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Old 09-16-2014, 11:37 PM
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Default '69 C-B Olds Ambulance Has a New Home

A couple weeks ago, we discussed the '69 C-B Olds Ambulance that was for sale on e-bay, in this thread. Tonight, I met the new owner!

(But first, some background, since I do not believe in short stories. If you want to skip this part, you can. I was a member of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in MD from 1980 to 1993. I grew up in the area. I have been involved with a youth EMS program called the First Aid Unit since 1977 and am the Chairman now. The First Aid Unit was an Explorer Post sponsored by a fire department, and the sponsorship will end this year. My old department, Wheaton, agreed to become the new sponsor. And I am applying once again for membership, though I am not yet a member. Tonight, I attended a department meeting to introduce the program to the Squad members.)

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in MD is a proud old squad, founded in 1955 and still functioning today. At their meeting tonight, it was announced that one of the Alumni Members had purchased this '69 C-B, and is going to donate it to the Squad to near-replicate one of their old rigs. It will become a PR and parade unit! I am very excited. And though I have submitted an application, I am not yet a member of the Squad, the Chief appointed me to be on the committee for it's restoration and care.

The new owner is very enthusiastic, and talked to me before and after the meeting. He will be picking up the ambulance on Saturday. He asked me if I knew how to join the PCS - well, I think I do. He will be a member of PCS and Mid-Atlantic Chapter soon.

Wheaton never owned a '69, but did own three '70 C-B Olds ambulances, as shown below.

Wow, who'd'a thought....
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:43 PM
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Steve: great post! I am certain you will guide them and they will come to have a first rate parade vehicle. What better home to see this car come to.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:56 AM
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Steve that is great,they have talent on the committee,and hopefully we will get to see it at the international in 2016
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:46 AM
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Thatís great and Iím glad the car has found a new home where it will be preserved, cared for, and respected for years to come. This greatly reduces the chances of this vehicle ever becoming an Ecto or purchased by someone who would customize it into a party limo or a goth-mobile.

Too bad they didnít buy the white 1970 C/B thatís up north in a junk yard and restore that one,(Thats would have been much more of a project) but when finished it could have looked identical to the one they previously owned but still a great save nonetheless!
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nice to see it has a new home and we have a new member.
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Steve and others: Great story and I am glad they got it. I was going to bid on it also to "replicate" the one we one had here, but it was a long ways away and the department retirees here were pretty insistent on getting a 1968... even though the difference seemed only to be a minor change in the grille inserts? THX-MM
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Besides the year, the big difference is the tunnel lights. That was a topic of discussion between the Chief and the new owner (and me) last night. The Chief is ready to take a cutting torch and cut them off, and replace them with the Junior beacons as the original had. The owner and the rest of us on the committee aren't so excited about that. Junior beacons can be found, but folks were concerned that cutting off the tunnel lights would be a lot of work and destroy the integrity of the car that this is. I'm glad that others felt like I did. Not sure how it's going to go just yet, we'll see.
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Cutting those elongated tunnel lights will in fact compromise the integrity of the roof but they will have ot learn the hard way and it will be costly. As well it will destroy an already almost pristine example of an original car which is rare in itself.

This is why I would suggest them finding that all white 1970 in the junk yard and buying it to restore if they are so serious about historically correct details. However its their car and its their rodeo.
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I agree that removing the tunnels might be a big mistake. Our's out here was IDENTICAL including the tunnels, center mounted Q and a 184 on the roof. Only difference was that it was ALL RED and twin Unity Spots.
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Great news Steve, thanks for sharing it with us. A nice old ambulance to a good home, you can't beat that!
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