1957 GMC AMBULANCE
You are looking at a 1957 GMC Ambulance, originally built for the Los Angeles City Fire Department as part of a program that ushered in the era of "Rescue Ambulances". It was one of 6 such vehicles that went into service in 1957.
The vehicles served their tour of duty, and were then sold off. Today, this is one of two known to still exist.
It is believed to have been built by a small West Coast company called Yankee, that built custom fire apparatus at the time (no relation to the present-day Yankee company on the East Coast, which also builds fire apparatus). Originally it would have been powered by a 347 cubic inch Pontiac V8 coupled to a GM Hydramatic transmission.
Original parts of vehicle that are gone and replaced:
Engine, Transmission, Exhaust -- Currently 400 Small Block Chevy, Turbo 400 Transmission, dual exhaust.
Front Chassis, Rear Axle, Wheels -- Currently 73-87 1/2 ton Chevy Truck front frame clip and rear end, half ton 5 on 5 chevy bolt pattern wheels.
Items that have been replaced, but original parts retained:
Hydroboost Brake System -- replaced with modern Corvette master cylinder, original parts included in sale, current setup will remain on vehicle.
Gauge Cluster -- Aftermarket Gauges and gauge panel, original parts included in sale, current setup will remain on vehicle.
Suspension -- Currently has Air Ride, system will be removed and original leaf springs/coils installed prior to sale.
Radiatior side fillers -- currently has custom panels in place to mount air horns, originals will be put back and air horns removed prior to sale.
Front bumper and bumper bullets -- currently has custom front bumper with sirens installed, would like to keep sirens and reinstall factory bumper and bumper bullets, including valance panel that goes between the bumper and the grill.
Ashtray has been replaced with switch panel for lights -- nothing cut, ashtray will be included and will slide back into place if desired, switch panel will remain on vehicle.
Newly installed parts that go with vehicle:
All emergency lights and spotlights. Federal 17 Beacon and dual MARS 888 lights professionally restored by John Dorgan.
New set of hubcaps for 55-57 GMC, chrome. Custom adapters to run them on wheels pictured also included.
Dual battery setup, including 2nd tray and battery isolator, currently installed on vehicle.
Motorola Radio setup, non functioning.
Passenger door hinge needs some work.
Paint on roof has issues, there are also some fairly small spots on the bottoms of some of the doors where the paint is bubbling up.
Slight dent in right rear corner that has knocked a spot of the paint off.
Small star in windshield.