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  1. Noticed the inside of the inner tire on the right rear is wet. So, next season’s work will likely include some wheel cylinder work or an axle seal.
  2. Not sure if that’ll do the trick. They’re pitted and rusted pretty good. I might have to have them re-chromed.
  3. Got quite a bit done with 25 hours of work over a six day period. Sorted out the electrical issues in the back end. One turn signal wasn’t even wired. The rest of it was a combination old hack-job repairs and wiring that was just plain worn out and crumbling. Spent three days under the truck just scraping off loose paint and rust. Then, prepped, primed, and painted. Glad to be done with that. I also re-installed several items that I tracked down that had been previously removed. Cleaned out the compartments, inventoried all the equipment and put it back as it was when she was in service. Gave the truck a good wash and proceeded to compound the rest of the body. I was able to bring the paint back to a good shine, but dang if I ever want to do that again! That’s a big vehicle to do by hand.
  4. I recognize it from my drives down route 34 heading for New Haven.
  5. Looks like The Maples just north of Shelton on the Housatonic River in Connecticut.
  6. Thanks. I’m whittling away at her. There’s a couple of areas with some rot but should be fairly easy to deal with. It’s mostly diamond plate for running boards and the tailboard. The body is solid.
  7. Have you tried eBay? There’s a few listed now.
  8. Spent about four hours with the truck and some Meguiar’s ultimate compound recently. I was able to bring back a good deal of shine to the cab, hood, and fenders. I’ve been driving it to and from work (about 30 miles round trip) at least once a month since spring and she’s been running well. I’ve been piecing its equipment inventory back together and reinstalling various items as well. Gonna be crawling underneath pretty soon to knock off the loose paint, bust some rusty areas, and repaint. I have a bit of electrical work to do with the lights on the rear as well. After that, it’ll be about time to tuck her back in for winter.
  9. If she wants to fly helicopters, she might consider an aviation MOS. Become aircrew then once eligible, submit an application packet for chief warrant officer and go for pilot. At least that’s the way you used to do it in the regular Army. Good luck!
  10. I would also encourage you to drain the tank and pump. Take all of your caps off and open all of the valves, bleeders, and drains. Go take a drive then let it sit for a day and drip. Button it all back up except for the small diameter bleeders, drains, and pump main drain. Those small diameter drain and bleeder lines freeze up and split pretty easy. If you leave all the caps off with the valves open you’ll have critters nesting in there.
  11. Never had an issue with algae in a tank, but then again, I’m a “city” fire fighter. Our rigs don’t sit long enough. Even so, I’ve done plenty of drafting out of all sorts of still sources including salt water back in my “volly” days. What kind of water source does your department use for filling your tanks?
  12. Looks like a well kept rig. Do yourself a favor and get her inside. It’s amazing how quickly a rig will go to crap when left outside. I’ve seen it happen a few times myself. Ive had the pleasure of owning the following rigs over the years. 1961 American LaFrance 900 series pumper. Detroit 6V-71 with Allison four speed. 1,000 GPM Hale pump and 500 gallon tank. Originally owned by Carman, NY. 1967 Seagrave K model pumper. Detroit 6V-71 with a five speed Spicer and a Jake brake. 1,000 GPM bronze body Seagrave pump and 500 gallon tank. Originally Upper Darby, PA. 1954 Seagrave anniversary series 85 foot aerial ladder truck. Detroit 6-71 inline with five speed manual. Originally owned by Torrington, CT The rig I currently look after is a 1961 International R-200 pumper with a body by Maynard, Waterous 750 GPM pump and a 1,000 gallon tank. Powered by a RD-501 with a five speed manual. .
  13. Yes. It’s there and still works. The transition to high band radios was a gradual one. We used both systems in simulcast for several years before making the switch final. We are dispatched by two separate centers and only one had upgraded initially. Needless to say, she retained her radio and antenna. She was in active service for 49 years.
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