1979 Cadillac Hearse - AKA The Hot Rod Hearse

hadbeen looking for a new shop car for some time knowing that the my old shop car was on heI r way out, a 1997 Ford Taurus Wagon. I was going through the want ads one day when I came across a 1979 Cadillac hearse listed for $2500.00. I called the gentleman that own the car and found out it was located in New Haven Connecticut, so I loaded the girlfriend and our two dogs into the car and we took the two hour ride out there. When I saw the car she just talked to me, I knew I had to have her. The car barely ran, had no brakes, all four tires were shot and dry rotted, the interior stunk and was filthy. The owner and I talked for a little bit I was able to get him down to $1500.00, with the stipulation that I would take good care of her and send him pictures, agreeing to that I bought the car. When I got her home I immediately went to work, I replaced all the brake lines, fuel lines, all the steering linkage, upper and lower control arm bushings, upper and lower ball joints, rebuilt the carburetor, rebuilt the distributor, installed new air shocks in the rear, regular shocks in the front, a new fuel sending unit in the fuel tank, lowered the car 1-3/4 inches, replaced all four tires, did a full tuneup and a thorough cleaning of the whole interior. It took about three weeks for me to complete all this but now she is running and handling beautifully. I had my friend Aaron printout all the vinyl for the outside of the car and then he and I applied it and she is now my everyday car.

Bonez Garage
1248 State Route 17K

Montgomery, NY 12549

   Phone: 845-565-2663


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  • Don Cafarelli (Saturday, March 30 19 01:53 pm EDT)

    Just spoke with gentleman I saw with a late 50's early 60's
    Dodge shortbed that recommended you.Ill be in touch soon..70 chevy short stepside staight6,3 on the tree

  • Ed Firestone (Sunday, October 07 18 02:54 pm EDT)

    I’ve watched your YouTube videos so the ‘67 Dodge A100 van. Great job. I’m restoring my dads ‘66 custom sportsman van. I can see from the interior shots that yours was also a custom sportsman. I also noticed that you are not using the stainless trim that was standard on the custom models. I’m looking for two pieces of stainless. The piece over the left parking light and the right side rear bottom piece between the door and the side. Any chance you might have them?

  • Adrian Mandy (Wednesday, October 03 18 03:42 am EDT)

    Bonez helped me achieve my goal of a big block street pounder in the form of a fully custom 1968 C10. He was extremely helpful and accommodating in what I wanted done and within my budget and I love his attention to detail. I highly recommend Bonez for your project.

  • Frank gilbert (Tuesday, May 29 18 03:54 pm EDT)

    Looking forward to have you work on my 32 roadster

  • Michael sosa (Thursday, May 17 18 01:17 pm EDT)

    Looking to restore a 41 Plymouth I’m going to see it take some pictures wondering if I can forward them to you for estimates nothing fancy everything seems to be there light rust just want everything basic

  • Chris (Wednesday, June 21 17 09:07 am EDT)

    Definitely the best place for custom auto work!!

  • Gazoo (Thursday, May 04 17 12:17 pm EDT)

    Mr. Bonez identified and fixed the electrical problems on my 1998 Harley Davidson Dyna. This was the first time this OEM stock Harley was ever worked on since it was born off the factory line in California. All gaskets installed and no leaks. Now it runs better and I am confident there will be no failure from work performed. Thank you for your expertise. Highly recommended. Thanks
    Gazoo aka Andy

  • BHW (Tuesday, March 28 17 04:47 pm EDT)

    What's up to all, the contents existing at this web site are genuinely awesome for people experience, well, keep up the good
    work fellows.

  • Gazoo (Saturday, June 04 16 08:07 pm EDT)

    Thank you for reaching out
    and helping me with 98 Dyna today. I will continue to recommend your services. I wish you the best of luck with your new location. Best regards. Gazoo

  • Alan Piciocchi (Tuesday, March 01 16 11:18 am EST)

    No one touches the Iron Mustang but my man Bonez!

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