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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Just got home from a wake in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Just an awful scene. 28 years old, 2 young kids, one of 9 siblings in his family. Rammed into a ...
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    Just got home from a wake

    Just an awful scene. 28 years old, 2 young kids, one of 9 siblings in his family. Rammed into a tractor trailer on a motorcycle. You only get to do that once. His kids were there, obviously hadn't really absorbed the fact that they weren't going to see their dad again. Really gut wrenching experience. But, I'm a car guy and I can't shut that off.

    Leaving the funeral home, I spotted a '94 Fleetwood hearse. I had to check it out without my girlfriend noticing that I was checking it out. But I got caught, and after telling me how awful I was, encouraged me to talk to the owner about it. It looked to me like it hadn't run in a while. Had 2 flat tires and needs paint at least on the hood, maybe other places. The ginormous vinyl top is in good shape, as is the tan leather interior. It looks to me like except for the hood, the car will clean up nicely.

    I talked to the owner and he said he had the engine rebuilt and was about to trade it in, along with his Deville hearse for a shiny new hearse. He said he didn't think he was going to get much for the '94 and I could have it for whatever the dealer offers him. I'm really only interested in the body parts - bumpers, trim, etc. that's still in good shape. So if the price is appropriate for those parts I might snag it.

    BUT, if the price is more whole-car like I'll post back here to see if anyone is interested in it. It's in Passaic, NJ.

    And, unrelated, the guy said that the Fleetwood was the best hearse he'd owned. Smooth, powerful. Hates the Deville :-)

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    Oh yeah, the funeral director said that when the hearse dealers buy these old cars they get shipped off to South America where they get put back into service. I thought that was an interesting, but nearly completely useless piece of information.

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    That'dd be interesting to see. You gonna go for it?

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    Just an awful scene. 28 years old, 2 young kids, one of 9 siblings in his family. Rammed into a tractor trailer on a motorcycle. You only get to do that once. His kids were there, obviously hadn't really absorbed the fact that they weren't going to see their dad again. Really gut wrenching experience. But, I'm a car guy and I can't shut that off.

    Leaving the funeral home, I spotted a '94 Fleetwood hearse. I had to check it out without my girlfriend noticing that I was checking it out. But I got caught, and after telling me how awful I was, encouraged me to talk to the owner about it. It looked to me like it hadn't run in a while. Had 2 flat tires and needs paint at least on the hood, maybe other places. The ginormous vinyl top is in good shape, as is the tan leather interior. It looks to me like except for the hood, the car will clean up nicely.

    I talked to the owner and he said he had the engine rebuilt and was about to trade it in, along with his Deville hearse for a shiny new hearse. He said he didn't think he was going to get much for the '94 and I could have it for whatever the dealer offers him. I'm really only interested in the body parts - bumpers, trim, etc. that's still in good shape. So if the price is appropriate for those parts I might snag it.

    BUT, if the price is more whole-car like I'll post back here to see if anyone is interested in it. It's in Passaic, NJ.

    And, unrelated, the guy said that the Fleetwood was the best hearse he'd owned. Smooth, powerful. Hates the Deville :-)

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    Oh yeah, the funeral director said that when the hearse dealers buy these old cars they get shipped off to South America where they get put back into service. I thought that was an interesting, but nearly completely useless piece of information.
    You already have a limo. Go for the whole Hearse too. lol lol

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Sorry to hear about your friend, Jimmy. Though, I suspect he'd approve of you eyeing the hearse.

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    After sleeping on it, it's too nice to part out (unless I get it for next to nothing). If the price is right I'll snag it and probably try to flip it. A friend of mine drives and older Fleetwood hearse and is interested in it.
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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Not to get a thread rolling about funeral stories, but when I was at my Grandpa's funeral about 7 years ago, I had only had my Brougham for about a year, and when I rolled into the lot of the parlor, all the funeral directors started eyeing it like a piece of meat. It was kind of funny, actually. Most of them were older gentlemen, and immediately started reminiscing about how excellent the big old Caddies were as service vehicles, and how much they disliked the new DTS hearses and limos they had. They ended up putting my Brougham up front in the funeral procession, right behind the hearse and the limo because it looked so nice. I didn't mind. Growing up, it was my grandpa's Cadillacs that got me to love big cars, and he would have appreciated it.
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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    After sleeping on it, it's too nice to part out (unless I get it for next to nothing). If the price is right I'll snag it and probably try to flip it. A friend of mine drives and older Fleetwood hearse and is interested in it.
    I knew it! Add a Hearse to the Cadillac Stable.

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Dude didn't call today. I'll call him tomorrow. That thing is going to be a tough sell for anyone but weirdos like me. The idea of a matching hearse is growing on me.

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    Dude didn't call today. I'll call him tomorrow. That thing is going to be a tough sell for anyone but weirdos like me. The idea of a matching hearse is growing on me.
    Just beat him down on price.

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    Dude didn't call today. I'll call him tomorrow. That thing is going to be a tough sell for anyone but weirdos like me. The idea of a matching hearse is growing on me.
    You also reminded me---call him up and say Dude Where's My Car?

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    My condolences about your friend, but seeing as he surely knows you, I am sure he is laughing already at the idea of you buying the Hearse.

    That being said, that is one of those urbanized customs that is still new to me. Back home, we could be as blatant about anything we wanted at a wake or funeral. In fact, the Funerals I've been to (both those I was at because I was working and those I was present at for people I'd known who have passed away) ALL had quite an assortment of Hearses show up (prior to moving to Florida however. My last Funeral here, I opted not to drive my Cadillac. My friend who had passed would have been fine with it, but his family did not know me and probably did not desire to see that)

    In closing, everyone hates the DeVille Hearses. Even the dealerships. A sister of mine owns a 2012 though, which has grown on me.

    Personally, I am just not a fan of modern cars. The creep me out. All plastic and funny-shaped. I was just discussing in another thread though that if I WERE in the market for a modern car, I would still stay Loyal to Superior Coaches (hands down the greatest cars ever built). I did not think I would like the new Diplomat models, but I actually have become rather fond of them, so far as new cars go.
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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Sorry such a terrible thing happened to your friend. IDK how to saw this without seeming insensitive....I need a windshield for mine! Yes, I'm a vulture. I'm pretty far from you, but keep me in mind if you buy it for parts. I'm sure I'll need some other things too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    After sleeping on it, it's too nice to part out (unless I get it for next to nothing). If the price is right I'll snag it and probably try to flip it. A friend of mine drives and older Fleetwood hearse and is interested in it.
    Just saw this... Keep me in mind anyway!

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Thing is, I didn't know the guy that well. Was a friend's brother, that I met through my GF. They're all good people so I wanted to pay my respects. Not being totally comfortable, I didn't want to make it obvious that I was negotiating the purchase of the hearse at this guy's wake.

    But there I was, in the office talking shop with the owner. And that happened to be where the water cooler was, where everyone was filling up because it was hot outside. But, I didn't know many people at the wake so most assumed I worked there.

    I'll give the guy a call tomorrow. I just dig unique cars. Hearses and limos are unique and built for specific purposes. They come with a certain amount of curiosity, particularly the old ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faith76 View Post
    Just saw this... Keep me in mind anyway!
    No worries - I will.
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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Talked to the owner today. He said fortunately (or unfortunately) it's been really busy at the funeral home. Hasn't had time to deal with the old Caddies. Said he won't make a move without talking to me first. So I'll let it soak for another week or so. I'm not in a hurry, but it would really be nice to add another professional car to the collection.

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    Re: Just got home from a wake

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    Talked to the owner today. He said fortunately (or unfortunately) it's been really busy at the funeral home. Hasn't had time to deal with the old Caddies. Said he won't make a move without talking to me first. So I'll let it soak for another week or so. I'm not in a hurry, but it would really be nice to add another professional car to the collection.
    When you say professional car, it makes it sound like it was used in a bordello.

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