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It is not often when best friends stay that way for 40 years. My friend and owner of Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade, has been part of how I got involved with cares and just finished a 3 year build on a very rare 1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination coach.
Bill Ade grew up around a dragster family, his father helped race and set up some of the first race cars in the Edmonton, Alberta area, along with Sitko family who are still racing in Edmonton with their nostalgia nitro car and I helping on a nostalgia car called White Trash.
I myself am a big Halloween nut and have been doing a haunted house for many years and our original hearse was a made up 2007 HHR with landau bars on it. We purchased our first hearse, a Blue 1991 Cadillac Brougham.
We had found a local hearse club and joined in going to car shows. One of our hearse friends posted about this teal green 1956 hearse for sale on Kijiji. It was posted on Wednesday and on Friday I went 4 hours south of Edmonton to a town called High River, Alberta and bought the car for $11,000.00 Canadian funds and we drove it home.
Editors Note: Some information about the exterior finish.
The outside of the coach has not been touched since the eighties when it was last repainted … any other 1956 does not exist , other than the stock wiper conveyor to move those every wire has been replaced
The coach had been gutted of all of its original funeral items and made to be more of a limo. It had a badly installed 350 with an R-4 tranny. I drove it for about 2 years until the tranny went so it was due for a remodel. Bill had the garage to do it in and decided to take in the task of Project Nightmare, as it was nicknamed.
The first task was choosing a power plant; the LS3 was a popular, modern motor that was being used in may restoration mods. Bill knew these motors and their capabilities; we want to go forward with this build as I wanted east to replace parts off the GM shelf and all the hearse stuff had been removed previously so it was a new build.
Interested in Restorations? Check out my article, titled; Restoration.
Next were handling, steering and brakes.
Morrison IFS Mustang II modified to fit Cadillac Escalade rims. All on air ride tech shockwaves designed for diesel trucks as the original weight of the car was a lot of pounds.
Everything other than the sheet metals and windows was ripped out of the car.
In that process we found original interior pieces that were blue for the roof of the car. It was an original teal color car, although it is unknown if it was a tri-color coach like the advertisement for these coaches.
These cars are custom from the factory, they went from Cadillac to the Miller-Meteor car company in Piqua, Ohio to build the hearse or ambulance component. The car was basically twice the size of an average build so everything was custom made.
The drive line was mocked into the car after the Morrison IFS chassis was installed.
The power plant came from a 2010 Silverado that was recently rebuilt, we found it was the 6.0/6.3L model, so we bought a Camaro intake and a better camshaft and made our own LS2/LS3 hybrid.
One of the major challenges was the transmission set up, getting it to speak the same language as they were a few years apart and many forums were saying it can be done. Finding the right guy to speak to about the computer issues was key, finding the right tuner to speak to the LS motors was ultra-important.
I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the car and my friend were 12 hours away in Chilliwack, British Columbia, so helping him was every 2 months for a week or whenever I could catch an air miles flight for a weekend to help with the car, or any help he needed in his garage.
I knew I could never repay him for his work and dedication to Nightmare the hearse project is his stamp on the Hotrod world. Not only is this hearse a one of a kind, it rivals the Thunder Taker, because it was not built by a team of guys, it was built by one guy, Bill Ade of Dutchman Customs.
Andrew, Steve, Jimmy the Finger, Kracker, Ashley, Avery and Melissa and many others all contributed to making this possible.
They say drag race families are the best around, Bill Ade is one of the special people, through many ups and downs he stayed dedicated to seeing this build on the big teal green Frankenstein aka Frankie as we call it. It has truly come true to its name as it is a car of many makers, parts from all sorts of things and a mad scientist at Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade.
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