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snailmont5oh
snailmont5oh HalfDork
3/6/17 11:01 a.m.
fasted58 wrote: Wouldn't these be more suited for towing and tool/ spares storage? Diesel too most likely. Less morbid too.

I figured that a hearse would be cheaper and more likely to be less rusted/beat. As far as morbidity goes, at least fewer people died in the hearse. And the hearse probably wouldn't require truck tags.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 PowerDork
3/6/17 11:05 a.m.

Always wanted to slam an early 70s caddie hearse body on a 4x4 frame with a winch in the stock bumper and 38s.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/6/17 11:19 a.m.

A friend drove an early '70s Caddy hearse in school as his daily. This was 25 years ago. It was bone-stock and he kept it that way.

It was cool and handy for moving and parties but, yes, the fuel economy was bad. It was also a bear to park as a hearse is longer than you'd think. If I remember correctly, it was longer than a Suburban.

Brian
Brian MegaDork
3/6/17 12:07 p.m.

An ambulance is great for space, but I recall the last time one was recommended for tow duties, it was shot down. The weight of the box leaves no room for towing capacity.

I'm getting nostalgic about my time with the local volunteer squad.

APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand Reader
3/6/17 12:22 p.m.
ValuePack wrote: Marry a funeral director. My permission slip was signed the day I met her.

It would make me nervous to be married to someone who has both the knowledge and the means to dispose of a body.

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
3/6/17 12:29 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: It was cool and handy for moving and parties but, yes, the fuel economy was bad. It was also a bear to park as a hearse is longer than you'd think. If I remember correctly, it was longer than a Suburban.

Absolutely they're longer than a Suburban. My '66 Pontiac was a "standard wheelbase" (not stretched) and it was every bit of 222" long, and a Suburban is only 224" long. A stretched wheelbase one would be significantly longer.

Madhatr
Madhatr Reader
3/6/17 1:01 p.m.
snailmont5oh wrote:
fasted58 wrote: Wouldn't these be more suited for towing and tool/ spares storage? Diesel too most likely. Less morbid too.
I figured that a hearse would be cheaper and more likely to be less rusted/beat. As far as morbidity goes, at least fewer people died *in* the hearse. And the hearse probably wouldn't require truck tags.

If you were going for an ambulance, go for a Type1 (truck chassis) more payload, and you would probably wanna gut the inside of the box and build fresh. Many ambulance services don't keep their trucks as clean as you think they would.

But I also second the hearse... wanted one since high school.

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Reader
3/6/17 5:58 p.m.

I used to roll in a hearse. An 85 Fleetwood Eureka Coach. It was awesome.

You will draw all kinds of attention and people are bastard-covered bastards with bastard filling.

You will be called a "Vampire" by idiots. You will be called a "goth" by idiots. You will be called a "devil worshipper." You will frequently find religious tracts stuck under your wipers. At some point someone will slash your tires or carve "Jesus loves you" into your paint.

What I'm saying is don't skimp on the comprehensive coverage, because you probably can't fit it in your garage.

vwfreek
vwfreek New Reader
3/6/17 6:33 p.m.

When I was 12, my two younger brothers and I pooled our money together and bought a 1972 Cadillac hearse for $100. Then we made our dad drive it home from Nebraska to Wisconsin. It averaged 13 mpg...not bad for a 472.

Hopsonn
Hopsonn New Reader
3/7/17 8:50 a.m.

In reply to snailmont5oh:

You should become an undertaker. Otherwise, I agree with your wife.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy Dork
3/7/17 8:56 a.m.

This 1996 has the desirable LT1 Engine (more power) and is OBDII.

Linky Dinky dooo

ValuePack
ValuePack SuperDork
3/7/17 8:56 a.m.
APEowner wrote:
ValuePack wrote: Marry a funeral director. My permission slip was signed the day I met her.
It would make me nervous to be married to someone who has both the knowledge and the means to dispose of a body.

One doesn't talk much sh*t to a girl with keys to the crematory, for sure.

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
3/7/17 11:11 a.m.

I will be in Albuquerque April 15 or so and don't mind driving home.

$2500.

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