F-250 (F250) Petrol Twin Life Ambulances (1988 to 1995)
1987 in the United States Ford introduced the eighth generation of the F-Series
truck with a redesigned front grille and headlamps and a more rounded
aerodynamic styling. The same panels
were also found on the F-250 cab-chassis that was imported by Ford
Fleet 155 at Blackwood St.John Centre in late 1988. This photo clearly shows the more rounded aerodynamic styling that was adopted at the commencement of the 1988 model year F-250 petrol cab chassis. At this time, Javelin Bodyworks also started to use the flared wheel arch utility trays that were a feature of that year’s F-150 models (Photo supplied by Kevin Marsland).
A nighttime view of Fleet 155, in the car park of Blackwood Centre around 1990 showing the location of the reflective tape and the illuminated ambulance sign above the air intake to the patient compartment air-conditioning vent (Photo supplied by Lyndon Abbott).
Another view of Fleet 155 around 1988 showing the three red Hella repeater lamps on the front grille and the reflective tape on the front of the matt black bonnet. Lyndon Abbott is at the wheel, and please note that the Hella beacons are smaller and more rounded compared with those later fitted to Fleet 102 and 145 below. The older style illuminated Ambulance top sign is simpler than the fancy ones on the later ambulances. The fleet number is plain and not as fancy as the one on 145 below but 155 does have the SJQ-155 SA Festival-State number plate (Photo supplied by Kevin Marsland).
Fleet 102 in its red non St.John livery at
By the time of the 1990 MY (Model Year) Ford Australia had started to sell the updated F-250 Ambulance chassis with a 5.8 litre engine and ABS rear brakes.
Fleet 145 again in the red-writing livery on the road. The F-150s still had all red beacons, but these are of the later more squared off style like Fleet 102. This unit has the smooth rear wheel-arch module, and the SJQ number plate like 155 above (Photo supplied by Lyndon Abbott).
Fleet 69 out the back of what appears to be Marion Centre. Note that unlike the St.John liveried Fleet 155 the ambulance service badge had moved from the door to the side of the module (Photo supplied by Steve Schuler).
Fleet 129 in the car park overlooking
Fleet 57 in the car park
A lovely photo taken by Phil Dunkley of Fleet 155 at Blackwood centre May 1991 with the brand-new Blackwood FJ75 Toyota First Aid Unit Fleet 905. Fleet 155 has fog lamps and still has the St.John Ambulance livery to the last.
The new Fleet 155 at
The new Fleet 155 at
The new Fleet 66 on the back of a recovery vehicle after a break-down. Note the rear door on this earlier type module does not wrap around at the back, and the tail lamps are squared in each of the inner corners (Photo supplied by Kevin Marsland).
Another view of Fleet 66 on the back of the recovery vehicle after a break-down. The angled chrome rear bumper was still being used and it was fitted with the centre step that pulled down (Photo supplied by Kevin Marsland).
Rear interior Fleet 155 at Blackwood with Ray Penhall the Divisional Ambulance Officer. The reflective tape around the edges of the rear door provided a higher level of visibility at night and was also added to the bottom edge of the rear door (Photo supplied by Kevin Marlsand).
Fleet 351 at Marion Centre around 2003. In the red writing livery. Note that by this time the beacons are now mixed red and blue same as on the green livery vehicles. The reflective tape used had a much wider red stripe than before (AC).
Fleet 351 at Marion Centre again, rear view. Reversing lamps are in the rear bumper step and note the rear high-mounted stop lamps and turning indicators are rectangular by this time (AC).