2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)


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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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1965 Cadillac Combo (Hearse/Ambulance) by Superior Coaches

This combo is just getting started in it’s journey to a new life, but, oh, what a story it has already had. We will follow the journey as they go throughout the year and hopefully, by next Halloween, it will be ready for a new feature article. So, sit back and enjoy learning about this former “Razorbacker” and see where they plan on taking it in the future.
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What type of vehicle?
1965 Cadillac Combo (Hearse/Ambulance) by Superior Coaches
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
It was bought from service in Tennessee by  Joe & Edith Reed of Conway, AR in the 1970’s to be used to travel to every Arkansas Razorback game. They no longer own it, they sold it in 1998.
When was it purchased?
I purchased it in October of 2017.
How much was it purchased for?
$3500.00
Was this a father/son, Daughter project?
No
Why this vehicle?
It is one of 3 hearses/coaches I own – the others being a 1998 Cadillac and a 1987 Cadillac both by Superior Coaches.
I’ve always wanted a hearse. They’re beautiful, unique, and versatile vehicles. They’re made to order, so no two are alike.
My favorite thing about the mid 60’s Superior made coaches, is the roof line. It gives them such a sexy silhouette.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.
I’m no mechanic, but cars are in my DNA.
I was raised in a junkyard and spent summers and weekends at racetracks. My grandpa and step-dad were tow truck drivers, and I was babysat at the junkyard. I learned to read by reading license plates and badges on cars.
Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
I’ve only had the car for about 2 weeks. So far we know it needs some carburetor work, and some wiring (the headlights work when they feel like it).
She runs, but she is not exactly street ready. It once had a spare tire mounted on the rear door, which the door isn’t set up to support, so the hinges are sprung and the latch is broke.
It needs paint, a windshield, and quarter window.
What have you done to it so far?
Nothing yet, still in the planning stages. Still mapping things out, figuring out what all we need to do to get her back on the road.
Any help you have gotten? 
My boyfriend, Paul, and our friend Ian at Oak Valley Customs has been helpful with advice and is going to help here soon with getting her going.
Also the myriad of hearse clubs & Facebook groups that have been helpful in sourcing parts.
The car has quite a history. Like I said it was purchased from service in Tennessee, and brought to AR to be used to travel to Razorback games. It was originally black (according to the handwritten TN title included in the paperwork I was given when I bought it), and was painted red & white and lettered in the 70’s.  It was then called “The Razorbacker,” and was featured in a 1979 issue of Southern Living magazine, as well as other local publications. (I’m told, although I only have the copy of SL, not the other publications.)
The rear compartment was customized to seat 6 with a bench seat and fold down seats. The rollers and casket/gurney bed was removed and red shag carpet was installed.
The car has sliding glass dividers that separate the cab from the rear – between this divider and the bench seat, beer coolers were installed.
Mrs Reed hand sewed the curtains that are still in the rear. They installed a PA system, and several novelty horns as well.
The documentation I have with it says that a man named Richard Nicholson bought the car in 1998 and was trying to get it registered/recognized as a state historical object. What I gathered from the paperwork, it wasn’t old enough at the time. I’m not sure why he sold it, he seemed pretty determined to do something with it as late as 2013. The guy I bought it from didn’t seem to know much about the car aside from the paperwork, and had just bought it on a whim, then discovered they aren’t cheap vehicles to restore.
I don’t plan to restore it back to The Razorbacker, but I think I am going to keep it red (maybe red & white), get the upholstery redone, get her running again – hopefully next year in time for Hearsefest in Hell, MI.



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1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination

I generally take the information given and fashion it into a pleasing article all can enjoy. However, this particular article was written by the owner and carried itself as such a well done piece, in and of itself, I decided to just go through, correct minor grammar and punctuation and let it roll.


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1472018_10153462354440506_814941106_nIt 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 994018_10153308766385506_578336658_nfriends 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.


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Next were handling, steering and brakes.

12525393_10156457517235506_4644480465458753588_oMorrison 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 15350640_10157886402055506_2233250092874545458_nlanguage 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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1990 Chevrolet Custom Caprice Hearse – Eureka End-Loader


Generally, when we think of a Hearse, we think Cadillac or Lincoln, right? Well, what about a Chevy Caprice?

Here is the story of a Caprice Hearse and its trip from South Carolina to Southern California.


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What type of vehicle?

18447448_10154745726158031_1995452416580340346_n1990 Chevrolet Custom Caprice Hearse – Eureka End-Loader

Info about the vehicle prior to starting it.

This Black Beauty Is Originally From South Carolina And Was Bought 12 Years Ago As A Newly Out-Of-Service Hearse.

It was shipped to my home on an open transport trailer – the driver had some issues!

The driver told me he was kicked out of parking lots at various restaurants along the way as people didn’t want any part of it of the hearse.

Its Been Haunting Southern California Ever Since.1044913_10201479674656792_1597813874_n

All In All, This Is A Superb Ride And Will Be A Thrill For Any Owner… Living Or Dead!
It’s a gorgeous car, and it should be, after an investment of $15,000 over the years.  It turns heads wherever I go, men think it’s cool, but their wives are horrified. Sounding like a hot rod, the hearse is fast as one and it passes everything up but a gas station. I put the ‘fun’ into funeral.

I am the weirdo 11 months of the year and the cool person during the month of October,” Aguilar said of her car. “I was never afraid to stand out; I was always afraid to be the same as everyone else. Diversity has its strengths.

What have you done to it so far?

hearse pics 027The Interior Was Gutted And Transformed Into A Custom “Gothic Wagon/Limo” That Seats 7 Easily. Its Been Antennae Frenched With A Coffin-Like Design

Two Sets Of Black Leather Lincoln Navigator Seats, With The 3rd Custom Built

Door Panels Are Black Leather And The Rest Of The Interior And Headliner In Crushed Blue Velour

All New Carpet And All Seats Secured With Reinforced Steel And New Seatbelts

New Linez Top Applied And A Matt-Finish Paint Job.

Totally Rust Free And As Solid As A Granite Headstone!

Custom Bumpers Tweeked 3″ Aside With Rear Cutouts For The Custom Exhausthearse pics 013

1000’s Of Dollars Of Custom Billet Items Including: Steering Wheel, Front Grill w/Skull Insert, Window Cranks, Rear-View Mirror, Brake And Gas Pedals, Cig Lighter And All Dash Buttons. And Of Course, The Custom DeathHead Hood Ornament

New Brake Pads, Shocks, Rocker Arms, Ball Joints, Resurfaced Rotors, And Recently Aligned

New Low Profile Tires On Custom 20″ Chrome

AM/FM Eclipse CD Player, Front/Rear 5 1/4″ Compact Speakers With Flame-Shaped Grills,

Twin 12″ Sub-Woofers With Custom Built Floorboard Box

Cathedral Like Interior Makes For Outstanding Acoustics, With Enough Power To Wake The Dead!

350 Cu. In. engine Is Original to The Car And Moves Like A Bat Outta Hell !!

 


 

 

 

 

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1991 Cadillac Hearse – It’s not his, it’s all Hearse!

What happens when a mom wants a daily driver that is more than typical, something other than normal?
Keep reading below to find out!

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22449427_10209801992999105_304927959_oWhat type of vehicle?
1991 Cadillac (Federal conversion)
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
Layne Funeral Home. They used it as a funeral coach for several years, then as a first call vehicle. Eventually they sold her to Todd Patton of Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern. My son bought her from Todd and gave her to me!
When was it purchased?
2 years ago last month
How much was it purchased for?
Since my son bought her, I’m not sure.
Was this a father /son, Daughter project? 22447524_10209804543222859_1902210505_n
It’s kind of a family effort, husband and son. I’m pretty much just the driver.
Why this vehicle?
I had always wanted a hearse, stemming back to when I was a young child. I remember seeing funerals going down the road, all the other cars would pull to the side and wait for the stately, shiny and graceful hearse to glide by.. I knew I wanted one then… but only mentioned it once. My parents did not approve. At all.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.
I’m just a mom, but I’m a goth mom. We are far cooler than regular moms!
A hearse as my personal vehicle was on my bucket list, and my son made it happen for me.
My husband looked for a hearse, but he was far too particular about it. He wanted a certain year model…. I would find one for sale and he would immediately nix the idea.
Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
She was bought as a running, drive-able car.
She still looks as if she could go back into service at a moments notice. We haven’t done much to her yet, new air cleaner, new tires. Put an under body light kit on her, sound system, new battery. Just been driving and enjoying her.
Future plans include new wheels and possibly an air ride system. Also I would like to Replace the vinyl top with line -X for its durability.
16806911_10207994280327418_962627902987718543_nWhat have you done to it so far? 
Not much yet. Like I said I’m driving and enjoying her. She is my daily driver, and also advertisement for the local professional haunted attraction I work at, Gates of Misery in Rome, Georgia.

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