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Old 12-17-2011, 10:46 AM
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Talking continuing holiday procar hunt 'tradition'

On 12/23/10 I was fortunate enough to revisit a TX property after foliage had finally died off. How many vehicles can you spot in this panoramic?



You can imagine how difficult seeing anything is most of the year...

PCS member Nicholas Yassan had been gently prodding, wanting this nice solid all original navy '58 Series 60 Fleetwood. Finding it's location was the culmination of several months research.



Ultimately, this stainless behemoth beauty didn't pan out. Going provided an opportunity to view this Miller better however so it was a good trip.



This coming Tuesday, 12/20/11- a new holiday tradition technically becomes established: Viewing a hidden collection the week of Xmas!

8 months of diligent effort has gone into locating owner, making contact, planning logistics, and coordinating this trip. I've invited a handful of others with a variety of interests to join this time for an enjoyable experience. 6 people (maybe 7) will converge from 3 different states for a day of preliminary scouting on what parts (and parts cars) may be usable among 1400-1500 rusting relics.

There should be 7-8 procars in the bunch. Among them a '46-'48 Dodge ambulance, '63 Superior, '64 Eureka 3-way, and this '60 Superior Royale limo style combination shown in a different thread:



At the very least you know I'll load up on pics. Fingers crossed it stays dry until Wednesday, as forecast predicts.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:09 PM
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Atti, can you keep me advised on any 63 Superiors? Spare parts are always handy. Thanks.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:11 PM
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Of course Brendan. Already have an elusive optional door pull on that list.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:41 PM
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More tentative procar info trickled in today as the date draws nearer:

-'46-'48 Dodge ambulance
-'60 Superior Royale limo style combination
-2x '62 Superior limo style
-'63 Superior limo style (may be Sovereign)
-'64 Eureka landau 3-way
-'65? Superior high top ambulance
-'70s high top ambulance
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:18 AM
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Exhausted after a super long productive day hunting. Figured a short update will suffice before crashing, then uploading dozens of pics tomorrow.

2 people cancelled last minute, 7 still went.

The previous list, actual vehicle/corrections in bold:

-'46-'48 Dodge ambulance '41-'42 Miller Cadillac combination
-'60 Superior Royale limo style combination
-2x '62 Superior limo style 2x '61 Superior Royale limo style combinations
-'63 Superior limo style (may be Sovereign) '63 Superior Royale limo style combination
-'64 Eureka landau 3-way '64 Eureka landau endloader
-'65? Superior high top ambulance *gone*
-'70s high top ambulance '73ish Superior 54

There was also:

-'67-'68 Series 75 formal limo
-'68ish Miller Meteor endloader
-'73ish Miller Meteor endloader
-'74 Miller Meteor endloader
-'80s Cadillac formal limo

Panoramic previews. This is a residential backyard:



The front yard? You guessed it:



Otherworldly landscape hiding *dozens* of cars on another property:



Last shot eerily similar to yard a year ago even though they're 1500 miles apart!
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:29 AM
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Rain held off and although overcast mostly, pics came out decent. I'll say up front that some cars and parts are already spoken for, which I will mention along the way. Part of what we scouted is a junkyard that closed in '90 or '91 with hundreds of '50s-'60s units. There were many odd/rare vehicles that are virtually unseen in yards anymore (of which a select handful will be included here).

Honestly don't know where pricing is going to come in on anything as owner has been very reasonable with some and not so much with others. In short, let me know if you see needed parts anywhere. I'm touching base with a list tonight for owner to mull prices over holidays.

There is so much to cover that I don't know where it is best to start. May as well save best for last though, right?

First two Miller Meteors are thoroughly whipped. If someone wants to peg year/models, great.






This '74 Miller Meteor is owned by one of those that went yesterday. He doesn't use it much anymore and when asked if available, he said yes for about $2500. Given amount of nicer '70s coaches on market in that range already, he may sit on it at that price.




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Old 12-21-2011, 10:43 AM
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Our communal thoughts pinned this to a '41-'42 Miller, going off interior use of trim in bunches of 3 and that it was a civil defense unit (although I neglected taking a picture of that logo). There were no badges.

After glancing through Miller Meteor book this morning, it could be a '46. Tough IDing when so little remains.










Based on a rot free-standpoint, this one can actually be built. It was one of the better body tubs and chassis viewed here. Yeah yeah yeah....there are too many pieces missing. I've seen much worse starting points though.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:58 AM
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'59 Coupe DeVille:



'59 Imperial Crown LeBaron Southampton:



'59 Pontiac wagon:



'60 Plymouth Sport Fury:



'56(?) Chrysler Windsor wagon. Think this had 3rd row seating, whole rear floor was folded flat, and had a nice shape vintage Coca-Cola machine in back. Too cool:



'57(?) Plymouth Suburban Custom:



Couple of Edsels:


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Shawn Blyler, is this a '67 or '68? Jump seats are still present. This was another car without much visible rot.







The '80s limo. Phone cracks me up.


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Pair of '61 Superior Royale limo style 604s. I'll never fully comprehend the seemingly common desire to fill coaches with parts that don't rust, like stainless hubcaps.



Lots of good glass!



Still has very hard to find Superior-specific combination rollers.



2nd coach was on different property.




More good corner glass.



Have a hunch that jump seat upholstery is still nice, mainly hidden away from elements for decades.

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