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  1. Surfing the internet discovered photos on Flickr of a 1942 civilian Packard ambulance that apparently was at a car show in California in 2012. The photo album is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dmentd1/albums/72157629909167707 Specifically, these two photos might be of interest: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dmentd1/7117706683/in/album-72157629909167707/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/dmentd1/6971627756/in/album-72157629909167707/
  2. If you noticed, I had said that was a photo taken as found, not as it exists today. My point was with the current, and in my opinion, overblown, importance placed on patina, barn finds, all originals, I could have done nothing to the ambulance, saved A LOT of money, displayed it as-is while bragging about the patina and its originality, and then just watched it continue to deteriorate. But hey, look at that patina, and its all original! And all the rotted wood body framing pieces that were on the floor whenever the car got moved were also all original.
  3. I think it looks awful. For starters, rust isn't shiny, so it looks wrong even for what its supposed to be. I completely fail to understand the desire to want your car to look like a junker. I personally think the patina, barn find, all original stuff has gotten way out of hand. To my eye, patina, barn find, all original only counts if its still presentable. If it looks like a wreck, then it needs to be restored. I'm attaching a photo of my 1942 Packard ambulance as found. I am currently almost six-figures into having it professionally restored. I suppose I should have ignored the rust
  4. I have a story that I was refraining from telling because I wanted to keep the thread clean, but since its deviated, I'll follow suit. I have a collection of vintage hearses and one of the most common and most annoying questions I get is "have you ever had sex in the back?" After finally hearing this one too many times, I figured that a stupid question deserves a stupid answer, and I replied with "That depends. Do you mean with living people?"
  5. I can think of several stories, but one that comes to mind right now involves my 1985 Packard-Bayliff. What's a Packard-Bayliff? There was a company during the 1980s called the Bayliff Coach Corporation that was customizing new GM products into his idea of what a modern Packard might have looked like. Anyway, my car started out as a Buick Riviera, and they turned it into a four-door car by stretching it behind the firewall and adding the front doors from a Cadillac Seville. Underneath all the customizations, the car retains its Buick VIN tag and is titled and licensed as a Buick.
  6. I wouldn't think that the car still being legal in 1938 is that hard to believe. That's only 20 years. My 1987 Lincoln Towncar is the newest car I own and is my daily driver. That's 31 years and still counting!
  7. I suppose some people choose to spend their money having kids, and some choose to spend their money on toys for themselves.
  8. Broadway is still in business as I looked into them as a possible solution to my title issue, but I decided not to go with them. Their own website has the disclaimer that they are no longer able to do titles for Alaska, Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Implies to me that some states think there's something fishy, and I also noticed that their website now lists them as having a Maine address. In any case, their fee was in the neighborhood of $1000, which I thought was just obscene.
  9. I am no expert on this subject, but I am currently dealing with my own title situation and can tell you what I've done. In my case, I bought a car in November where the out of state owner mailed me the title and bill of sale. What he didn't tell me was that the title was still in the name of the person that he had bought the car from, he signed the back as the new owner, but never put it through for transferring into his name. The result was there was no place for me to sign the title and my state wouldn't recognize it. An internet search brought this company to my attention http://www.tit
  10. I believe the company was Century Coach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They also did Oldsmobiles in this same manner. Something like ten years ago, one of the Oldsmobile versions appeared on a used car lot in the city of Elgin, Illinois, and I stopped and looked at it simply because the uniqueness attracted me, but I couldn't stomach the ugliness. Someone did buy it though, because for about a year afterwards, it was sitting in a residential driveway near Naperville, Illinois, but has since disappeared.
  11. Please let us know if the part works. I need the same thing for my 1977 Mercury, and have been looking without success trying to find a good one off a junkyard car. By the way, given the age of your car, Lincoln dealers are useless. I used to work on a friend's 1979 Mark V and tried my local Lincoln dealer at first as a parts source. The dealer told me that Lincoln trashed all their parts records from 1979 and earlier, meaning that the dealer can't even look up a part unless its from 1980 or newer.
  12. I think you were just a victim of a show run by jerks, nothing more than that. I have a collection of vintage hearses and I've encountered more than my fair share of car show jerks myself, ranging from your basic cold shoulder to outright being asked to leave. I don't think there was an objection to your camper, rather I think that anything out of the ordinary confuses some people to the point that jerk mode sets in. Personally, I love it when I come across a vintage camper or vintage boat behind a similar vintage tow vehicle, and it happens so infrequently that I doubt there's any need for
  13. I would suggest contacting Bruce Biancalana at cadambrus2@yahoo.com. Bruce lives near Rockford, Illinois and has a collection of 60s and 70s era Chicago Police Department cars. Bruce could also put you in touch with friends of his who have even more police cars. Among them is Dave Weaver, who I'm sure Bruce could put you in touch with. Dave has a superb Chicago Fire Department chief's car from the mid 1970s.
  14. I can look at Halloween cars any day of the year, just by walking out to my garage and seeing my collection of hearses. This is the only time of year I get invited anywhere, and I know its not me that they're inviting, its the car. But my hearses spend Halloween safely locked up inside. I don't need them sitting outside being targets for misguided ideas of "fun", especially after my Packard coach got egged one year.
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