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Old 08-14-2012, 09:53 PM
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Greetings from Ohio,
Today was a very good day. Any day you spend chasing something with wheels is a good day. Dwayne Brooks and I spent the day going to Indiana to get a 1991 Eagle coach. Dwayne will be posting pictures later. He needed to get home with the 'new' toy and get some sleep. He has been up for 2 days now with his work schedule. I have already told him if buyers remorse sets in I will be glad to help him out. This is a very nice 91 coach.
We left Dwayne's just after he got home from work this morning. It was nearly 5 hours to Butler Coach to make this deal happen. Made for a long day but well worth it.
Dwayne will fill more details with the pictures.
Congrats to Dwayne on the purchase of one of his dream coaches.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:22 PM
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I called Mike and asked if he felt like a road trip. Of course he's ALWAYS up for a road trip so off we went to Butle Coach in Carbon, Indiana. I'd dealt on a 1991 Buick hearse by Eagle and we were both excited to get there!

I've been in the market for a "driver" hearse all spring/summer but hadn't seen anything that sparked an interest, but did try to buy Brad Ross's Superior and Rocky's Eagle with no luck... so went on a quest for an Eagle because I didn't want commercial glass this time.

We finally found Butler Coach and were really made to feel welcome by Ron King. Mike and I walked around and took some photos of an old 1983 Mercedes Grazia Hearse they have for sale for $2500:





After driving the Eagle I really liked it and asked Mike his opinion... he said "What's there to think about!" because he likes it as much as I do. So I asked Ron if they have any old coach nameplates left behind over the years and he said they did... so I said to throw in a set of nameplates and we have a deal. While preparing to leave I asked about the old gurney... Ron said "Load it up and get it outa here" so Mike and I wrestled it out of the barn & into the hearse too!


The ride home was a pleasure, the coach drives well and loves the freeways. The mix & match tires made the ride a little rough... but you know me, they ended up in a nice neat stack today anyway.

So here she is... my newest hearse!!!

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Old 08-15-2012, 09:30 PM
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The wheels were NOT an easy fit. I had to trim the inner lip of the rear quarters for clearance with a die grinder. Was pleasantly surprised to find they are mostly fiberglass.
THANK YOU so much for riding along Mike! It would have been a boring trip without you... especially after working all night and then driving 11 hours!


If anyone has ever considered shopping Butler Coach, I highly recommend them if you're ever in the market for a new or used hearse!

http://www.butlercoach.com/
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:25 PM
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congrads...very nice looking coach.
I know how excited I was when I got my 87 Eureka

enjoy

Mike
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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Dwayne,
You seemed to have got a lot done after a bit of sleep. A little soap and water did wonders. One reason I like this coach is that it is a Buick.
I have the cure for buyers remorse if you come down with it.
Thanks for posting the pictures.
When is the next trip?
Mike
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:37 AM
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Very handsome Eagle Buick, Dwayne! What was that limo-style hearse behind Mike in the shed? Looks like a Buick something, previous generation to yours. That Italian bodied Benz looks like their take on a M-M Eterna!
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:48 AM
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Very handsome Eagle Buick, Dwayne! What was that limo-style hearse behind Mike in the shed? Looks like a Buick something, previous generation to yours. That Italian bodied Benz looks like their take on a M-M Eterna!
That's the Mercedes John. They have had it for many years, took it in as partial payment on a hearse and no one has expressed interest in it yet. Figured it might spark some attention on here... the price is right and it's a British import yet it IS left hand drive like our cars. Paging Patrick Martin... you like the one of a kind coaches!
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:20 AM
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Congrats dwayne, very fine looking coach.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:17 AM
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I can't say for certain, however, the Mercedes looks like one that was owned by a funeral home in Shrewsbury MA. It was gray back then, and that is about all that I remember about it. I inquired once to learn what became of it, and all that they knew that it "went out west" after it was traded.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:24 AM
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very nice new ride Dwayne, it should fit in the stable well.
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