Saw this ad, thought someone might be interested. Does anyone have a real ex-fire department T? (I have no connection with seller/car):
"It has a 1921 engine with starter. It has an impressive list of accessories including original Ford Monocle windshield, HEAVY brass fire bell, spot light, hand crank fire siren, fire extinguishers, leather fire buckets, fire axe, and back mounted sprayer. Ironically the brass parts are worth more than the whole, but I don't have room to part it out. $11K OBO Trades"
Where? Vehicle or ad. Thanks...
Sell fire brass and turn into speedster is one option.
I missed this one...(Before my time, actually...)
(503) 810-9547 Portland, Oregon
If anyone here buys it I want a ride when I visit USA next year!
Been for sale for a long long time, saw it last year on another site.
Thanks for posting. You also had asked, “Does anyone have a real ex-fire department T?” The answer is yes! In most cases they were maintained very well and were low mileage vehicles. On the forum Tod Wirth owned about 7 when he posted back in 2011 at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/218921.html?1308631738 . He also shared at the posting at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/367588.html?1371444728 that about half of the Type A ALFs are still owned by the original Fire Company – they just kept them and in many cases kept them up or have restored them since then. There is also a neat story about American LaFrance #107 at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/367588.html?1371101449
And there is a TT based one in the MTFCA Museum as well as in the museum of the Town the MTFCA Museum is located in. And there is a great book out on the T fire trucks see: http://modeltstore.myshopify.com/products/firefighting-with-henrys-model-t
Hap l9l5 cut off
Does it have a water pump?
Remember the Coke truck;
Steve Tomaso - Dianne needs a siren like that one for that fire chief's rig you're building for her! She could drive, and you could "ride shotgun" and crank that siren! (...with either hand,.....or,....maybe with BOTH hands!)
(Sure a lotta' brass to polish on that one Constantine!)
Constantine..here's a pic of my '25 TT Pirsch firetruck, can't confirm it, but I believe it may have been from a small community in Wisconsin, 35 miles from the Pirsch factory (now defunct), called Hebron. I'd consider this car were it not so far away.
That would probably cost more than 11k to build, especially if you had to farm out the work. It looks like a fun car for touring.
I have seen a Ford TT fire engine that was original to Yuma, AZ in the Yuma Fire Dept #4 building. I took photos of it this year but don't have them with me right now. It has a lengthened frame and chain drive from the original axle to the rear wheels.
I saw on the news the other day that Cleveland just opened a fire truck museum with several Model T trucks and other manufactures now on display. They use it as a fire safety teaching center for school children. The museum is open to the public. A friend invited me down but I haven't had time yet.
Saw that too Dennis...its on the bucket list! They got some nice units there, including one from Cedar Point Amusement park. It wasn't a ride, it was when they had their own fire brigade decades ago.
Does this new fire truck museum have a web site? It would be nice to check it out & perhaps plan a future visit.
Doesn't say if there are any Model T trucks, but there is also a fire museum in Ypsilanti, MI that has several antique trucks.
Here are a few articles about the Cleveland Museum:
Hap and Tim,
Thanks for the links and info. Boy; Model Ts are fun but an original Firetruck is something else, especially the brass era ones.
Tim, your Pirsch is a beauty. Did you need to find any missing fire equipment or the original equipment has stayed with it since it was retired?
Constantine: For the most part, the truck came with all the original stuff,lots of brass plumbing on the back, minus no doubt some lanterns that you always see hanging on the sides, so I'm on the hunt for as vintage of 'em as I can find. Not much luck as yet. There are a couple of actual Pirsch lanterns made I believe by Dietz that I've seen, but wow, they're like $400 bucks...too much for me! It is actually missing its hose reel, so again, I'm on the prowl for one. It really is a cool truck. Thanks for the compliment!