Recently, we participated in a community Haunted Forest during a fund-raising event for our Robotics club. On the night of our dress rehearsal, this hearse came rolling in to be parked in the graveyard. Unfortunately, because it was dark I couldn’t get any pictures or even see it very well.
The organizer wanted to show a movie to entertain the people waiting in line for the drive-in, so he sent out a call for a “classic car” that would serve as a projection booth. When I offered up my 1972 Travelall, the organizer said something like, “Huh…I’m not picturing it.” I explained that my IH was sort of like a Suburban, only way cooler. I told him to let me know and we left it at that. Over the next few nights I didn’t see the hearse at all, but last Saturday night, when we opened before dark for the less-scary family walk, I spotted it parked near the queue line.
From a distance, I’d pegged it as a ’76 model; however, it isn’t uncommon for professional cars to be re-bodied to look newer than they actually are, so I wasn’t sure it was a Centennial Edition. After I got a look, though, I was certain it was a 1976.
Walking around to the front confirmed that.
I also found these interesting badges on the front fender.
Naturally, it’s a little worse for wear from sitting outside in our wet climate.
It also didn’t escape a little customizing, with some blue dots in the taillights. I believe they’re from a Colonnade wagon.
Happy Halloween to all.
The question of how much does one of these monsters weigh led me to this car’s website, whose name is Rose, http://www.hauntedhearsenw.com/ where it’s keeper states that it is one of 50 Centenial editions and only one of 10 with the extension table.