View Full Version : Superior Ambulance Console Face Plate

Kurt Arends
12-28-2014, 04:42 PM
I am looking for a stock face plate for a '70s Superior ambulance, as pictured. I know that several different configurations were available and I would be interested in any of them that have not been hacked, as this one has been. I do not need the box, just the face plate.

Denny Shira
12-29-2014, 12:45 AM
Any good tin knocker should be able to make you a replacement using the old one as a pattern. Then just paint it or cover it with vinyl and you will be all set. Did that more than once in the old days.

Kurt Arends
12-29-2014, 11:54 AM
I could also cut this face plate to accomodate a Federal Interceptor, but I just wanted to check first to see if anyone had a factory original face plate that they would be willing to part with.

Jim Staruk
12-29-2014, 01:59 PM
I've got this extra one if anyone can use it

Kurt Arends
12-29-2014, 03:22 PM
I will take it! Let me know how much.

Kurt Arends
01-08-2015, 07:09 PM
I've got this extra one if anyone can use it

The console arrived today from Jim! Thank you VERY much Jim!!

Kurt Arends
01-09-2015, 04:58 PM
I have not seen this console face before. Was this a common console configuration for Superior in the '70s? All of the metal Superior consoles that I have seen in the past have had the smaller, more vertical, face plate.

John ED Renstrom
01-09-2015, 08:57 PM
looks like one out of a car with buckets

Chris Elzie
01-09-2015, 09:41 PM
I'm pretty sure this is the one out of the 73 Mr. Jim bought from me. It's was a very loaded car but no bucket seats. The middle three holes had a green, clear, and red light that was controlled in the back compartment to signal the driver. The other middle hole was an oil gauge or amp gauge I can't remember. The top I assume was for an electronic siren, that was not in the ambulance when I bought it.

Kurt Arends
01-12-2015, 07:24 PM
So what exactly did the 3 colored lights on this console indicate?? It does fit easily in my bench seat Superior. I love it!

Bruce Biancalana
01-12-2015, 09:51 PM
The lights are called Annunciator Lights. They are used for silent communication between the attendant and the driver. For example, green= stable, yellow= uncertain, and red= critical. That being said various command personnel developed policies made to dictate the actual meaning of the lights and tailored the meaning to their liking. The colored jewel lights are controlled by separate switches in the patient compartment.

John ED Renstrom
01-12-2015, 09:55 PM
the lights are the statis lights, trip in back by the rear attendant. they would mean whatever the driver and attendant wanted them to, but normally green good, yellow problems and red give it hell. what I'm looking at for fillers in those holes, bottom to top. mechanical cole-Hersee switch, amp meter gage, status lights and top would be the federal electronic siren. we dubbed Bruce

Paul Steinberg
01-12-2015, 10:04 PM
If you get the correct Cole Hersee switch, it will have light terminals on the backside that can also hook up to jewel lamps, which will illuminate depending on which battery is selected on the switch. Right battery, Left battery, or both batteries. The part number is M750

Jim Staruk
01-13-2015, 10:15 AM
So what exactly did the 3 colored lights on this console indicate?? It does fit easily in my bench seat Superior. I love it!

Green: Everything's OK back here
Yellow: Get to hospital as quickly as possible but without using the siren
Red: Get to the hospital as fast as you can!

would be my guess

Paul Steinberg
01-13-2015, 10:25 AM
Green off... red and yellow on....... stop and get back here.. I need help with the baby delivery!!!

Wayne Krakowski
01-13-2015, 11:12 AM
All 3 lit,"toss me around the back once more and I am coming through the divider to throttle you"

John ED Renstrom
01-13-2015, 12:29 PM
red & green would be we are holding together with duct tape back here

James Fischer
01-13-2015, 01:30 PM
In the years I worked both in the back and as a driver I can honestly say that I dont think the lights were used much at all,it was a lot faster to say (or yell) what your wishes or intentions were !:rolleyes:

Kurt Arends
01-22-2015, 07:17 PM
I received The console from Jim a few days ago and I have already got it loaded up! What do you think? Look correct?

Steve Tarbert
05-18-2015, 01:15 PM
The 3 lights were used as a "silent" signal system between the patient compt and the driver. There were different meanings depending on the agency using it. At our company, Red meant upgrade to emergency status, yellow meant look in rear view mirror, green meant need help in back. There were nice to have if a family member was riding and you didn't want them to panic.