If you check my profile you will see my Model T Fire truck, it is also in the latest issue of the Model T Times if you have gotten that yet. Long story of a 25 year wait before I got it that I might post another time.
Anyway, about 2 weeks ago I was contacted by a large fire station who also has a Model T firetruck on a car chassis in the basement. All the "old guys" who knew anything about the rig are gone and it has been sitting for a long time. They have decided it is now time to pull it out and see what can be done with it to make it run and drive again. They have contacted me and I have agreed to take on this project. The plan is that this Friday I will meet them for proper tie down and move the truck to my place for evaluation and repair (I have already looked it over but it is naturally covered with junk).
We are still jumping through administrative loops just to get it moved but that should all resolve. I am just glad they want to bring it here and not have a bunch of bored firemen decide to put gas in it and hook a chain to the front axle and pull it down the road.
I hope to start a thread at the end of the week with photo's of the truck being removed, loaded and delivered. I have no idea where this project will go from there and it will not be quick as I don't have lots of free time and Michigan's dark, cold winter limits my shop time.
One of these small units is not only very rare but also normally are not released to the public like mine was. They are normally tied up to a city or township and have not had a clear public title. This will be a fun project that I am thankful for on thanksgiving weekend--being chosen to work on it properly and not see it damaged by someone who has no experience.
I want you all to enjoy this with me!
KEWL congratulations what an awesome honor!Many pictures usually I prefer 10 pictures to every 2 words I understand pictures
Congratulations, Tim. That will be a fun project for you.
Tim, sounds like a great project. Maybe it will be at the Frankenmuth Mi. Fire Engine weekend someday. Joe
What a deal, you do the work, post the pictures and supply the garage. Let's see, oh yes there's a chair, ok I am ready... (have fun).
What a great project for the coming Winter !
Good for you ....
"Heritage" in your safe hands Tim.
That is great! We will be looking forward to photos etc. And if possible, I would encourage you to encourage the fire department to ask for a couple of volunteers to maintain and drive the truck when it is finished (do we ever really finish?). If they are identified early, perhaps they could help with some of the refurbishment? And then hopefully catch the T-bug in addition to being able to maintain the fire truck in the future.
Thanks for stepping in to help keep their T Fire truck part of their living history.
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I'm happy you have the opportunity to "bring one back", and even more so that the department has the foresight to have you do it. We'll look forward to seeing and hearing of your progress.
Tim,how lucky you are! I also love your firetruck in your profile. I'll have to borrow that issue of the Model T Times, I only get Vintage Ford. Can't wait to see your chronicles.
Another Tim with a firetruck
One of the things they will be doing with the T is to put it in a parade. You should request that you be the first parade driver for all you hard work. You will earn it. Haven't looked at the times yet but will. You should contact Bill Killen who has already put out a book on T-fire trucks and he will glad to communicate with you.
Isn't it god to be wanted for something ? ha-ha
I know just what to do with it.
John - I'd have to struggle to resist the temptation to correct you by pointing out that you are to always capitolize "God", but then I know that you meant,....good! Ha,ha,....harold
P.S. Isn't it weird how you can actually proof-read, but not catch a "typo" until after you've posted?
Well there ya' are! It's "capitalize",.....(I think)
Hah, good one Harold! I looked at it at first and thought "that's just not write. Rite, RIGHT!