My old Queensland Ambulance
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I meant to email Steven Harris along time ago to show him some photos but I thought I will post here. He might log on and have a read.

It is a 1985 XF Falcon that was originally a wagon ( that is why it has four doors) , the Ambulance service purchased it new and converted it. They were used at rural locations in the Queensland outback. I found it at a garage sale. Luckily I knew of another one locally and finally convinced the owner to sell it and I have used it as a donor. The donor has a fair bit of rust but nothing that couldn't be fixed if we wanted to put it back on the road.

I have owned it for about a year and a half now. Back in March after having it for around 12 months and the furthest I had been in it was around 200km round trip I decided I would drive it to the 40th anniversary for Mad Max 2 movie which was held at the town where the movie was filmed (Silverton). It ended up being just over 3000km round trip. I was nervous as the car hadn't been looked after before I got it but it was awesome and the only thing that broke was the drivers outside door handle. I camped in it, it was a great trip. Here's some photos in no particular order.


    The car as it is now 
    The donor car
   
   
    My two cars
    Camping out at a truck stop
    Outside police station at Wilcannia
    Broken Hill
    South Australian border
    Mad Max museum in Silverton
    Mad Max compound
    Mad Max compound
   
   
    The garage sale ad photo, He was going to sell two of the three cars and whichever one didn't sell was going to keep which ended up being the white wagon.
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#2
Now that's a Cool old rig. Most all Ambulances over here are built on 1 Ton truck chassis, and have a large box on the back, tall enough you can stand up in them. They are pretty well equipped, and are usually manned by 2 EMT's / Paramedics. If they can't save you, you were probably dead anyway.  I almost bought one, as they could be had for $1500.00. We have an Ambulance factory a few miles from me, and they sell off the old ones from time to time. I wanted to make a car hauler out of one, unfortunately I never found just the right one. Maybe someday. I can see yours being a great camper rig! 

JTS
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#3
Very cool! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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#4
So very cool!

I just had the most wonderful phone conversation with Steve O - just calling to check on me.  Thank you so very much - what a true mate!

My apologies to all on the forum for my complete lack of presence.  I am just completely busy with life which sadly has not included hobby cars.

Not that I still don't have them - or the dream!  I'll have to post an update.

BUT thank you Steve O for taking the initiative to personally check in with me!  What a great mate!

All the best with the new project.
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(06-28-2023, 09:54 AM)Steven Harris Wrote: So very cool!

I just had the most wonderful phone conversation with Steve O - just calling to check on me.  Thank you so very much - what a true mate!

My apologies to all on the forum for my complete lack of presence.  I am just completely busy with life which sadly has not included hobby cars.

Not that I still don't have them - or the dream!  I'll have to post an update.

BUT thank you Steve O for taking the initiative to personally check in with me!  What a great mate!

All the best with the new project.

I have not had much Mustang time either for almost a year. We are in the process of moving to a new home. I fell backwards down the stairs, trying to carry a half sheet of plywood up the stairs. I fractured my pelvis in 3 places and had a hematoma on my bladder. My whole hip and groin was black (not black and blue). I spent 16 days in the hospital back in January. After a few months of physical therapy, I'm back on my feet and walking around unassisted. I have to keep reminding myself my mind thinks my body is younger than my years! I drove my 73 convertible to the new house, but my 04 Mach 1 is still at the old house in the garage about 45 minutes away. 

Great to hear from some of the original members here. 

 
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#6
Wow Dude. Glad to hear you're healing, and back on your feet. I hear you loud, and clear on this age Bullshit! I always thought I was 10 foot tall, and bullet proof! I mean I suffered 2 broken legs, one back in 77 and the other in 82. But it didn't much more then slow me down for a bit, then get out of the way. Now at 64 my dexterity is GONE, my balance is not what it once was, and I walk into stuff like it jumped in front of me. What the heck's up with this????  I still have the mindset of, if I think it, I can do it!!!! Unfortunately my body is telling me, Don't Bet On It!  Naughty I'm not a slow or patient type of person. So telling me to go sit down, and be quiet. Simply frustrates the HE double hockey sticks out of me. 

Great to hear from you. Take care, and I hope everything goes well from here on out.  Pray

JTS
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