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My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance
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Cartoon6pk
Posted 2019-10-06 7:27 PM (#588488)
Subject: My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance


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I a Funeral Director and have been looking for something like this for a long time. It’s very solid and in good condition other than the paint is not great. I’m looking forwarded to finding out as much as I can on this car. Thank you.
Wish I could figure out how to add pictures.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-10-06 9:10 PM (#588491 - in reply to #588488)
Subject: RE: My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance



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Cartoon6pk - 2019-10-06 4:27 PM
Wish I could figure out how to add pictures.


Welcome to the forum.

Regarding posting photos, two things:

1. No jpegs from Apple iPhones. Has to be .jpg (no "e")
2. Must be sized to be < 250 kB. 1024 x 768 works.

For more details, read this:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=64340&...

You will want to start your own new thread in the Members Rides sub-forum:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/forum-view.asp?fid=28

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Lancer Mike
Posted 2019-10-06 10:19 PM (#588495 - in reply to #588491)
Subject: RE: My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance



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Welcome to the forums!  Can't wait to see the images!

 

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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-10-06 10:20 PM (#588496 - in reply to #588488)
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I've had great luck using shrinkpictures.com to resize my photos for posting
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-10-06 10:21 PM (#588497 - in reply to #588491)
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What model is it built on ?
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ABloch
Posted 2019-10-07 12:36 AM (#588499 - in reply to #588488)
Subject: RE: My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance



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My guess.



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Powerflite
Posted 2019-10-07 7:25 PM (#588533 - in reply to #588488)
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Yeah, these are usually made from Firesweeps.
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58 DESOTOS RULE
Posted 2019-10-08 10:43 PM (#588597 - in reply to #588488)
Subject: RE: My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance



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If you go to the National DeSoto Club forum/group on Facebook, there are some more shots of this fine ambulance/herse combination. I attach a few here for the faithful as well. I don't know where it's been hidng for the last 60 years, but it seems to have been well cared for.





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56D500boy
Posted 2019-10-08 11:14 PM (#588599 - in reply to #588533)
Subject: Re: My new to me 58 Desoto Hearse/Ambulance



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Powerflite - 2019-10-07 4:25 PM

Yeah, these are usually made from Firesweeps.


Apparently you are correct.

Is that because all the 57-59 Wagons were based on the same 122" Dodge chassis regardless of Plymouth, Dodge, Desoto or Chrysler and since the Firesweeps were based on the Dodge chassis, it was a no brainer to work from a 58 Desoto Firesweep wagon to make this ambulance/hearse ??

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http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/b/barnette/barnette.htm







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Powerflite
Posted 2019-10-09 1:56 AM (#588605 - in reply to #588488)
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I think it was just because they were cheaper than the full sized versions.
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NicksGarage
Posted 2019-10-09 11:37 AM (#588614 - in reply to #588488)
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Note that this was built from a sedan and not a wagon. You can see that the fins are the sedan fins that continue into the doors.

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56D500boy
Posted 2019-10-09 11:55 AM (#588615 - in reply to #588614)
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NicksGarage - 2019-10-09 8:37 AM

Note that this was built from a sedan and not a wagon. You can see that the fins are the sedan fins that continue into the doors.


Hmm...Good catch. I was looking at the "C" pillar and noticed that it wasn't a wagon "C" pillar.

*BUT* now that you've pointed out the fin extension, it seems like the hearse's goes almost the front door, like a Fireflite's, longer than the extension of the Firesweep. If we knew the wheelbase, we would know what they started with.



Edited by 56D500boy 2019-10-09 11:59 AM
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