor for running communications wires. Up front is an access panel for generator installation (generator and breaker panel were removed by the county before I bought it and a portion of the floor was left open). There is romex throughout the truck that runs to a number of 120v outlets at each of the work stations. The roof AC is untested but appears almost new. I believe it runs off the 120v setup. There’s a sliding divider that separates the cab and box.

The interior is dry, and aside from few stains in the ceiling tiles around the roof vent, there’s no signs of leaks or mildew. Swivel seats are like new. Rear door has 2 key locks, and keys are included.

On the outside, there’s a pair of hinge mounts, so its possible to probably remove the man-door and replace it with a pair of barn doors if you wanted to make into a straight truck. The rear body has fold out steps (slightly bent) and a steel frame to mount a large antenna.

As an added bonus, there’s a working awning on the driver’s side that folds out from the body and has removable legs that can be staked into the ground. The pull-down rod for the awning is included. The unit isn’t very old – maybe 10 years at most.

Overall this is a solid old truck with a variety of uses. Turn it into a mobile office, camper, hunting rig, or return it to use as a radio rig.

Clear Ohio title, and I’ll include a copy of the original title that’s pictured below.

Truck is located in New Richmond, Ohio, just east of Cincinnati, and is available for inspection by appointment. Reserve is reasonable and I generally prefer to let auctions run their course.

I can be reached at 513-314-7620 with questions, or feel free to email me via Ebay.

Thanks for looking!

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