what kind of routine maintenance should i be preforming on my 1985 ford e150 conversion van

Asked by May 26, 2016 at 08:05 PM about the 1985 Ford E-150 Club Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently bought a 1985 e150 with 50,000 original miles that i believe to be
in almost mint condition (very minimal body damage, everything except ac
and cruise seem to work). I took it in to get inspected since i live in nys and
the mechanic was impressed with the condition stating that the brake lines
were even replaced and they couldnt find any faults. I was just wondering
what kind of maintenance i should keep up on since i have fallen in love
with the van.  I live in nys so rust is a big issue here. it was recently
undercoated with oil which ive heard helps keep rust away immensely but
are there any other tricks to keeping rust off of your vehicle? and how often
should i get the bottom undercoated? would taking it through a car wash
wash off some of the oil? sorry for the paragraph, thank you for your time.

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Hey I also got a low mileage 1985 E-150 conversion van with 75 K miles,I went thru all the brakes,as it being 30 years old it is very important to do this,if you cannot do it take it to an older mechanic.also change the fluids in the cooling system and the automatic transmission.Check all the drive belts carefully too,would recommend putting all new ones on there should be about four(4) of them. Remember this van is 35 years old and any cloth type component will not be very good.Are the tires good? no dry rot?Good spare?

Living in new York state they already went through the brakes when I got it inspected. The previous owner did all of the stuff to get it up to code. He replaced the brake lines, tires (including spare) and even replaced the battery and the connectors. I just was wondering if there's anything else I should be doing to it besides oil changes and checking transmission fluid. P.s. your van looks awesome. I wish I could figure out how to post a picture of mine

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