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Clay Sellick
10-25-2017, 01:36 PM
Hello everyone!
Today I thought I would share with you my new purchase and first pro car, a 1966 chrysler town and country Ambulance! I found the car in dunsnafnage PEI after 2 years of searching. I had an add on kijiji looking for a high top ambulance. A guy emailed me and said that he seen one while driving by a run down car museum on the main road in dunsnafnage. Me and my father took a drive from nb to pei just to see if it was true. Thankfully for us, it was. The fellow who was selling the ambulance actually ran the museum for 20 odd years with his father. We came to an agreement and 2 weeks later, I owned it(purchase date 23/10/17).

The ambulance runs, lights and siren work and there is minimal rust. Paint is original for the most part. Hightop is made of steel.




The interior is missing some things, like the arm to secure the stretcher to the wall. The holes are still there for it. The stereo and the dispatch radio are missing. There are holes on the top of the side door panels I think held scrolling from the ambulance service. Seats and headliner needs tlc.


Breaks need to be fixed. The car is equipped with a 383 engine and dual exhaust. Engine bay is very clean. There is lots of things to keep a person busy, but I could not be happier.
I was also able to track down a history on this ambulance. Unfortunately, I still have not found the coachbuilder as the ambulance was a one-off deal. I did however find out where it began life. It was first used by MacLean Ambulance Service in charlottown pei when new in 1966(http://www.emsclassics.com/rosterdetails.php?Province=Prince%20Edward%20Islan d).

The service used the ambulance for 10 years, and according to Clarence foster, the seller, the ambulance was sold to a fire dept in nova Scotia where it served as a fire chief vehicle.

This is supported by a vintage inspection sticker from nova Scotia in the center of the windshield. This was used for a while by the dept, when it finally was removed from service and sold to mr foster. According to Foster, he has ad the ambulance for over 20 years. This is not where the story of the ambulance ends however, as he has used if for various activities. In 2001, Clarence took the ambulance across Canada to car shows as a tour vehicle for Canadian Classics Magazine.

I found a picture of it. He had it labeled as the "coast Busters":confused:. After this, the ambulance served in 2 movies. One in Bathurst NB, and the other in Quebec. The one in Bathurst was called Full Blast, and was a"homo-erotic action thriller":confused: Don't look it up. Lastly, the ambulance can be seen in a youtube video created by the makers of trailer park boys titled "Speedy Pete EMT"https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0uZ7Qcf9zZg. I will use this thread to update you on what I do to the ambulance. Thanks

Clay Sellick
10-25-2017, 03:09 PM
I did not realize photobucket was extorting their users, so here are the photos hotlines through ibb. I could not edit the post to place them where they belong.
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Clay Sellick
10-25-2017, 03:15 PM
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Clay Sellick
10-25-2017, 03:16 PM
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Richard Vyse
10-25-2017, 05:05 PM
Very cool looking rig. Congratulations.

Dean Wilkinson
10-25-2017, 05:49 PM
This 66 Chrysler ambulance is a Ballyntine Conversion, Windsor Ontario. Ballyntine Conversions was run by Wally Ballytine , who at one time ran the ambulance services in Windsor, Chatham and London. The conversion business ran from the 50's thru the late 60's. Primarily building on Chrysler products, he also did some on GM trucks.

Clay Sellick
10-25-2017, 05:52 PM
This 66 Chrysler ambulance is a Ballyntine Conversion, Windsor Ontario
Thank you Dan for the info, I'll have to check them out!

Steve Loftin
10-25-2017, 06:23 PM
MacLean F.H. (Charlottetown, PEI)
1966 Renaud/Chrysler
(SL collection)

Steve Loftin
10-25-2017, 06:24 PM
This 66 Chrysler ambulance is a Ballyntine Conversion, Windsor Ontario. Ballyntine Conversions was run by Wally Ballytine , who at one time ran the ambulance services in Windsor, Chatham and London. The conversion business ran from the 50's thru the late 60's. Primarily building on Chrysler products, he also did some on GM trucks.


Built by Renaud, also in Windsor.

Bill Marcy
10-25-2017, 07:29 PM
I really like it Clay! It is beautiful and very unique. Congratulations enjoy it!

Peter Grave
10-25-2017, 11:25 PM
Congrats on the find a real cool rig perhaps one of a kind. Enjoy it.

James Fischer
10-25-2017, 11:32 PM
Congratulations on your "NEW" ambulance !!:applause:
She is a real looker.....hope you have a ton of fun with her !!:thumbsup:

Kurt Arends
10-25-2017, 11:38 PM
Clay,
Coming up with a F-W stretcher bar and mounting brackets is no big deal. If you can't find one closer to you, let us know. I, and others, have spares. Likewise with the side door sign monting brackets. Have fun with it!

Gus Boucher
10-26-2017, 12:26 AM
Clay,
Nice find ! Great save of another part of history!!!

Tim Prieur
10-26-2017, 12:29 AM
Clay, let me echo the others congratulations. May you have many enjoyable hours updating its needs and most importantly driving it.

Martin Harvey
10-26-2017, 06:32 PM
Welcome aboard! I follow this car since 15 years now and Im glad it's saved again! Keep it and enjoy it! I will send you an invitation for our local meet !

Clay Sellick
10-26-2017, 06:39 PM
Welcome aboard! I follow this car since 15 years now and Im glad it's saved again! Keep it and enjoy it! I will send you an invitation for our local meet !
Thanks very much. Would love to get involved in some meets. Also, if you have any more info on the car I have not listed, I would appreciate any extra. I plan on keeping this car for a long long time, so your tracking may be over:)

Dean Wilkinson
10-26-2017, 08:09 PM
Renaud's was the body shop that did the body modifications on the Ballyntine conversions.

Dean Wilkinson
10-26-2017, 08:13 PM
http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/b/ballantyne/ballantyne.htm

John ED Renstrom
10-27-2017, 12:14 AM
Sharp car. Hard to tell what they were using for a gurney mount

Martin Harvey
11-17-2017, 06:57 AM
Sharp car. Hard to tell what they were using for a gurney mount

By the drilled holes on the driver side we might be able to measure the distance between them and know what kind of cot was used? I guess a 54-L.

http://www.professionalcarsociety.org/forums/showthread.php?t=2822&highlight=ambulance+collection

John ED Renstrom
11-17-2017, 11:29 AM
All the fernos had the same spacing between the hook and the latch. Are all that were set up for side mount that is. Most of the wagon conversion used the 32. As it had the dropped basket when the head end was raised. The auto load set like the 54 would leave a lot of marks on that tailgate.

Clay Sellick
11-17-2017, 08:27 PM
By the drilled holes on the driver side we might be able to measure the distance between them and know what kind of cot was used? I guess a 54-L.

http://www.professionalcarsociety.org/forums/showthread.php?t=2822&highlight=ambulance+collection
I'll have to measure the distance on Monday as I'm working till then in Bathurst and it's in moncton. I'll let you guys know.

Nicholas Studer
11-17-2017, 10:23 PM
I'll have to measure the distance on Monday as I'm working till then in Bathurst and it's in moncton. I'll let you guys know.

The Model 1 was the only option from F-W available at that time for side-mounting. The Model 2/3 are the same thing with either both floor-mounted hardware or one floor and one side-mounted. The distance between sets of holes isn't relevant - with small changes it's the same product for approx. 20 years. If the car were older - or perhaps someone used "leftovers," it's possible the Washington Mortuary equivalent could've been used - the bracket/bar are slightly different based on generation. A final and less common option is Baumgardner - which was still producing product up to at least 1964.

The low-headroom cots at that time were the Model 21L (single-level, "two-man"), Model 54L (two-level, "two-man"), Model 32 (Multi-level X-frame, "two-man") and Model 27 (Two-level, "One-Man"). Of course, folks didn't always follow the "book" and could've used the regular height cot equivalents despite having a low-headroom vehicle. I think for 1966 with side-mount hardware obviously having been present - the most likely would've been a Model 32.

Congrats on your purchase. As far as I am aware, you have the second Chrysler-branded ambulance from the time period that survives today.

Darren Bedford
11-18-2017, 12:41 AM
Incredible looking car ! :thumbsup:

Congrats on it ! :smileflagcan:

Enjoy the ride,
Darren

:applause:

Clay Sellick
11-18-2017, 09:40 AM
Incredible looking car ! :thumbsup:

Congrats on it ! :smileflagcan:

Enjoy the ride,
Darren

:applause:
Thanks bud, I appreciate it. Looking forward to working on it after winter. Mostly all I have to do is get the interior sorted out and it will be pretty good. I'd like to try and go to the PCS meet:)

Ron Devies
11-23-2017, 12:42 PM
Thanks bud, I appreciate it. Looking forward to working on it after winter. Mostly all I have to do is get the interior sorted out and it will be pretty good. I'd like to try and go to the PCS meet:)

We would like to see it there :applause:

Clay Sellick
12-19-2017, 08:33 PM
Hey there guys. Heres a small update in regards to the 66 ambulance. I did find a strecher bar, horns and a whole other strecher. They were on an 80s ambulance but will be better than nothing. I Also found the following picture describing how Ballyntine built their ambulances. Can't wait for winter to be over so I can start getting her ship shape
https://i.imgur.com/nCQDLcy.jpg

Paul Steinberg
12-19-2017, 11:13 PM
Didn't have good copy to work with, so even though it is a little blurry, it can be read.