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Old 08-01-2013, 11:49 PM
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Default 1977 - 1979 Superior Downsized Ambulances

Been thinking of starting this thread for a long time now. I had fully documented the 30 downsized Superior ambulances a number of years ago, but like everything on the Internet, it doesn't last forever, unless you want it to. That thread is long lost, so lets start again... Please post your pictures and whatever history that you know about them here.

This is my 1978 Superior Cadillac Ambulance first delivered to Stettler Alberta Hospital in Canada. It then traded to Crestline Ambulance manufactures, and they sold it to went to another location, and eventually wound up at the Copper River EMS in Glennallen Alaska. This picture was taken when it was still in Alaska.

Note: The downsized ambulances had many different side light options, and roof light options. This is one way to know which car they are, since most times, these options are the only way to tell them apart. You can tell the different years by the tail lights and sometimes the front directional lights and grille. The differences are very subtle.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:25 AM
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This was the last Cadillac ambulance sold new in Oklahoma. It was sold to an individual locally in the late 1980s via city auction. That buyer dismantled it for a restoration that never occurred. I have no idea of its disposition.

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Old 08-02-2013, 12:43 AM
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These were documented some time ago, many with original photos, in the Northland Chapter photo archive database located at www.northlandpcs.com.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:53 AM
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Here's my story. This '79 I believe was #4 of the last 10 built in the final model year of Cadillac ambulance production. It was originally sold new to the Winkler, Manitoba Fire Dept., in a small Mennonite community just north of the US border. While most towns this size in Manitoba seemed to do okay with low top vans, Winkler always had high end units. They had earlier purchased a '75 C/B Olds Cotington 54 to replace a '67 Superior 48" Pontiac. In '79, they acquired the Caddy. Many years later, they purchased a slant-side type III Braun unit, and decided the '79 Superior had to go, as it had less interior working room than the older C/B Olds. I was fortunate enough to purchase the Caddy from them in early '89.

I took the Caddy to the PCS International meet that year in Decatur, IL, and rotated it between my '75 Criterion for standby duty at Winnipeg Speedway, along with Kerry's '73 S&S Cadillac (now owned by Bruce Biancalana). Pretty nice fleet of cars for a 3/8 mile dirt track!

When I moved to So. Cal. in Sept. of '89, I sold the Criterion to a local motocross association and moved my wordly possessions to CA in the '79 Superior. I stored the car for a short time with Collins Ambulance West dealership in Orange County, and later with Paul Nix. Realizing I no longer had a practical use for the car, I offered it for sale. A funeral director from Rock Springs, WY, flew in with his trusty mechanic to look at it. The mechanic immediately determined that it must be full of bondo, since his magnet would not stick to the fiberglass area on either side of the rear loading door. The FD made me a low-ball offer, and having no alternative, and running out of places to store the car, I accepted it. I later heard that they blew the motor on the car shortly afterward (that gave me some degree of satisfaction), and that it ended up at Fred McPeck's dealership in Denver. I have no way of verifying either of these statements.

Here are three shots of the car, the first two being when it was owned by Winkler FD, the last one taken after I acquired it and made some minor modifications. I added a pair of CP25 chrome speakers and a Mars 888 light, and also replaced the front bumper fog lights with sealed beam flashers. I also removed the non-factory window frosting and a set of west coast mirrors that they had added, and put the factory Cadillac mirrors back in place. Had I not moved to CA, I was thinking of repainting the chrome yellow area of the car with the factory metallic turquoise for '79 Cadillacs.
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1978 Superior Cadillac Ambulance by pcsmoroute66, on Flickr

A few more pics of this stunning Ambulance are here:
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These were documented some time ago, many with original photos, in the Northland Chapter photo archive database located at www.northlandpcs.com.
I had documented each of the 30 ambulances with the names of most of the original owners, and also went into great detail as to where they were at that time. That was about 2005 or so. I know that there is a lot of pictures of them n the Northland website, however, it wouldn't be proper to take them for posting on this website without permission. Thanks Paul
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I had documented each of the 30 ambulances with the names of most of the original owners, and also went into great detail as to where they were at that time. That was about 2005 or so. I know that there is a lot of pictures of them n the Northland website, however, it wouldn't be proper to take them for posting on this website without permission. Thanks Paul
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:23 AM
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Grabbed this one in Albany 2010 !

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Car in Post 8 is the first Transport delivered (new to Cheesequake, New Jersey.) This car has been owned for many years by Past PCS President, Mike Barruzza.
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Just curious, maybe this should be a thread of its own, but has something like this been done for the similar Miller Meteor downsized ambulances?
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Just curious, maybe this should be a thread of its own, but has something like this been done for the similar Miller Meteor downsized ambulances?
This is its own separate thread for only the downsized Superior Cadillac ambulances.
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