Our NEWEST project: M1010 Ambulance

SignalNco

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Congrats on the ambulance. I have a friend south of me off of 81 who has an M1010 that he has fully restored and equipped. We trained the kids from the Young Marine unit my 2 boys are in to
do demonstrations of the equipment in the M1010 for people at different events we go to.
 

Madmedic

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Congrats on the ambulance. I have a friend south of me off of 81 who has an M1010 that he has fully restored and equipped. We trained the kids from the Young Marine unit my 2 boys are in to
do demonstrations of the equipment in the M1010 for people at different events we go to.
Thank you for the kind words. That is my intention as well. Eventually I'll get a mannequin and have it set up as a patient on one of the stretchers.
 

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Now back to the packing & loading: Still on the left side. More M-5 Medic Bags, with the primary supplies for bandaging, and burns. Various types of bandages, burn sheets, and irrigation fluids. At the far back, were the racks for the oxygen bottles (will show that seperately) and for the NBC filtration system. Other than in training, I never actually saw an M1010 with the system installed. I have no intention of putting one in.

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Madmedic

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Blue box of Death confirmed #(&$#!!!!!!!

What I "thought" was it's replacement,,,,,, turns out to be part of some P.O.S. Solar Battery Charger. The remains of the panel were on top of the Air Conditioning unit.

This vehicle must have either gone to the sand box, or spent an extended period of time at the NTC at Ft. Irwin CA, judging by the amount of sand found in every crack and crevice, and the sand blasted damage to things like the afore mentioned solar panels, and the roof Red Cross panel.
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Madmedic

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On a more positive note, have finished the repaint on the Red Cross Panels. (Except the roof panel & Caduceus Panels). Painted the rear of the panels in a Forest Green vs CARC Green (Rattle Can). I figure as the sun dries and fades the paint somewhat, it will match better with the original color.

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And VERY nice work on the driver's compartment. Looks complete and ready to go into service.
Thank you for all that very usefull information. The body is wheeled coach. and just about all that kit and position of it is in or on the vehicle. I will try to obtain the rest from the pictures and detail you gave me. We have the generator and a huge inverter for the electrics. (I run 110 volts to a 240 volt transformer and (secretly hidden in a locker) A U.K. 240 volt microwave a gas gooker , and there there is a descreet hand wash basin behind the attendants chair. Ideal if we camp out and sleep in it at shows. I am seriously thinking of taking some sort of medic or first aider course.
 

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Thank you for all that very usefull information. The body is wheeled coach. and just about all that kit and position of it is in or on the vehicle. I will try to obtain the rest from the pictures and detail you gave me. We have the generator and a huge inverter for the electrics. (I run 110 volts to a 240 volt transformer and (secretly hidden in a locker) A U.K. 240 volt microwave a gas gooker , and there there is a descreet hand wash basin behind the attendants chair. Ideal if we camp out and sleep in it at shows. I am seriously thinking of taking some sort of medic or first aider course.
ALWAYS happy to assist a fellow MV'er. It sounds like you ought to do your own thread on your vehicle. It ought to be great!! I would strongly urge you and anyone/everyone else to take formal medical training. Here in the U.S., start with American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Classes and go from there. Remember that knowledge is power, and having a good working knowledge of basic 1st aid and medical issues can save any of us from serious mis-judgements about our own health/medical issues, or those of loved ones.

For the sake of complete disclosure, I will admit that I am an instructor for both the American Red Cross and AHA. Also Texas Licensed EMT-P of 20+ Years and an RN. (I still haven't decided what I want to do for a career when I grow up)

MORE "GOOD" news on the electrical issues. Mek A Nek replaced ALL fuzes, and put new bulbs in spots. LET... THERE...BE...LIGHT!!! Head Lights and Brake lights up and running as well.

We just won't talk about the DUVAC...... hrrrrumph.
 

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I looked at the pictures you posted. Are you missing the track mounted attendants seat that slides back and forth on the track mounted on the floor cabinets?
 

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I looked at the pictures you posted. Are you missing the track mounted attendants seat that slides back and forth on the track mounted on the floor cabinets?
The short answer is that we didn't use them in the field. Our M1010 came with one, and after I've cleaned it up, I'll take picts.

As with the NBC system, we were trained on the jump seat and the patient loading arm that was mounted at the rear of the M1010's. But as we all know, there's what the manual teaches, and real life. With the loading arm system, if we were loading more than 2 patients, it usually meant time was critical, and using that block and tackle took too long. Plus there was usually no shortage of warm bodies in the area to assist with loading and un-loading.

While caring for patients we would stand or kneel next to the patients. If you look at the picts, you'll see the amount of wear on the floor of our unit. I plan to repaint the floor, and then add a thin rubber floor matting, like you would find in bars etc. This is what we did on the units I worked in, to give us better traction. (Muddy, bloody, boots & slick floor, Baaaad combination.)
 

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Black out curtains in patient compartment: The curtain on the door between the Patient Compartment and the Driver's Compartment is intact, and still useable. The curtains over the rear doors,,, not so much. So I've drilled out the rivets holding them in at the top, and I'm going to take the remains to an Upholstery shop I've used before, and have them make 2 replacements.

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Here's some more Patient Compartment Picts:

Backboards now in on both sides.

I.V. Poles: I.V. Poles are stored in the storage compartment on the right hand side. They are specifically designed to clamp onto the poles of the litters, and hold the I.V. Fluids bags/bottles and allow for proper flow. The Velcro straps on the frame at the rear of the compartment are for the same purpose.

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dmetalmiki-

Your builder was Wheeled Coach, out of Florida. I have your sister Ambulance here in Texas, by way of Antarctica!!!! Mine was converted to super singles and lifted (suspension) to fit 44" off road tires You are correct--these were considered "off road" ambulances so the stretcher could hang from the ceiling and absorb the rough terrain instaed of fixed mount and transmitting all the bumps to the litter patient. Do you still have the US Property sticker behind the passenger seat on the bulkhead? I bet we have the same contract number.

I would love one of your spare stretchers and a couple of rear light covers, if only you were a bit closer.
 

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Very cool restoration. Will this 1010 be at the upcoming event outside of College Station? I hope to drive my ambulance there, and would love to talk you out of a spare litter if you have an extra. I am not restoring mine to military specs, but a camper/support vehicle.
 

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Very cool restoration. Will this 1010 be at the upcoming event outside of College Station? I hope to drive my ambulance there, and would love to talk you out of a spare litter if you have an extra. I am not restoring mine to military specs, but a camper/support vehicle.
Will you be coming to the Camp Mabry event in April? Or maybe the Temple Air Show the 1st weekend in May? Lots of cool events in and around Austin to take part in.
 

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Very cool restoration. Will this 1010 be at the upcoming event outside of College Station? I hope to drive my ambulance there, and would love to talk you out of a spare litter if you have an extra. I am not restoring mine to military specs, but a camper/support vehicle.
Was thinking just that:

- Make a great camper.
 

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Will you be coming to the Camp Mabry event in April? Or maybe the Temple Air Show the 1st weekend in May? Lots of cool events in and around Austin to take part in.
Depends on the week in April. My ambo is not really ready for prime time--not enough hours in the day, and dollars in the bank. I would love to meet you and talk you out of those axles off your 1008 parts truck for my M37 project.
 

Madmedic

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Very cool restoration. Will this 1010 be at the upcoming event outside of College Station? I hope to drive my ambulance there, and would love to talk you out of a spare litter if you have an extra. I am not restoring mine to military specs, but a camper/support vehicle.
I seriously doubt we'll be finished with the resto before the event at Brent's. I can help you out with the spare litter, I need to double check the dates to be sure it doesn't conflict with the GRB Gunshow. If it doesn't, I'll be over there thurs or fri just to touch base with everyone. Then I will be covering the store the rest of the weekend, so that Ric (my business partner) can come over and re-enact with his VW Thing/Kubelwagon.

If you decide to restore yours to military medical config, let me know. I can help ya out with a lot of the other medical supplies as well.

Would REALLY like to see some picts of the patient compartment of y'all's Wheeled Coach unit. Don't/won't claim to be the final word on ambulances, but the configuration you describe doesn't sound right. Civilian ambulances, like the Wheeled Coach were normally outfitted with 1 Ferno 2 man stretcher with a locking mechanism on the left wall and on the floor. Then there was the bench seat on the right side which had small aluminum cup indentations at 4 points. These would hold the wheels for a secondary Ferno folding stretcher.

In the Ceiling, there were 8 locking latches. Hooks could be attached to these latches to hold patients on either spine boards or stokes baskets. This would be done during mass casualty incidents. In the Mid to late 1990's most ambulance manufacturers quit adding this feature.

I've honestly never heard of an ambulance specifically made with a free swinging patient transport.
 
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