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Old 05-16-2011, 10:18 PM
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I went to my first show tonight. Given the weather was a little on the crappy side I took the Pinner. Eleven cars showed up to compete for five trophies and my Pinner took Sponsor's Choice. WhooHoo! Oh and on the way home, got a lead on another car.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:32 PM
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Is taking the Pinner slang for I drove the van? Congrats on the win.
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Is taking the Pinner slang for I drove the van? Congrats on the win.
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That is exactly what it means.
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It isn't a Pinner... it is a Pinner wannabe... It is a Mid American... Please have respect for the Pinner name!!!!!!
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Congradulations Ron. I'm about to die to get the 76 out to a show or chruis in soon. I haven't ben to any this year yet,

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Old 05-16-2011, 11:09 PM
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It isn't a Pinner... it is a Pinner wannabe... It is a Mid American... Please have respect for the Pinner name!!!!!!
It is kind of like the old butter........Parkay commercial. You say Mid American but you open the door and it says Pinner.
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It isn't a Pinner... it is a Pinner wannabe... It is a Mid American... Please have respect for the Pinner name!!!!!!
No no no. Jack and Tom said that, while Gene Knisely got the contract to sell van ambulances to the State of Kansas, he wasn't building ambulances, so he got Pinner to build them. (It's like our local Chevy dealer getting a contract to sell police cars, the dealer wins the contract but the vehicles are built by Chevy, not the dealership). After the Pinner plant burned and the company closed, Tom Pinner went out to KC and partnered with Gene and that's when Mid-Continent Conversions was started. So Ron's van is legitimately a Pinner.

Congratulations, Ron, that's probably the first time ever that a van ambulance has won an award at an antique car show!
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Congrats on a trophy Ron!

If the judges were blindfolded another Pinner would give you a run for your money LOL

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Nice job Ron! Always a plus to see any of our cars do well at car shows.
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No no no. Jack and Tom said that, while Gene Knisely got the contract to sell van ambulances to the State of Kansas, he wasn't building ambulances, so he got Pinner to build them. After the Pinner plant burned and the company closed, Tom Pinner went out to KC and partnered with Gene and that's when Mid-Continent Conversions was started.
Gene Knisley started selling S&S as well as Pinner in 1967 while working full-time as a funeral director. While he had these vans built by Pinner for the Missouri contract, they were badged as MCC products. When Gene's plant (known by then as Stratus Specialty Vehicles) burned in 1990, he had some existing orders completed by Taylor and CRS Coach. While built by other manufacturers, they were still sold as Stratus products. Superior did this as well when they had some of their Pontiac and Buick products built by Armbruster over the years.

I sold Stratus products from April of 1991 through July of 1994. The Knisleys are back (still?) in business, selling new McCoy-Millers as well as new and used ambulances, busses, and medicars:

http://uscoachworks.net/home/index.php?page=home
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