The E-series vans came in a number of configurations and trims. There were pure 2-passenger cargo vans, super extended 15-passenger versions, and even some 4WD ones (which are extremely rare and are worshipped by preppers). Figuring out your specific trim and options can be a bit of a pain.
In the case of my van, there never was a rear swaybar, so this was a pure addition. Here the guys from SOS get the brackets attached to the rear live axle before hooking up the endlinks.
Again, a pretty simple installation, other than the size of things. You can see the big ol’ brake drum, and also the leaf springs. And, speaking of leaf springs, this is where Hellwig got its start.
Hellwig’s first product back in the 40s was a helper spring for cars sagging under heavy weight. And, when you’re towing all the time, sure enough, that puts a bunch of heavy weight on the back. Now granted we are not towing a 5th-wheel or gooseneck-type trailer here, but a fully-loaded two-horse trailer and supplies is topping out at around 6,000-7,000lbs, and even the open steel one-car trailer is in that same range. 7,000lbs behind the van and another few thousand pounds of tools and supplies in the van, and you are talking serious weight.
The helper springs… help! Here they first get stacked up to then get installed on top of the existing Ford leaf spring stack.
Again, this isn’t a hard job, it just requires big tools and a little patience. And, if your vehicle originally came from up north like this one did, probably dealing with some rusty bolts and yucky hardware.
So, what’s the verdict?