So if you purchased a used ambulance... What would you do with it?

I work at a private ambulance company, and I made friends with the head mechanic and found out he may sell me a used diesel ambulance, fully functioning, for a little more than $1000.

In order to justify my purchase, I would need an idea of what I could construct out of the ambulance I would now have in my possession. 

My first thought was: A-TEAM VAN REPLICA

I would speak with a couple tech colleges and offer them the ambulance for a semester, free of charge, for them to train on. It would be a prime example of the real world of a diesel mechanic's future career. Then go to the same, or a new tech college and find the car detailing or modification department and let them create the projected A-TEAM replica van. I would not only let them use a fully operational vehicle to modify to their liking, I would also use my above average graphic arts skills, and work history in direct mail advertising, to design a mailing to put out for them promoting their school and department of it, and then show awesome before and after pictures of the ambulance, and use it as an attentioN-getter to draw new students into their programs.
A-TEAM VAN, with paint mods and maybe diesel engine modifications.
...Or I could mount large speakers in the external cabinets that i could just open up and lock them at 45 degrees, and stand in the middle of the back doors with a microphone and a couple computers mixing dance music.
...The lights and sirens and PA horns are all still in it and working....

I am just trying to drum up some of your creative passions and make you get out your thinking caps to run ideas by me and see what I might be able to do with this new toy!

Lets get the ball rolling! I say an A-TEAM van would be sweet... What do you think?
See attd, pictures.

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does it come with the stretcher and the aid bag and other equipment? You could donate those to a local volunteer fire department. The tax deduction on those would be more than worth the 1k price tag on the ambulance.
Spitster1 (author)  thematthatter5 years ago
Unfortunately, no it wont. The gear used in it isn't expired, and they wouldn't waste them by selling it with the ambulance. That would be great!
I could definitely see the benefit to donating the gear. I could definitely donate the radios if it came with those too, those are expensive, and I think small departments would really appreciate that!
canucksgirl5 years ago
I kinda agree with caitlinsdad... I know there are some communities that just don't have the budget for a fully functioning ambulance such as this one. Although it would crush your dreams of forming the new A-Team; the idea of a charitable donation (after the school did some restoration work), would not only leave you with a nice warm fuzzy feeling, but it could also benefit you come tax time. ;)

Other organizations that could benefit from a vehicle with such a heavy duty suspension would be one that works with physically disabled people. If the vehicle was modified to accommodate a ramp and allow those in wheelchairs with a safe place to tether in, it would be a great asset to any organization that needs to transport those in wheelchairs (such as children needing to visit hospital or veterans).

If 'donating' isn't what you were thinking, and you can't get the other A-Team members, why not form a Ghostbusters service? Then you can put up an instructable after you create the gadgets to zap, lasso and contain those pesky ghosts. ;)
oh btw, you did an admirable job on covering up the insignia on the ambulance. (I'm also a graphic artist and so I spotted the cover up). ;)
Well... I don't think its THAT discrete, especially as I dont see why the ambulance would have been painted black (while the one behind it wasn't) :)
Over here, black ones are typically used to collect bodies from morgues.
O, i didnt know that... But i do not think that that ambulance was orignally black still :) Though i agree, that the work to cover up the logo was quite good :)
S.W.A.T. trucks are like that.
as in black you mean?... yes. but i dont think they would be considered ambulances XD
Aren't S.W.A.T trucks just glorified bread trucks? :P
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