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Old 05-17-2013, 04:11 PM
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:27 PM
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Accubuilt must have had a six year old design their cars. Federal and Eagle by far look the best but the Federal top is too tall. Such a shame there are no commercial glass cars anymore.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:51 PM
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Tom McPherson and Walt McCall went to the Accubuilt yesterday. They know Tom well there so...he was able to shoot photos fairly freely inside and outside the plant despite being there only a short time. He said that while they all look truly awful, he regrets to say that the Lincolns look marginally better than the Cadillacs. He did mention the flimsey fiberglass panels and was apalled that. The Cadillac-based cars are reportedly wierd-looking from any angle and especially horrible from the rear. While Accubuilt's new rear door mechanism is novel and possibly even a functonal benefit, he reports that he thinks that there's a possibily that if it fails on a service it could be a disaster for a funeral director. There is now no real visual difference between an S&S and a Superior with the exception of nameplate and coachlights. I find that really disturbing. It means that for all practical purposes S&S is, in reality, dead and lingers on as a badge engineered Superior only. Now, that's truly distressing. The demise of an industry icon. Instead of letting the brand suffer such an indignity, they should have just let it die. To my mind, a badge engineered S&S sullies the brands reputation and heritage. It's smacks of the old original Lincoln Versailles - a Ford Granada or Mercury Monarch with a wart on the trunk that they called a Lincoln. The only difference is that there was more visual difference between a Granada and a Versailles than there is between a new 2013 Superior and a comparable S&S. It's a crying shame. And, in addion to this, Tom says that no one there even recognizes or appreciates that 2013 is Superior's 90th anniversary. Bet they don't make it to 100!
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:19 PM
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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Out of those Cadillac offerings, the Eagle Echelon looks the best. Im a GM guy, but the Lincolns look much better.
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Instead of letting the brand suffer such an indignity, they should have just let it die. To my mind, a badge engineered S&S sullies the brands reputation and heritage. It's smacks of the old original Lincoln Versailles - a Ford Granada or Mercury Monarch with a wart on the trunk that they called a Lincoln. The only difference is that there was more visual difference between a Granada and a Versailles than there is between a new 2013 Superior and a comparable S&S. It's a crying shame. And, in addion to this, Tom says that no one there even recognizes or appreciates that 2013 is Superior's 90th anniversary. Bet they don't make it to 100!
Keith, the Versailles also got rear disc brakes.

I agree, let S&S fade away.
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The rear door on that new Superior struck me as something that was snazzy and eye catching now, but could be potential problems years down the road... sometimes simple works best...
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Carry a broomstick for when the lift pistons give out. That's simple!

(EMSA ambulance in Tulsa had a couple of 1980 Modulance Olympian ambulances. These had hatchback style doors on the back of a box ambulance. The name derives from the fact that Modulance was the official ambulance supplier of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. Anyway, when the pistons went out about 1984 and the hatch doors bopped patients on the head, they resorted to carrying broomsticks. I think the folks were happy the Olympians were destroyed in a flash flood shortly thereafter - and they may have even pushed the rigs into the river!)
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:55 PM
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Add to that we had a couple hatchback ambulances,when you lowered it after loading in a rainstorm guess who got soaked,
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:34 PM
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Add to that we had a couple hatchback ambulances,when you lowered it after loading in a rainstorm guess who got soaked,
Been there, done that!!!!
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