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Old 04-02-2016, 02:37 PM
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Default 1961 Eureka Hi-Boy Updates

Please see http://www.professionalcarsociety.or...ad.php?t=18181 for thread when the car first purchased. Still plugging away.

I was quite surprised to be able to make it happen - but I was not only able to get a set of 1961 GM bucket seats - but I was able to purchase the original seats that came with the car from the Eureka plant! Not exactly common for a car in 1961 to have buckets, but surely not ambulances in particular. There was much suggestion in the past that these were Cadillac Eldorado seats, but after research and discussion - looks like not. From we've been able to put together, they're Buick seats due to the chrome trim running all around the base, plus the fact both are non-power. Pretty decent shape. Photos courtesy of the seller.
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I had a feeling this would all work out!

Nick's Eureka project is a prime example of what can happen when you make a specific interest known (in this case, Nick really wanted a Eureka Hi-Boy), be willing to work through a process, even when the going gets tough, and stick to the vision with patience and diligence.

Much easier said than done! However, good things come to those who are patient, yet diligent.
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It makes sense that the seats are Buick items.. The split-bench seats and trim used by Eureka in some of their '50s coaches were also Buick parts.
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would they be full size Buick or the mid size cars. the look to me to be midsize
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Please see http://www.professionalcarsociety.or...ad.php?t=18181 for thread when the car first purchased. Still plugging away.

I was quite surprised to be able to make it happen - but I was not only able to get a set of 1961 GM bucket seats - but I was able to purchase the original seats that came with the car from the Eureka plant! Not exactly common for a car in 1961 to have buckets, but surely not ambulances in particular. There was much suggestion in the past that these were Cadillac Eldorado seats, but after research and discussion - looks like not. From we've been able to put together, they're Buick seats due to the chrome trim running all around the base, plus the fact both are non-power. Pretty decent shape. Photos courtesy of the seller.
Congrats Nick! Glad to hear that they will be going back into the rig they came out of.

FYI- there is no such thing as "Cadillac Eldorado seats". Bucket seats were rare in '60s Eldorados as well. Cadillac would put bucket seats in anything that they built, if ordered that way, and rarely seen in any Cadillac in the '60s. I have seen them in a '64 Sedan deVille and a '66 Sedan deVille(yes, both 4-doors). They were rarely seen in Cadillacs only because it was not a popular Cadillac option.
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DW570 windshield awaits installation when the car's repainted. Figured I'd get it now while they're still available. Pilkington was able to replicate the original markings EZ-E-EYE markings and date code pictured.

Still looking for NCG oxygen flowmeters (the 1960s square metal box type, not the 1970s green plastic). This is likely what was in the two outlets alongside the wheel wells. Still not exactly sure the missing components on the dispensary cabinet.
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Many thanks go to Phillip Sawyer who kindly noted my want ad for the scalloped oxygen bases missing from this ambulance (http://www.professionalcarsociety.or...ad.php?t=18703) and sold me the one he had.

It is a disappointing surprise that there are apparently multiple varieties of this rather unique design for an oxygen base... The one I purchased is a Puritan product with three rather long "support arms" coming out from the central scalloped tube, each with a screw hole. This is better shown in below photo than words. Unfortunately, while the originals look almost identical - they mounted with four screws and had an overall smaller profile. Close inspection of the 1961 Hi-Boy interior photo on Pg 211 of Tom McPherson's Eureka book shows this to be the case. Best guess is a somewhat rectangular overall footprint with a small outcropping on four sides for the screw.

Anyone seen something like this or have a photo? If someone has one they'd be willing to let me borrow, I'd be interested in getting castings done for me, and I'd make them available to others if there's interest.
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that set up is for 2 bottles side by side, they would just be set in there and held in place by the strap. no bases were used. that base is more for mounting on a open floor
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that set up is for 2 bottles side by side, they would just be set in there and held in place by the strap. no bases were used. that base is more for mounting on a open floor
While I appreciate the certainty - that isn't the case. It also was three cylinders.

If you review Pg 211 of Tom McPherson's Eureka book, you'll see what I'm talking about. Out of respect for him I can't/shouldn't post a photo from there.
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you look at that floor again. and the number of holes in it. I could not see the third bottle ring with the mount in place. you also have the advantage in that you have the car. but from what I see in the pictured there is no ring for the mount. it would have left a stain. remember these are not cookie cutters but built per buyer spec. had they not requested a mount, Eureka would most likely have used wood. just one more layer or two of plywood with holes drilled to except the bottles. over time someone removed it for what ever reason to make a flat floor. I can't tell if the holes about 3/4 way up would have had a wavy board to cradle the tops as the strap was cinched or not. but there is no room in that cabinet for either style of floor mount that I have seen. to mount that close to the wall. which they do so the jump seat will fold in. Eureka loved wood. on this one did the O2 get piped in or was the flow meter moved from bottle to bottle? I should have one of them either a bottle mount or the Ohio fitting. I'll check to book when I get home. if Eureks cast something they did it in brass. which would enplane it missing
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