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Old Hearses / HAMB Friendly or not?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by OldColt, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. studebaker eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,511

    studebaker eric
    from Diablo Ca.

    Traditional, maybe not as a rod, but they had other uses. In the early 60's, my great grandfather had a couple Hearses, 51 and 53 Caddies, he used to haul horse feed from San Jose to Bay Meadows, and some Moonshine I just discovered. My Great Uncle used one to haul his surfboard to Santa Cruz, and also for the Family Camping trips. , One was painted white, the other was purple.
  2. Dexter The Dog
    Joined: Jun 27, 2009
    Posts: 195

    Dexter The Dog

    A personal fav!!!

    Note: It is a '72 with '59 wingies...

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  3. garcoal
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 277


    everyone gets all freaky about a hearse. no one ever took there last breath in one, a hearse shows up when all the drama is done. now on the other hand nobody seems creeped out by a ambulance where people regulary suffer and pass away. your last ride in a hearse is a dignified and quiet ride. hearses get a bad rap. my father inlaw is a undertaker, and he is always wondering when I will get one. my nieces and nephews want me took get a short bus. guys at work think I need a tractor. father inlaw wants me to get a hearse. but it has to be black and a caddy. looks like I need to inherit some cash
  4. chrisntx
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,791

    from Texas .

    The thing is: Ramblers were never used for traditional hot rods. I was there in the 50s and I was paying attention to the hotrods. I remember the guys who bought Ramblers. Dull Stodgy old men
  5. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,212


    I think that Sadd, Teague, and Bentley used a hearse as a push truck for their roadster when they drag raced it, with a fuel Chev...
  6. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 19,713


    My dad's CC used a 38 Buick Hearse for a push car back in the day. It would hold a lot of tools and the rollers were handy for loading and unloading gear. It was very ornate and had the full on custom curtains etc in the side viewing windows. I wish he would have kept it.
  7. GeezersP15
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 537

    from N.E. PA

    Whether you 're into them now or not, eventually most all of us will get into one.:eek:
  8. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,353

    from Soquel, CA

    I hear they are very roomy, but most who've ridden aren't talking. Parking is a bit tough though... :D
  9. rtomss
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 241


    Good or bad....its the last vehicle we ride in!

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  10. clubcoupe37
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 504


    I love old hearses. I wouldn't mind building this..awesome coachwork on these old hearses.

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  11. Yeah, that was kind of my point. :)
  12. SouthUrn
    Joined: Apr 15, 2011
    Posts: 4,610

    from US

    +1. Covered more than once here.

    Your own narrow viewpoint solely. There were several camper conversion companies that based products on commercial chassis vehicles once retired, for starters. Caddy Campers is arguably the most well known. HAMB's own renowned photographer Tom Davison used a '51 back in the '60s.


    Countless other rodders used them as tow vehicles as well, like this '41 in CT.


    Even more people have used them as daily drivers. Don't recall book offhand that came out in mid-'90s but there was a picture of Von Dutch himself seated in the back of his custom hearse "domicile". Would that not have been considered traditional? Heck here's a period St. Petersburg flower car repurposed.


    Truth is, it comes down to where one looks or what aspects of hobby one pays attention to. There have been some very nice kustoms based off hearses, ambulances, and combinations that are not morbid nor tacky.

    Poor humor attempt or ill informed. Take your pick.
  13. low-n-slo54
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    Didn't Big Daddy travel in a hearse? Just stay away from the morbid side of death.
  14. docmike
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
    Posts: 239


    I've always wondered what it would look like if you took a 50's/60's Caddy Hearse and chop the top back down to stock height or maybe an inch under stock and make it look like a factory stock Caddy wagon.

  15. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,320

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    This '72 Caddy is in my back yard. We were going to pull the 472 and scrap the rest, but nobody has had time to do that. We should just sell the whole thing if anybody is interested.

    The 22 second video is worth the entertainment even if you're not in the market for big cubes or a dead sled.

  16. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,665


    Not a Hearse--but I once had a 1964 Caddy Ambulance. I was on my way to work one day at about 5am and got pulled over by the po-pos. They thought I was using it to steal BICYCLES!

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