I got an email and phone call from this lady looking for help disassembling a Model T Fire truck in downtown Chicago so they can have a Moving Company take it out of the building and move it to a warehouse where it needs to be reassembled.
It sounds like a fun project if it was closer to me and our club. I'm hoping someone closer can get involved and help there people out. The email is attached below. If you make arrangements to help. please update this thread. Thanks
Jun 17 at 3:18 PM
I am contacting you with a challenge. The company I work for has a beautiful Model T fire truck in its lobby on the 12th floor of a downtown Chicago office. We are donating this truck and I am looking for a Model T expert to dismantle it so it can be brought down the elevator, then reassembled in their shop. We will have a mover lined up to help remove it from the building and transport the pieces, but I am hoping that you might have connections to a mechanic that can do the specialized work of taking it apart and putting it back together.
Here is a gallery link to some photos of the truck when it was assembled in 2003:
Perhaps someone in the Indy 500 Chapter can do the work. I would very much like to discuss the project with you. Please give me a call at your earliest convenience.
Many thanks, I look forward to speaking with you!
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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty®
777 San Marin Drive
Novato, CA 94998
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Fireman's Fund has gone through major restructuring - their parent company, Allianz SE in Munich, sold the personal lines and are rolling the commercial property and casualty lines into Allianz Global Corporate Speciality.
I used to work for Allianz Life at the Minneapolis headquarters.
As far as I know, Fireman's Fund has at least three Model T firetrucks - one in their corporate headquarters in Novato, CA (which they display in the building and use in parades), Chicago mentioned above and Atlanta. In 2007 when I was still at Allianz, I corresponded with the employee who was in charge of moving the firetruck into Fireman's Fund Atlanta office - he needed someone to disassemble and then re-assemble. He posted on one of the forums and ended up hiring someone from the club who was actually flown in to do the job. Eventually, it was written up in one of the national club magazines - MTFCA or MTFCI.
From my days of yore at Allianz - bring your Model T Ford to work and leave an oil spot on the sidewalk day…..
Spoke briefly with Kristin last night. She sent me a dozen pics of the original "assembly" done in the 80's. Personally, at the 12th floor, I'd rent a crane and hoist it down, but that area is pretty tight traffic wise. Check the link she provided. The password is "Antique" with a capital "A". The truck is being donated and looks pretty nice. Hope all the parts are there and not just built as a static example. ws
Contact Chris Paulsen at McPherson College, this looks like a good student project
I guess they could block the street just as they would if replacing an AC or such on the roof.
Why don't they just drive it down the stairs.
Correct me if I am wrong here - but this business is soliciting for a skilled mechanic or mechanic(s) to dis-assemble this firetruck that this business is keeping ?
Seems logical that the mechanic(s) that do the dis-assembly also do the re-assembly.
This is best handled by another business.
I've been working with Kristin on this project since I posted the original post. She wants an "insured" Company to handle the disassembly of the truck and her Company will have it moved and then it needs reassembled.
I thought it would be a fun project for a local club to handle, but once her company raised the "insured" aspect, that changed the game.
I'm Vice President of Service Operations for a Heavy Duty truck parts and repair company that fits all the criteria that Kristin is looking for. So I'm putting together an estimate for them and I've got to get my Companies principal owners to sign off on this project as well.
The Fire Truck is going to be donated after reassembly. I suggested the MTFCA Museum in Richmond, but they also want to look at possible Fire related museums.
I'll update as things progress.
A little more information on that fire truck would be great.
Do you know the year of manufacture or what company made the truck?
Sounds great - hope you get the job !
Have you met Barbara & Jay at the museum ?
Did you get to go to the Homecoming this year ?
James, I am trying to get the back ground on the origins of the Fire Truck.
Jim, I was at homecoming and had 3 swap meet spaces and was there last year and in 2008.
Our club is about 70Mi. from Richmond, so yes we all know each other.