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|Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008|
Hearse for Sale
When I bought my hearse, I ran into another hearse owner by accident (I passed him on the road, I did not hit him lol). I gave him my information and today he emailed me. He is selling his hearse on EBAY! The man that drove it was a retired man that used it for tailgating. He bought it for his son as a graduation gift and his son did not want it. So he kept it and completely redid it. It is the most beautiful car I have ever seen! The interior is set with rear seating, at least 4 flat panel TVs, DVD, XBox hook ups (not sure if the Xbox is included), a custom painted wooden floor board, full stereo and more! Not to mention the Sparkling Green paint and Brand new vinyl top!
|Thursday, July 24th, 2008|
Does/Has anyone own a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood? Claudia is sick and I need to fix her badly! I was playing a CD the other day and when it got to a loud spot, the radio, and 2 other lights started to flicker. Before I could react the 2 lights and the CD player went out!
What two lights? My display for how much gas I have in the car, and the readout to the indoor and outdoor temp.
I have checked the fuses, and from what I can see, they are all in-tacked. My concern is I am driving blind. I do not know how much gas I have in the car, and I have already run out of gas twice. And the CD player is just dead and I cannot get my CD out.
Is it an electrical short? Do I have to rip the entire dash apart to figure out what is wrong? Or am I looking at the wrong fuse? Please help! It is very hot out and I work night shift. I do not want to be stuck somewhere in the dark or in the middle of the day in the heat. Nashville is a VERY dangerous place (seriously).
|Thursday, May 29th, 2008|
Hearse Con 08 Review
I guess no one else is going to post this, so I will. Hearse Con 08 was AWESOME! I have never had so much fun in 3 days ever! Seriously guys, if you get a chance to go to Hearse Con next year in Denver, I really recommend you do it! Here are the news interviews that aired in Denver. I am the dork with the blow up dolls. LOL. Enjoy!
I will be uploading photo to my myspace. Anyone interested in checking them out, add me as a friend. Here is a link to my myspace account: http://www.myspace.com/382280455
|Sunday, April 27th, 2008|
help! I am stuck...literally
As you guys have heard, I am going to Denver for Hearse Con in a week. I have everything ready to go with my gas money set aside (grumble), and it looks like it is smooth sailing from hear on out. Except for one thing....
I am sleeping in the back of my car. That would be no biggie, except that there are NO DOOR KNOBS in the back. Which means if I close all the doors, I am stuck inside!
Does anyone know a way to rig the latch on either the back or side doors of the hearse so I do not become a premature corpse on my trip? I looked into auto door holders, but with time cracking down, and the only store in town sleeping them for around $70-$80, I am looking for a quick alternative or cheaper auto door openers.
Thanks for the advice in advance!
|Friday, April 4th, 2008|
video Camera Question
I am going to Hearse Con 2008 and I want to purchase a Video Camera for the trip. There are so many of them though that I have no idea what kind I should get.
Here are the Prerequisites that I have:
1) MUST be Mac compatible. Some cameras let you plug directly into the computer, sadly some of them are not compatible with Macs, Mac Pro w/ Intel Core, or iMovie. I need it to work with all 3.
2) Recording time: I would prefer a Hard Drive camera, but I am not sure how I feel about a complete digital system, if one things fails, it ALL fails. I want to record A LOT without having to changes disks, tapes, etc every 30 min.
3) Night shots. I have been reading reviews for many cameras and it seems that the darker the scenery the shittier the image gets. I am a night person and I am sure there will be crazy night things going on at Hearse Con, I want to be able to tape it.
4) PRICE. I need it around $300 or less (I can go $400 but really do not want to).
Brands are not an issue to me. They are all money grubbing corporations that mass produce these things in a factory in some 3rd world country. So Brand is not an issue at all.
|Thursday, February 15th, 2007|
Our 1959 Cadillac MM 3 Way Hearse
Bryan and I were given a hearse for our birthdays (which are both this month) by some very good friends of ours.
He is definitely a project hearse, but we have hopes of one day having him as close to his original form as possible.
We have 6 other hearses, but they are all in the 70’s era.
We don’t know much about the ‘59’s, and I am not even real sure where to look online for pictures or information about him.
Do any of you have any advice you would be willing to share? Any online links for pictures or information; or any suggestions as to which books I need to buy would be greatly appreciated.
Some photos can be seen here:http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p166/coffinitup/Our%2059%20MM%20Cadillac%203%20Way/
Thank you for any help you might be able to provide.
(cross-posted to 2 other LJ hearse communities) Current Mood: productive
|Monday, March 27th, 2006|
My '57 Caddy Hearse
New here.... first post.
We just bought this one. All she needs is a sanding of the surface rust (no body damage), a paint job, a brake line and one window.
Can't wait to get this one up and running!!! --- most likely by the end of May.( more picsCollapse )
|Friday, March 24th, 2006|
hey all... any of yous. in the toronto area...?
im looking to start a new project car ...and im looking for a hearse...
and im also new to this erea...
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2005|
Can anyone recommend a good body shop in the Portland,Oregon metro area?
I've taken my caddy to a few places but the most common reaction I get is the car is too big to fit into the average paint booth.
She got pretty banged up a few weeks ago and I'd like to get her repaired as soon as possible.
Since she's my only running car, this is the damage I have to drive around with.
Not pretty, indeed.
Any info would be vastly appreciated.
|Thursday, December 8th, 2005|
|Tuesday, August 30th, 2005|
Okay, all you eBay folks out there. My husband is selling a bunch of random stuff. And the starting price is ONE DOLLAR on everything. LOL We're talking geek stuff, comic stuff, hearse stuff, etc. If you're interested in checking any of it out, go here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZtheletterer
See the wide variety of his weird addcitions over the years! *snort* (Gee, I feel like a sideshow carnival barker... LOL)
If you're not interested, then sorry to bother you! :)
|Wednesday, August 10th, 2005|
Hello! Just joined so I thought I'd say hello & post a couple of pics of my baby. Her name is Slumber & she's a 1991 Cadillac S&S.
Dark day everyone!( This way to pics...Collapse )
|Thursday, June 23rd, 2005|
I was wondering if any other hearse owners out there have trouble with vandalism and/or neighbour complaints about your vehicle?
|Friday, May 20th, 2005|
This is our girly: http://hearse.fotopic.net/c543954.html
We just got her towed home finally after over 5 months of sitting in storage! She was a wedding present from a dear friend. Needs a lot of work, but that's half the fun!
|Wednesday, April 13th, 2005|
Hello I'm new to this community as well as new to being a hearse owner. Here's a picture of my new addition. ( Picture under cutCollapse )
Oh yeah interesting side note. There's nothing like checking out your new car, only to find someone's cremation receipts under the seat. The sad part is that one of the sets of copies says that they are suppose to go to the family. I've been thinking about trying to get in contact with them to see if they would like them. Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, April 8th, 2005|
My pride, joy, and mode of transportation.
|Thursday, April 7th, 2005|
To our new members.
Things have been slow here in terms of posting right now, but I do hope that will change soon.
If any one has any ideas on topics or hearse related things of interest please feel free to post.
I hope that in the next few days that I will be able to start
advertising the group.
Hi all. I am the proud owner of a 1974 S&S Victoria in Chicago IL, and I found this group via sausagetree
(or as Chicagoans might say, sassichtree), who posted in bleakpersuasion
. I hope this community is as successful as that one.
|Thursday, March 3rd, 2005|
A Brief History of the Hearse
Professional Car History and Terminology
A professional car is loosely defined as a custom-bodied vehicle, based on passenger car styling, and used in the funeral, rescue or livery services. Such vehicles may be hearses, flower cars, service cars, ambulances, limousines, or cars which are special built to combine two or more of these different functions, such as combination hearse-ambulances, sedan ambulances or invalid coaches. These body styles are all hand built. The commercial chassis and the front and rear clips of these cars are the only thing they have in common with their factories of origin. The roof, glass, and doors are all manufactured by expert craftsmen. Next time you pass by a hearse or a limousine, study the design, and see the designers are able to maintain fluid proportions on such a long wheelbase. For many professional car enthusiasts, these vehicles are the epitome of automobile design. Gregg D. Merksamer, PCS Publicity Chair, prepared the following history of funeral coaches in the United States:
The carved style hearse includes horse-drawn and early motorized types, many of which were created by forward-thinking funeral directors (usually in urban areas, where a lack of passable roads was not a factor) who transferred the body of their horse-drawn hearses to an automobile or light truck chassis. At a time when skilled wood work was inexpensive, they featured ornately carved pillars, drapes and other funerary icons to denote their status as a special occasion vehicle. As with all cars at the start of this century, initial costs were high, reliability was questionable and noise levels were undignified - especially for a funeral; only large urban funeral homes could afford to lay out between $4,000 and $6,000 for the first auto hearses available commercially (introduced by Crane & Breed of Cincinnati, Ohio, one of America's premier builders of horsedrawn hearses, on June 15, 1909, with long established coachbuilder Cunningham of Rochester, NY.) Sayers & Scovill of Cincinnati, Ohio didn't follow suit into building motor hearses as quickly as did Cunningham. but Cunningham was first on the market with a commercially produced motor ambulance, which appeared at about the same time as did Crane & Breed's first motor hearse.) at a time when a quality horsedrawn version could be bought for around $1,500
By the early 1920s the automobile had found more acceptance in the funeral procession and metal was well on its way to replacing wood as the most popular body building material; hence the styling of hearses evolved to match other automobiles of the day and the limousine style hearse, featuring windows down the entire side of the vehicle, became the most popular type, mainly it was largely a matter of versatility. Meteor's model T was an instant success in sales when it was introduced in 1915, largely because it could be used for more than just work as a hearse in processions. Also, hearse styles ran cycles of 10 to 15 years up thru the second world war, and the cycle was ripe for something new and different. In the latter half of the 1920s the Henney and Eureka companies introduced the first 3-way hearses, featuring a casket table that moved along a Y-shaped track to emerge from either the side or rear of the coach; this curb-loading feature, If anything, raised the loading height of a hearse, because of the necessary space displaced by the side loading mechanism. Curbside loading caught on because it was a courtesy that people noticed for safety and neatness reasons and kept the pallbearers from stepping into a street that was still most likely unpaved and muddy. It was also at this time that coachbuilder-assembled chassis incorporating mechanical components sourced from various suppliers to the auto industry at large (i.e., Continental engines, Borg-Warner transmissions, Timkin bearings and Eaton gears) were superseded by long-wheelbase commercial chassis supplied complete by LaSalle, Cadillac, Packard and Buick. The first chassis designed and built especially for use as a hearse or ambulance was introduced by Meteor in either '13 or '14, and sold to different coachbuilders. It was an assembled chassis in its own right, but it preceded all other commercial hearse chassis. For that matter, the last assembled chassis in hearses was the '54 Packard commercial chassis, which was shipped in pieces to Henney in Freeport, beginning after the agreement in late '37, and assembled at the Henney plant in Freeport.
By the end of the 1920s there was little to visually distinguish the average hearse from the limousines carrying the mourners in the funeral procession, so in 1929 Sayers & Scovill added a new element of stage presence and distinction back by re-introducing the industry's first carved panel or "Art Carved" hearse. This "Signed Sculpture" was another effort in the styling cycle, as somebuilders never stopped building carved hearses, such as Cunningham. If anything,the Signed Sculpture could be credited with leading the way toward the carved panel hearses of the mid-'30's. Also, while some builders went to stamped aluminum panels for carved hearses, some didn't, and special jobs often still featured hand carved panels because of the cost of making dies for a one-off job. The things that killed the carved hearse were its lack of versatility and the high maintenance required, such as the extra work in detailing the car after it was washed or waxed. Also, its dated look didn't help. It was no wonder the landau displaced the carved hearse after the war, but that trend started before the war.
For the 1938 model year Sayers & Scovill introduced the industry's first landau or victoria-style hearse, featuring a heavily-padded leather or vinyl roof with a blind quarter panel decorated by S-shaped irons inspired by those used to lower the tops on horsedrawn victorias in the 19th Century. In response to the gradual disappearance of open touring cars and phaetons that previously ferried flowers in the funeral procession, the industry's first purpose-built flower cars had appeared by 1940. Some confuse these as Cadillac or Packard pickup trucks, but an early flower car resembled a 2 or 3 passengercoupe or convertible coupe with a long deck of specialized design. Also, the Eastern style flower car often had a fixed deck and it was the tray within the perimeter of the deck that raised and lowered, sometimes hydraulically, and other times manually, depending on the builder and optional offerings. Flower cars were offered in two general configurations; a Western or "Chicago"-style flower car with an open flower trough and an Eastern-style flower car featuring a fixed deck, as do all newer Eagle flower cars, and it was the tray within the perimeter of the deck that raised and lowered, sometimes hydraulically, and other times manually, depending on the builder and optional offering. If desired, it could be raised flat to allow a casket to be loaded into a compartment underneath using through a hearse-style door at the rear of the vehicle.
Moving on to the hardware inside the hearse, one finds that the sort of facilities enjoyed by the deceased on his or her last ride hardly differs from one coachbuilder's car to another, let alone any funeral coach produced in the last half century. To simplify loading virtually every hearse has eight to ten cylindrical rubber casket rollers mounted horizontally in the vehicle's rear door threshold and carpeted or Formica-surfaced rear floor. Once inside one will see skid Strips. They prevent the hearse floor from getting marred during loading of a casket. Then you will see a pair of clamps called bier pins. These pins are slid into bier pin plates that run a line of holes down the center of the casket compartment; the rear pin has an adjustment wheel that pushes the rubber face pads of the front and rear bier pins against the ends of the casket. To reduce the chance of casket movement in an accident, today's funeral coach builders use swivel-proof hexagonal mounting holes instead of round ones. Before the arrival of the adjustable bier pin, the only adjustment was a hex design pin by Superior that had an offset, or eccentric, pin base so there was a way to take up some slack when setting the pin after loading a casket. In the end, Hexagonal mounting holes don't really do anything to help hold a casket securely, if the pins are set properly and the casket is loaded with a modicum of care .
Both landau and limousine-style hearses generally come with curtains partially covering the casket compartment windows. But different drape styles didn't seem to be restricted to one particular type of coach, as many combinations had formal drapes, while many 3 ways had airliner drapes. The difference in drapes are: Formal style drapes are usually made from a heavy velvet material and are hung in a manner where the cloth is drawn back in the middle of the span to form concentric arches or radiuses in the fabric. Airline style drapes, which began appearing in the mid-1950's as airplane travel became commonplace, hang straight down from between its attachments at the top and bottom of the casket compartment windows and usually use a lightly-colored woven material for a more modern-looking appearance.
Combination coaches, which were very popular, gave a funeral director an affordable tool to operate the funeral home, while also serving his community with ambulance service. Funeral homes used to run the ambulance service for many years, because they were the only ones who had a vehicle long enough to carry someone in a recumbant position. Many times the funeral home offered the ambulance service for free, or next to nothing. Dispite common belief, funeral homes did not make money on ambulance runs. If anything, it was a good will gesture to the area he served. Combination coaches were also fitted with reversible casket rollers, folding attendants' seats and removable roof beacons (usually unbolted through a zippered headliner in the driver's compartment) and sirens.However, the features varied from one extreme to another, depending what the owner wanted
Combinations disappeared from general service in the late 1970s, when a downsized Cadillac commercial chassis appeared at the same time as changes in the Federal ambulance regulations governing minimum width, headroom and equipment levels. Even though they were typically the coachbuilder's cheapest model, the first-call or service car is usually the rarest because these served as the workhorses for the funeral home - making first calls at the place of death, carrying chairs or casket-lowering equipment to the cemetery - and were frequently treated as the most disposable vehicle in the fleet. Though a few service cars in the 1930s and 1940s were constructed on expensive Cadillac and Packard chassis, they usually resembled a basic panel truck or sedan delivery (many were in fact cut and stretched from Chevrolet, Pontiac and Ford sedan deliveries by low-cost firms down south like Memphian, Barnette or Economy Coach) with a stylized chrome wreath affixed to the windowless metal side panels. T Service cars disappeared when alternative vehicles became available, such as metal bodied station wagons, and earlier, sedan deliveries. Funeral homes still used service cars, but homebrewed them for the most part. For that matter, in the late '70's, station wagon conversion service cars were fairly popular, but were, and are, often confused with hearses because they were more of an entry level hearse conversion than an actual workhorse service car like in earlier times. This was one of the things that diluted any special look a landau hearse ever had. Superior offered a service car on Pontiac chassis into the late '60's.