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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 24, 2004 6:08 AM
Cool This fits "OTHER" in the community forum, are there any members of the Professional Car Society beside myself, which I suppose that the professional car would be a "truck/light commercial" forum. We would be surprised [:0] by the mix of interests of the forum members . . . Scale professional cars are very limited, there have been a few Sad produced, the Ecto1 can be re-worked in to good combination, and with some real effort a good landau end loader; I have seen an 18th scale die cast funeral coach [:0] from Precision Minitures at the website.

Anyway let me know about PCS members, other kits - I know about the Johan cars - or is this a Dead subject Question

Big Smile Hot Rod "121"

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 24, 2004 6:51 AM
Whats the Professional Car Society??
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Posted by 70ELCAMINO on Friday, September 24, 2004 8:21 AM
I have rebuilt 4 versions of the ecto 1 so far and have 2 more different versions started. but i have yet to build one as the actual ecto1. that is the only kit currently available that i know of.

current projects 32 Ford,  72 Cheyenne pick-up, 69 corvair. Recently completed projects; Zinger Super Dune Buggy,Tijuana Taxi, Rommels Rod, Ford Phaeton rod, Royal Rail, Paddy Wagon, Quick Silver. 2011......... Dragon Wagon,59 El Camino,Black Widow, Dog Catcher, Ghost of General Lee Charger.


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 24, 2004 9:23 AM
Cool The Professional Car Society was formed about 28 years ago to promote the preservation and interest in professional service vehicles of funeral coaches, ambulances, limo's, and some taxi cabs, starting with horse drawn from the late 1800's through conversion to motor driven to the current year, the real McCoy Cowboy . A better understanding of these types of vehicles and their progress, is Walter M. P. McCall's "Illustrated History of the American Funeral Vehicles, 1883-2003" also the same title for "Ambulances"; there is also "Classic American Funeral Vehicles" and "Ambulances" by McCall & McPherson. I think these books are available at Members are not required to own a professional vehicle.

It seems like a very dark interest Dead, and some of the members are funeral professionals, but this society is about the professional cars, which some are truly works of art with glossy paint jobs and lots of chrome, some of the hearses have very lavish interiors especially the older cars like Cadillacs and the Packards, and excellent in their restoration, like the carved panel coaches, and the side service hearse. The combination cars hearse/ambulance and the formal ambulances are equally as nice.

So that's who the PCS is in thumbnail sketch. I thought there might be some fellow members in the Scale Auto Forum . . . As we like to build scale professional cars for the shelf, the problem is the limited selection there is, and to find the Johan Gold Cup 1/25th Series Hearse or ambulance is rare, as they had a short production, I saw two of each on ebay that would cost about $100-$125 for all 4 of them.

The Ecto1 is basically a '59 Miller-Meteor Cadillac "Limousine" style Ambulance, that was made over for the Ghostbusters movie. With some work it can be built into a combination hearse/ambulance, a "limousine' style hearse, or the more impressive "landau" style hearse. Some of the heases had dividers between the front seat and the casket table compartment, all of the amublances had the divider.

Among the well known professional car builders were Superior, M-M, Eureka, Flxible, Henny, and a host of lesser known companies, most of which were in Ohio. The cars most represented are Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Packard, the lesser cars were some Chrysler products, a few Ford's and Chevrolet's. But the cream of the crop were the Superior Caddies, Eureka Caddies, and the Henny-Packards, the last Henny-Packard's were build in 1954, and the last really nice Eureka's were built in 1964.

So there you have it the PCS . . . and my interst in funeral cars, so with sheet plastic and body putty, and cutting and stretching the chassis I can slowly add to the collection of cars. A real nice piece to work with would be the '62 Pontiac Catalina, a lot of work but I think worth it.

Back to my question, PCS members, and more PC kitsQuestion

Hot Rod "121"
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Posted by Slabbedask on Friday, September 24, 2004 10:02 AM
And how about some pictures of what you've already built...? I sure want to see them! As a sidenote, this site should be right up your alley. A bit far out perhaps, but I think it's cool!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 24, 2004 5:36 PM
Ashamed Sorry no pix as yet, need get this system squared away with the photog feature so I can project pix. I may have to submit to SAE for now Blush. So stay tuned Headphones until that is taken care of . . . No matter what we build it is still a great hobby Bow.

Hot Rod "121"
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  • From: Walton, KY
Posted by burysem on Friday, September 24, 2004 10:41 PM
Tom, you sound like my kind of modeler!! I've been working on the Ecto 1 from Polar lights to convert into an ambulance that has been converted to a hearse. It really doesn't take that much work to remove the traces of Ecto 1 from the kit, my only complaint is the tinted glass from the rear doors back.
I look forward to seeing photogs of your models.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 25, 2004 4:04 AM
Didn't AMT make a glue Ecto 1?
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 25, 2004 5:57 AM
CoolEcto1 - Polar Lights - AMT Question seems like the there has been a little Evil action! It looks like the same to me, I've been wrong before, I'm one of those guys who liked the Edsel, which is history Sad, that shows you what I know Big Smile but I did by the kit , I bought several Smile

Any way that's my POV.

POV = point of view Wink

Hot Rod "121"
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 25, 2004 7:21 AM
Aha!, I used to drive Ambulances when I was an Army paramedic (Funny that huh!!) then I got out and was a body snatcher (retrieved bodies from accidents for funeral homes) then took up driving a hearse.
I’ve been in many taxis and chased by many cop cars, can I join the club??Big SmileLaugh

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Posted by modelbuildngrandpa on Saturday, September 25, 2004 8:59 PM
Take the handles of the inside of the rear doors of those cop cars,none of the ones I was in had them.Smile,Wink, & Grin
Wheres my #$%^@# bailout??
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 26, 2004 5:53 AM
When I was an assistant funeral director and driver [:0] I never had anybody try to get out of the casket area of the coach and it has inside door handles Big Smile or complain about the ride Smile sometimes when talking with others at the funeral home (when appropriate) I would tell them that "I'll be the last one to let you down" Angel

FYI =PCS internet search for Professional Car Society, click on website, there will their home page with most of the information needed, membership, dues, history of PCS, and other links to them on the subject Shy

This not a membership drive type of a deal, just an FYI, hope you'll check it out, we PCS members take the preservation, history, and collecting of ProCars seriously and still have fun and enjoy the whole spectrum of the society, the same way I treat modeling to which there is a serious side and yet it is alot of fun Big Smile Bow Yeah!!

Hot Rod "121"


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