We think this is worth to share with everyone of you.A little story of a colossal work!
What S.Divnick made to this pickup body is awesome!We hope that he still have this Ultravan.Sure this van is a prove of his greatest job ever !
In 1970 most of the pickups were workhorses not known for their comforts or luxury interior so Steve Divnicks wanted a van instead of a pickup.He started this procedure that was destined for an extreme makeover. All this started with a 1970 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon. He removed the entire back half of the van. Steve repaired parts of the van body for re-use in the shorter body.Then he found a second Econoline and used the lower half of that body to build the pickup box.
With the top half of the parts body removed, it left him with a full, 8-foot long box.The 2 halves met and Divnick butt-welded the frame, using reinforcing structural gussets. He welded the sides using an overlapping brazing process.Divnick moved forward the rear door section so they allowed access from the passenger cabin into the pickup box. The design allowed for the addition of a slide-in camper, which would allow free access between the camper portion and the van itself.Because the van now had a longer wheelbase, Steve had to lengthen the driveshaft, brake lines, fuel lines, etc.
As you can see in the pictures the Van body and the box are merged as well together even better now than being individual parts. He made a good choice because he chose the Econoline van because the top door hinge was lower than the pickup body’s natural bodyline.Also Divnick modified the original van doors into Dutch doors that swung open. The passenger side had barn doors to allow access to the passenger area.The interior featured a fold-down couch and swivel captain’s chairs, plus a table, and some groovy quilted vinyl on the walls and shag carpet from Venus Flytrap’s swingin’ bachelor pad.This Ultra Ultravan was issued in a 1979 magazine called ‘’Pickup & Off-Road World’’