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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Chiron » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:12 pm

1958 Ford Mainline and Specificatiions plus required Modifications for Ambulance Use
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Amie_45 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:05 pm

GM wrote:Around about 1953 I visited my relations in West Wyalong, they were living in the Ambulance Station and he (John Martyn) was the Ambulance Superintendent.
The Chev MF 454 was the first ambulance in West Wyalong and was retired not long after the photo was taken.
The 1951 Chev had been modified from a normal sedan, as it was difficult to get new ambulances at that stage.
When It was retired it was reworked and spent many years in the local area as a sedan. GM


Hi!
John Martyn was my husbands pop and we were wondering if you also were related?
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby GM » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:16 am

Hi Amie, yes I am related to John Martyn by marriage, his wife Norma was my cousin, she was an Edwards.
My mother made her wedding dress.
Would like to hear from you, please PM me. GM
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby GM » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:21 am

The Bland Shire Chev Ambulance with Driver Harry Edwards at my parents home in Granville.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Sarah1 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:35 am

GM wrote:The Bland Shire Chev Ambulance with Driver Harry Edwards at my parents home in Granville.


Hi GM,
I'm Norma and Johns granddaughter. I've sent you a friend request on here as I can't seem to PM as a new member. Would be great to touch base.
I've heard about your Mums fantastic sewing skills (from Marj) and seen her work first hand, was lovely.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Swift » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:44 am

Des anyone know if the NSW ambulance service is due to sell off any of their Mercedes fleet? I saw one the other day and they would make a great camper or other use you could come up with.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby boronia » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:20 pm

They only have a fairly short shelf life, maybe 2-3 years, possibly leased through government supply contracts.

Plenty of second hand ones floating about, check Pickles or Mannheim auctions.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Swift » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:25 pm

They would be worked pretty hard I'd imagine. Beware of relatively small capacity highly turbo European power plants flogged from cold!!
The interiors look great though.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Clance66 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:13 pm

Hello all, great topic on the Ambulances.
I have just recently purchased an International Harvester AA120 4x4 ex ambulance & am trying to find out it's history so I can restore it back to original. The vehicle was located in Rubyvale, Qld & I'm led to believe it was a rescue/ambulance vehicle in the Carnarvon Gorge area?
It still has the dickie seat for the attendant & holes in the roof for lights & sirens ( long gone unfortunately ).
Would anyone know anything about these Inters or have some pictures? The vehicle is around the 1959 vintage.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,

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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby boronia » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:14 am

Can you post a picture of it?
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Hornibrook » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:54 pm

I have several images of QLD & NSW ambulances built by Athol Hedges Pty Ltd in the late 1940s up to the 1960s if anyone is interested.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Swift » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:49 pm

Hornibrook wrote:I have several images of QLD & NSW ambulances built by Athol Hedges Pty Ltd in the late 1940s up to the 1960s if anyone is interested.

Does this mean Domino and later Austral, also made Ambuli?
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Hornibrook » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:38 am

Swift wrote:
Hornibrook wrote:I have several images of QLD & NSW ambulances built by Athol Hedges Pty Ltd in the late 1940s up to the 1960s if anyone is interested.

Does this mean Domino and later Austral, also made Ambuli?

Unfortunately not, the images do not cover those later years.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby harrymcn » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:28 pm

Hi, I have a 1934 Terraplane ambulance which may have been built by Athol Hedges. Any photos of old ambulances would be great. Just google Terraplane ambulance to see photos of my car
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Coover » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:29 pm

Clance66 wrote:Hello all, great topic on the Ambulances.
I have just recently purchased an International Harvester AA120 4x4 ex ambulance & am trying to find out it's history so I can restore it back to original. The vehicle was located in Rubyvale, Qld & I'm led to believe it was a rescue/ambulance vehicle in the Carnarvon Gorge area?
It still has the dickie seat for the attendant & holes in the roof for lights & sirens ( long gone unfortunately ).
Would anyone know anything about these Inters or have some pictures? The vehicle is around the 1959 vintage.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,

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Hi, I've just joined this forum as I research info as part of my pursuit of a Denning, MCI or Silver Eagle coach.
Anyway, I'm a retired paramedic and still heavily involved with the QAS museum and the QAS retired officers' organization.
I've copied your photo and will see what I can find. I have occasional access to just about the complete QATB fleet up to '92.
I can tell you what the signwriting would be, roof signage and equipment inside.
A late response admittedly.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Coover » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:04 pm

Swift wrote:Des anyone know if the NSW ambulance service is due to sell off any of their Mercedes fleet? I saw one the other day and they would make a great camper or other use you could come up with.

As a retired paramedic, I can attest that these get a tough life from new. Hard driving from cold starts, and pretty much treated like a shiny but well stocked rental car. The worst ones to get are any ex ambulances with low KMs. That usually suggests a dud vehicle that crews tried to avoid or spent a lot of time out of service. If something goes wrong, you try and get back to station so that at least you can have a feed while filling out the defect report. Any loud engine/drivetrain noises get drowned out by the stereo!
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Swift » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:20 pm

Coover wrote:
Swift wrote:Des anyone know if the NSW ambulance service is due to sell off any of their Mercedes fleet? I saw one the other day and they would make a great camper or other use you could come up with.

As a retired paramedic, I can attest that these get a tough life from new. Hard driving from cold starts, and pretty much treated like a shiny but well stocked rental car. The worst ones to get are any ex ambulances with low KMs. That usually suggests a dud vehicle that crews tried to avoid or spent a lot of time out of service. If something goes wrong, you try and get back to station so that at least you can have a feed while filling out the defect report. Any loud engine/drivetrain noises get drowned out by the stereo!

I have heard they get started every eight hours or something like that. If so, at least the oil hasn't had a chance to drain almost completely from the friction surfaces into the sump. Plus the engine is made by the Germans. That could help -or not due to tight tolerances.
Buses get treated hard from cold as well, yet they manage to be durable. You certainly make a very valid point about their hard life.
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby LB608 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:51 pm

There are at least 2 on Gumtree in NSW at the moment
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Re: Historic Ambulances

Postby Coover » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:54 am

Sometimes ambulances will sit longer. Where I was stationed we had 8 Sprinters. Six were your standard 319 emergency response units, and two long wheel base patient transport units. The PTS units were only used Monday to Friday.
The others were rostered for a particular shift. for example, unit 123 was the "Primary Day Shift" unit, 124 "Primary Afternoon shift" unit, and 125 "Primary Night shift" unit. The support crew work days/afternoons. Anyway, on average an ambulance will sit cold for about 12 hours before being used next. At start of shift you do an engine/electrical/equipment check, and give the engine a quick run to check the warning equipment. Most often you jump in, start a cold engine unit, and within a minute or so you're doing the "stomp hard" accelerating, and using the Sprintshift to help you go a bit faster.
If anybody was in the market for a retired unit, one thing I'd seriously look at apart from the drive train is cracks or holes in the fittings. You'd be surprised how much body fluid finds it's way into nooks and crannies regardless of design or how well you clean out the floor. I've even hosed out the back of a Sprinter on the odd occasion.
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