Tow Trucks.

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11 Feb 2011 03:35 #19187 by kedeuel2008
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<!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Does anyone know if any Duesenberg were converted into Tow Trucks, Hearse's, Ambulance's So on and so forth ?. <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Kim

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11 Feb 2011 07:02 #19192 by silverghost
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My great uncle William "Wild Bill" Hunter" sold a model J Duesey to his buddy Howard Hughes who later stripped-off the aft section of it's body to use this Duesenberg as a glider tow car at a small local airport.
Sadly no photo exists of this car in it's glider towing configuration.
The car was later found as a bare rolling chassis & drive train in the 1950s. A reproduction body has since been installed on this car !

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11 Feb 2011 17:20 #19196 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: Desecrated?Duesenbergs
I have seen a picture of at least one made ito a flat bed truck for farm use. This was during the Great Shooting Match of 1939 to 1945 and Duesenbergs were almost a negative value. Randy Ema told me several years ago that there were about 60 Model "J"engines around with no car to go with them. Motor DeLuxe in Paris,France is said to have sold about 60 Duesenberg cars. Most of these did not survive the above mentioned Schuetzenfest so no doubt the engines were mostly lost as well.That leaves America and South America. In America,some few went to scrap drives and others with then undesireable body styles.limos,large sedans etc were parted out to keep the "pretty ones"like phaetons,roadsters,convertible sedans in running condition.More than one "J" that is runnng today is a composite of at least 3 different cars. I personally did most of the parting out on J467 in the early 1950's.It was a Willoughby enclosed limo that had a "colorful"history in Chicago. I still occasionaly see ads with parts from that car for sale.
Some others were made into "Hot Rods" of one sort or another. Some of these were just plain UGLY and one or two were really well done. One I know of was made into a platform for a water drilling rig in Ohio and when I saw it,the condition would have had to be upgraded to be considered deplorable. It has been brought back to its former,peculiar
glory and may still be in Canada.

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11 Feb 2011 17:51 #19198 by Steve Derus
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Maybe this is the farm truck Bob mentioned. The photo is from the Curtright Website.

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12 Feb 2011 02:53 #19206 by kedeuel2008
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<!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Holy Cow. Steve and Bob. (And Randy Ema). These are some great pictures and info. And the picture of the flat bed is suprisingly great. This will give me some great info to do conversions of some rare and weird Duesey's.
Thanx Guys. and keep the info coming. Kim

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12 Feb 2011 13:25 #19208 by Bob Roller
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The car I said was needing an upgrade to be deplorable was J214,a, or maybe THE Wolfington tourer.a long wheelbase car wth unusual moulding prescribed by the original owner,John Eberson,a designer of art deco theaters. It went thru a series of owners and when I saw it in the early 1950's it belonged to Melvin Clemens in Clarksburg WV. A subsequent owner contacted me years later and was restoring it as time and money allowed and I THINK the designer of the car,Herb Newport was also involved. It was eventually purchased by a Canadian who finished the restoration and I will say it looked good. The odd appearence with the curlycue moulding must be viewed with the thought that THIS was what it was when new,by request and design.It will be then appreciated for what it really is,a custom built car from bumper to bumper.It seems to me there was another body shop initially involved but went broke,or maybe it was Wolfington that went broke and THEN another shop finished it. Anyway,it is alive again. Left to me,in the early 50's.I would have either restored the chassis or parted it out. We did get it started in Melvin's garage and it sounded like the pistons were changing holes and smoked like a volcano,totally worn out from running full bore and powering a water well drilling apparatus.
The gentleman from Canada now has another phaeton restored but I have seen only pictures of this one and the Wolfington he donated to a museum in Alberta. I think I sent them info on it as well at their request.

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