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#1 David G.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:11 AM

I bought two of the Ecto 1-A kits; one to build as the Ecto 1 and this one to convert back into a hearse.

 

 

Smoothing the roof...

 

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More to come later.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Edited by David G., 30 April 2013 - 02:47 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:52 AM

Cool project! I have one in my mind since so many time. I'll keep an eye on this build.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:14 AM

Keeping an eye on this one. I want to see how much it takes to convert it since I've akways thought about doing the same.

Later-

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

I have always wanted to do this ... I'll be watching this one too!  I have the Johan '66 Cad Ambulance to build also ... gp



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:05 PM

I believe, because of the rear windows, and the rear doors opening "normally" this was a hearse-ambulance-limo combination and could be used for any of those purposese. A hearse only would have the quarter windows filled and the rear doors would be "suicide".

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

Good luck David, been wanting to do this my self, going to be watching



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

The '59 Cadillac hearse was built by several manufacturers(S&S, Miller-Meteor, etc...) and all were offered with either forward, or suicide (3-way, side loader) doors, and the rear windows were covered on both models.

 

I have converted many of these bodies David, it's not too hard to do. Just take a piece of card stock and hold it on the inside of the body, and use a pencil to draw the shape of the window, and cut it out about 1/8th of an inch outside the line you drew. Transfer that to sheet plastic, and reverse it for the other window. Good luck with your build! B)


Edited by Custom Hearse, 19 February 2013 - 03:29 PM.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

i did the same first hearse build and its fun but i might do some more detail next time,

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

I will be watching this one too.

I started one of these conversions with an original issue.

Now with the kit back out, I want to do more.

 

One thing for anyone making a Stock Ambulance or hearse. The Step Bumper in the kitwas not offered

untill the 60 model year.

Too bad that AMT/Round2 did not tool up a Standard bumper for this re-issue

since they did see fit to include the decals from Both the First & Second movies.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:12 AM

It is funny that you are changing a ecto to a hearse and it is the coolest thing. But if they never made the ecto it would be the coolest thing to turn a hearse into an ecto

Ether way it is cool. I have a ecto with hopes of making it into a ecto prostreet tubbed out beast

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:03 AM

I've decided to use the Monogram Pink Cadillac I picked up at a swap meet as a donor. 

 

Looks like I'm going all-out on this one.  I've already cut the frame from the car so I can stretch it to fit under the hearse.

 

I'll try to get some pics up later.

 

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:07 AM

Thanks for all the feedback.

 

I'd thought about building a side-loader... for about thirty seconds. If I did that, I'd have to open the doors, otherwise, what would be the point?

 

I will open the hood, though.

 

The front seat proportions are a bit off, so it's going to have to go.

 

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The ugly seat is gone, now I've got to find a replacement. As far as the cargo area, I'll probably rebuild most of it.

 

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Here's my donor kit, a Monogram 1959 Pink Cadillac built by somebody else. I found it a few years ago at a swap meet.

 

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That's all for now. As always, feedback and input is always welcome.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:40 AM

Hmmm... A pink Caddy hearse. Gives a whole new meaning to the lyrics:

 

"Pink Cadillac, plush leather seats, RIDING IN THE BACK..." :lol:



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Hmmm... A pink Caddy hearse. Gives a whole new meaning to the lyrics:

 

"Pink Cadillac, plush leather seats, RIDING IN THE BACK..." :lol:

 

No, I'm afraid this one will be in traditional black.

 

Interesting idea though.

 

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

Black sounds good to me!!!



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

David,

     If you have no aversion to e-bay, there's a seller on there by the handle Three Inches Under who sells 1:24 - 1:25 scale hearse and ambulance parts and details.  His merchandise is top quality and highly esoteric; everything from caskets to embalming equipment.  I've purchased several items from him to attempt to convert the '50 Olds into a "hearse that never was".

 

     On a side note, for a little inspiration, do a search for the Hearse Girls :wub: .


Edited by Shardik, 22 February 2013 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

David,

     If you have no aversion to e-bay, there's a seller on there by the handle Three Inches Under who sells 1:24 - 1:25 scale hearse and ambulance parts and details.  His merchandise is top quality and highly esoteric; everything from caskets to embalming equipment.  I've purchased several items from him to attempt to convert the '50 Olds into a "hearse that never was".

 

     On a side note, for a little inspiration, do a search for the Hearse Girls :wub: .

 

 

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into that!

 

David G.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:17 PM

The hearse girls are on the Denver Hearse Association's website.

 

http://www.hearseclu...earse_girls.htm

 

http://www.hearseclub.com/


Edited by Custom Hearse, 22 February 2013 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:00 AM

I have a small update on the Ecto-1/Hearse project.

 

 

I've cut the donor frame to allow for for the extension.

 

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Primer and wet sanding on the body.

 

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As always, all comments are welcome.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

David G.


Edited by David G., 26 January 2014 - 03:38 AM.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:11 AM

Good progress so far. Cool conversion.