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Adam Borkat
11-24-2011, 09:43 PM
1969 Econoline Ambulance - $1000 (Loup City)
Date: 2011-11-18, 9:27PM CST
Reply to: sale-7wrzf-2683411469@craigslist.org

For Sale: 1969 Econoline 300 Ambulance! 302 V8 Motor/ Automatic transmission. Runs Good! Has cool lights & sirens that work! Plenty of room for a work van, storage for your stuff, or a fun camper! Good Michelin Tires. Under 30,000 original miles, WOW! If you would like to see more pictures just email me, or call Ed at 402-469-7429.

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Chris Mooney
11-24-2011, 10:10 PM
I want It and for 1,000. what a steal

Jeremy D. Ledford
11-24-2011, 10:56 PM
The set of bullet lights are worth that alone!

Cary Livingston
11-25-2011, 07:15 AM
Dont see many of these Superior Econoline conversions....cool:specool:

Steve Lichtman
11-25-2011, 03:47 PM
Link to the sale ad here. (http://grandisland.craigslist.org/cto/2683411469.html)

The Washington, DC Fire Department used to operate a fleet of these. I wish I had more room, more time, more money.....

Robert Davidson
11-25-2011, 05:54 PM
Wow, probably wouldn't take much to clean it up..... not far from where we got our 65 IH ambulance in Upland NE..

Danny Ryder
12-03-2011, 10:06 PM
No longer available, anyone want to guess where it is going?

Darren Bedford
12-03-2011, 11:42 PM
Home with you Danny ?!

Darren

Danny Ryder
12-04-2011, 11:30 AM
Home with you Danny ?!

Darren

Good job Darren, you guessed it. Owner very nice gentleman who bought from fire dept. near him and they were second owner getting it in 1977. Miles are correct at just under 30k. He sent he lots more pictures of it and should clean up nice. Thanks to Adam for posting this one, pays to watch what people put on here for sale.

Richard Vyse
12-04-2011, 11:32 AM
Good job Darren, you guessed it. Owner very nice gentleman who bought from fire dept. near him and they were second owner getting it in 1977. Miles are correct at just under 30k. He sent he lots more pictures of it and should clean up nice. Thanks to Adam for posting this one, pays to watch what people put on here for sale.

I'm telling you.....:2gunsfiring_v1:

Bill Marcy
12-04-2011, 06:58 PM
Looks like you got yourself a deal Danny! Congratulations!

Danny Ryder
12-15-2011, 07:55 PM
Van arrived yesterday and I drove her home last night and some today. Cleaned a few hours. Very neat van and runs and drives well. Found the build order under drivers front seat in great shape. It is apparrant the 29k miles are correct.

John ED Renstrom
12-15-2011, 09:18 PM
smaller service in Neb it would not have gotten that much use. the big thing is how will it got mantained or cobbled. seen them both ways just depended on the service

Danny Ryder
12-15-2011, 09:29 PM
First owner kept till 1977 then went to small fire dept till this summer and they sold to guy I got from. Pictures soon when cleaned up more.

Kent Martinson
12-16-2011, 09:04 AM
First owner kept till 1977 then went to small fire dept till this summer and they sold to guy I got from. Pictures soon when cleaned up more.

And dents taken out from backing it off the trailer. :hide:
I love you Danny. :halo:

Danny Ryder
12-18-2011, 05:23 PM
Took a few pictures while out playing today so enjoy.

Danny Ryder
12-18-2011, 05:26 PM
Some more, enjoy.

Bill Marcy
12-18-2011, 06:24 PM
It looks real good Danny!

John Royark JR
12-18-2011, 07:10 PM
Does one of the front seats remove easily? If not getting to the spare looks like a pain in the you know what.

Dwayne Brooks
12-18-2011, 07:27 PM
Very nice Danny! Love those bullet lights :thumb:

Danny Ryder
12-18-2011, 07:39 PM
Does one of the front seats remove easily? If not getting to the spare looks like a pain in the you know what.

Passenger seat folds over toward dash so easy to remove spare.

John ED Renstrom
12-18-2011, 10:35 PM
I'll bet rolling that 10.00 x 16.5 out of there would not be all that much fun. but then neather is a flat. nice find.

Danny Ryder
12-19-2011, 11:43 AM
Seems our moderator wanted more pictures so here you go!

Ron Devies
12-19-2011, 09:57 PM
I have seen a car very similar to this.

Danny Ryder
12-19-2011, 11:09 PM
I have seen a car very similar to this.

Do we need to talk?

Josh Gentry
12-20-2011, 09:35 AM
RON, RON, YOU NEED IT!:071:

Josh

Ron Devies
12-20-2011, 03:52 PM
RON, RON, YOU NEED IT!:071:

Josh

Like a hole in my head!

Kurt Halverson
12-21-2011, 09:09 PM
Danny,
Thank you for preserving this great piece of EMS history! I bet you will have alot of fun with this ambulance. By the way, there is a picture of a similar rig on page 138 of the book "The American Ambulance 1900-2002" by Walter M.P. McCall. It is a 1970, and it looks like it has a very similar roof light set up as yours.
Kurt

Danny Ryder
12-24-2011, 04:44 PM
Got the 69 out today to cruise around with all the folks in a panic to do christmas shopping. It is a pleasure to drive and will need very little to get where I want it. Has a squeaky belt to ck and will look over the hoses, etc. IT was still in use until a few months ago so seems pretty dependable. IT does have those 16.5 wheels and hard to find tires but being the tires are in really good shape and new matching spare all michelin I think they will be ok for a while.

Doug Kelley
12-25-2011, 08:20 AM
When our county started our service, our first rig was almost identical to this with 2 differences, ours had a 174 Federal, and where your front spotlight is, we had a Federal CJ-24 speaker. Of all the stupid things I remember is how loud the alternating flasher was for the bullet lights, and the banging of the 174 when it was on. It was a great rig though.

Paul Steinberg
12-25-2011, 08:42 AM
Superior used a large round metal flasher can that had mechanical contacts inside. The contacts were controlled by thermal strips, that would click every time they opened or closed. They also used this flasher on the school bus. It must have been a less expensive alternative to the Cole Hersee motorized flasher.

Danny Ryder
12-25-2011, 10:55 AM
Superior used a large round metal flasher can that had mechanical contacts inside. The contacts were controlled by thermal strips, that would click every time they opened or closed. They also used this flasher on the school bus. It must have been a less expensive alternative to the Cole Hersee motorized flasher.

I did notice it was loud but that is just part of it. Didn't bother me. Not like it drowned out the radio? Oh, no radio in this one.

Paul Steinberg
12-25-2011, 01:15 PM
I did notice it was loud but that is just part of it. Didn't bother me. Not like it drowned out the radio? Oh, no radio in this one.

That is why it is called an ECONOLINE....

Cliff Bergum
01-09-2012, 12:35 AM
Yup, pretty awesome Superior Coach Mr Ryder! An amazing find for the price! Thanks for posting all those Pics. I'm still working on my all red E200.. It'll probably be an FD "Squad" when I'm done playing.
Just had a pair of SC sealed beam bullets show up last week. It's a slow process, but fun!
Keep us posted on the progress!!

Danny Ryder
01-09-2012, 08:33 AM
Been working some on the ole girl. Painted grill and front bumper, may have chance to get crome version cheap, will see soon. Added few supplies to back and made wooden bottom for bench so ready when I find cushion. Getting up nerve to pull dog house to see what all might need in way of hoses or tune up.

Denny Shira
01-10-2012, 08:50 PM
Very nice find ,Danny.we had a 1971 and 1972 econoline ambulance.(our first rigs) when i owned Professional ambulance.i have a really nice 55 ford pumper that i would trade for that rig.

I'll have to post some pics of those rigs when i can.(still having problems posting pictures)

Danny Ryder
02-09-2012, 05:51 PM
Added hubcaps I found on ebay and dual exhaust along with new hoses, belts, oil change, etc. Got to get a buff job now. Insured with hagerty and tagged today.

Josh Gentry
02-09-2012, 09:38 PM
Boy she sure is looking good Danny. Bet shes a fun one to drive.

josh

Danny Ryder
02-09-2012, 10:04 PM
Boy she sure is looking good Danny. Bet shes a fun one to drive.

josh

Actually Josh it drives very good and is peppy too. Was going to do turbo mufflers but shop said he had these two used ford mufflers so I took him up on the reduced price. It has developed a flooding problem which I believe the float is stuck or filled with gas. Will ck later.

Denny Shira
02-10-2012, 10:32 PM
danny,
those 302's always had flooding problems.we cured it by installing
an electronic choke.if you can't find one let me know,i have a friend
who makes them.they work great

Danny Ryder
02-10-2012, 10:46 PM
danny,
those 302's always had flooding problems.we cured it by installing
an electronic choke.if you can't find one let me know,i have a friend
who makes them.they work great

Don't know Denny, it was fine up till wednesday now won't hardly run unless over half throttle. Has manual choke which seems to be working fine.

Ron Devies
02-10-2012, 11:00 PM
Let's see some interior pics!

Danny Ryder
02-11-2012, 10:34 AM
Let's see some interior pics!

Post 16 of this thread shows interior.

Ron Devies
02-12-2012, 01:38 PM
The driver compartment could be my Pinner, it is like an identical twin. In the rear, Pinner ran the compartments all the way to the ceiling.

Danny Ryder
03-31-2012, 11:34 AM
Considering selling my 69 econoline Superior ambulance van. Look back through post to see pictures and info but highlight it has 29k actual miles, 302 V-8 automatic tranny, very good matching michelin tires with new spare to match, just tuned up and did hoses and belts. Very solid and very drivable. COme with good stock of ambulance equipment. All lights and siren works as it should. Tagged and insured and stored inside, driven regular. Need $4000 to cover my cost. Trades considered. PS, have also put dual exhaust on after I got it.

Danny Ryder
11-05-2012, 08:14 PM
Had someone looking to see this so bumped up again.

Danny Ryder
01-26-2013, 11:08 AM
If no one interested will be putting on ebay soon. I had rather it go to a good home within PCS family.

Danny Ryder
05-01-2013, 09:34 PM
Van will be on ebay tomorrow.