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Old 10-16-2010, 08:33 PM
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Default Kirk's Emergency Service - Part I

The late Kirk Kuykendall took over the ambulance business in Lawton, Oklahoma when the funeral homes went out, in addition to his taxi and wrecker services. Kirk's operated a variety of procars over the years; mostly Oldsmobiles of all sizes and types, only two of which he bought new. Here are a few of them:

1975 Cotington 54

1973 Cotington 54

1974 Cotington 48
(ex-City of Tahlequah; now owned and has been nicely restored by PCS member Greg Jeter)

1969 Cotington 48
(originally from Kansas, this car is still owned by Kirk's; whistle is a #28)

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Old 10-16-2010, 08:37 PM
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Default Kirk's Emergency Service - Part II

Kirk's had at least four '72 C/B combinations over the years; three Sevilles, and one Cotington. The one from Yoakum, Texas was purchased from Summers Funeral Car Co. as a running/driving parts car for the other rigs. I have no idea where the others came from.

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Old 10-16-2010, 10:28 PM
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This company should had a wide arrangment of ambulances. Just when I thought that they were getting better with their emergency warning equipment some of the photos led me to believe that they went backwards. Nice photos just the same.
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that last one is my dream car. low top 72 ambulance.
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Beacon A.S. (Raleigh, NC)
1974 Cotington 48

Simons F.H. (Pittsburgh, PA)
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1941 Miller Oldsmobile combo, currently owned and used by Mitchell Family Funeral Home, Marshalltown, Iowa. (J.Royark collection)

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Old 10-23-2010, 10:52 PM
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1972 Cotington combination/Summers
Jim Green F.H. (Pryor, OK)

1971 Seville combination/Summers
Easterling F.H. (Odessa, TX)

Summers Funeral Car Co., a M-M and C/B dealership in the Dallas suburbs, did at least three of these 54" hightop conversions that I know of. The third one was done on a 1964 M-M combination, also using Summers' standard Suburban top and roll cage.

Jim Green bought his car just after the conversion was done in 1976.

The Easterling car was done on a car already in the firm's fleet. It had to have been top-heavy, especially on a short wheelbase with the M-M-style backboard compartment on the roof. I imagine it handled like a water tower! The folding attendant seat was replaced with a Captain's chair (highback bucket seat).

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Most of us are familiar with the twin '72 Cotington 48s owned by David Stalhut and Larri Dirks. There were several of these cars built with Federal #15A Junior beacons on the corners instead of the usual tunnel lights. Here are a few more:

1971 - District Heights, MD
1972 - Powhatan Beach, MD
1971 - Metro A.S. (Hellertown, PA)
1972 - Lower Milford Twp., PA (later sold to Reinsel F.H. in Sharon, PA)

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Here are two more C/B 48" cars with uncommon corner lighting:

1971 - Memphis, TN
1971 - Pocahontas, IA

There was a law in Iowa for a short time that required five beacons on ambulances, resulting in many over-burdened electrical systems. The draw from the beacons on this car, with a 120-amp alternator, was 105 amps!

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There was a law in Iowa for a short time that required five beacons on ambulances, resulting in many over-burdened electrical systems. The draw from the beacons on this car, with a 120-amp alternator, was 105 amps!

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that may have been the reason for the 4 Jr's they would draw a lot less current.
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