Personally I don’t fall into the subset of folks who believe its cool to drive around in a hearse like their skeleton horse was at the skeleton vet, best friend is a small cloak wearing rat, and when they speak the words come out in ALL CAPS — but if I did, I’d probably drive something like this 1992 Buick Roadmaster Estate Hearse offered for $4,950 buy-it-now or best offer, located in Eureka, MO via ebay. Tip from tian647.
I guess if you are going to do the whole I drive a hearse thing it seems that you might as well start with a vehicle that was just about hearse sized to begin with. I’ve seen some hearse Mercedes W123 conversions and the little putt-putt clackity-clack diesel engine just ain’t gonna cut it — so you might start with something like a V8 powered Buick Roadmaster.
The 1992 Roadmaster used a 5.7 liter V8, the L05 specifically, which was rated at 180 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque. The Roadmaster didn’t get the multipoint fuel injected LT1 until the 1994 model year, but the L05 is a perfectly adequate motor for moving around a 4000+ lb vehicle.
If you did want to use this vehicle for a multi-use work style vehicle, you could remove the landau bars — which are the scroll shaped things on the side that are a throwback to the roof rails that people hung epitaphs and memorial verses on the side of horse drawn funeral carriages many years ago. Then the inside could be used to deliver pizzas or pickup stray cats and dogs — whatever you want.
See a Roadmaster with a bigger trunk area? firstname.lastname@example.org