: A Pictorial History of the 88 Hearse!

11-20-10, 02:20 AM
Well its been a while and i finally have a way to upload pics so i thought i would give an update on the 88 Superior Hearse with only 53K miles on her that i bought for $700 in the spring.

Here is what she looked like when i first saw her...
She needed brake lines and a battery.... but drove her on an hour ride home with no problems!
Here she is at home with her original hubcaps..
Two of the Royal seal tires were shot so i had to throw a set of Cooper whitewalls on her that i had laying around and put a set of wire caps on... also had to get a new wiper motor.
Ordered some custom license plates... DECEASED.
Took her to a local cruise night... immediate center of attention!
Here she is with my triple black 91 Brougham... my two black beauties!
Had some more work done, needed new tranny lines, valve cover gaskets, belts, and an oil pan.... and i ordered some 2 inch white wall tires and put them on some Dayton wire wheels!
And then out to a cemetery for some play time!
She is in storage now, but i have plans for her... I want to drop in a bigger engine more suitable for such a big car. And also do a duel exhaust. And a repaint, there is minimal rust but the clearcoat is peeling in spots and hood is cracking. But I love her, and i think she is looking great ! What do you guys think??

11-20-10, 07:51 AM
not a hearse man myself...but she looks good :D

11-20-10, 08:11 AM
Nice transformation! It looks great.

11-20-10, 09:18 AM
looking good

11-20-10, 01:17 PM
Very nice!

11-20-10, 01:23 PM
Any info about those wire wheels? From a distance, they look just like the original Cadillac ones!

11-20-10, 04:51 PM
You got a great deal,it looks great, try removing those chrome door protectors,and see how much nicer it looks.

11-20-10, 11:42 PM
Easily the most beautiful machine on the forum, hands down. Mine will never look nearly that well.

Whitewalls look alien to me, but certainly fit right in.

11-20-10, 11:50 PM

Mine may be rusted to the point of falling apart and have an upturned front bumper, but my wheels aren't Daytons. Different hood ornament too.

11-21-10, 06:40 PM
Thanks for the comments guys! I loved her at first ... then went threw a series of problems with her and started thinking about selling her, then put a little work into her, cleaned her up and threw those wheels and tires on her.... and man i cant stop looking at her! She still has a few problems but will continue to be my work in progress as i said.

Yeah i have to take those chrome door protectors off, they are peeling/ the chrome film is coming off. I was considering doing a side loader (suicide door) mod to her before she is repainted, but not sure if it would be worth it or how much workit would be(but there is no power/wires to the rear doors, so could be just a matter of relocating the handle and hinges and lock set up)... also have some fender skirts i thought about doing to make her different, and everyone i have shown the car to thinks they would look awesome...want them to blend in with the body more though than others i have seen with them tho. And the biggest thing is the engine, she really has no power to her...and hill climbing is a joke, so that takes the fun out of driving her sometimes. I want to throw in bigger more powerful engine(but i am nott looking for a 500 hp beast or anything) just something with torque and that will look good at a car show! Also want to do the duels that come out behind the rear wheels.
And then a repaint, black of course and a red pinstripe. Want to change the curtains to red crushed velvet and do red velvet in hte back. I got some red neons for under the car to compliment her interior. Want to do lights around the ceiling in back too. I am working on an old child's casket i got from the funeral home i work for to match too. Also want to change the grill to either a 89 - 92 style grill or maybe an all chrome E&G grill.

As for the Dayton wheels, i bought them on Ebay for $500 a while back to go on my 93 Fleetwood. They are 5x5 bolt pattern for the rear drive caddies, i like them because they do look a lot like the factory wires, but they have some more spokes i think. I ended up getting a set of factory chromes from a 94 brougham for my 93 and never used them. So there they were waiting for the hearse.... and I think they look perfect!
The center caps say dayton tho, so i am trying to find small discs with the caddy logo....

11-22-10, 12:28 AM
Woot. I have red undercar neons too. If you're going with actual neon lighting, expect to need more than the standard "universal" sets. Actually, I have four extra bulbs lying around someplace and probably a few transformers. In the end, my car had three 30,000V transformers for undercar neon alone. Never liked the Hearses with the red pinstripe myself. even though I agree it looks nice. the pinstripe in red would look good with red curtains though. Contemplated changing the curtains in mine a billion times. Florida sunlight would bleach most fabric if I allowed it to. Caskets are a necessity. Always keep a few lying around, myself.

11-22-10, 01:54 AM
Yeah i picked up a Redline neon underbody light kit for $50. It came with two 48" tubes and two 36" tubes, but i think i might add two more tubes since the body is soo long.
The curtains in my car are different.... in the day light they are old looking off white, but at night or when light hits them they sparkle as there is metallic silver thread throughout them. AT night they are really cool looking, but in they day they show there age and i dont care for them. But i want to ad red cruched velvet to the rear interior (roof liner, etc.) so i think making some custom curtains would look really cool. And crushed velvet is perfect for a hearse. I am doing the casket lining in it too.

As for the pinstripe, i like a pinstripe on a brougham i think it compliments the body lines, and i think the reed would go well with the car, but it needs to be thin! i hate thick pinstripes.

Well here is a concept pic of what i am thinking about doing to the car...

Rough idea but i think it looks pretty cool.

11-22-10, 03:50 AM
If you don't like the curtains as they are why not try dying them a dark maroon or red or whatever, bonus is you may still have the metal thread effect too.

11-22-10, 04:34 PM
Yes, I am quite familiar with the curtains in your car. My car has them too, but I like my white pinstripe.

11-23-10, 08:48 PM
I need to get some curtains for my car :O You are lucky to find your car so cheap. Mine has that same red interior in the rear

11-25-10, 06:03 AM
You both have beautiful cars. My car may always be a piece of crap, but at least I know someone out there got a nice one like mine for a good deal. Mine was $3650 and people tell me that's way too high, but hey. I like it.