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  1. Caretaker

    Grandpa's warrior princess....

    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!
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    1969 Ford Firetruck

    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.
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    IH Trucks at our local rallies

    Good looking R model!
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    1969 Ford Firetruck

    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?
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    1969 Ford Firetruck

    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. .
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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    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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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    Tucked in for winter.
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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    Adjusted the idle and mixture today. She was idling too low and running too rich. That took care of the backfiring and popping coming down the hills. It also seemed to take care of the loss of power when running up the big hills. I’ll have to wait until next summer to see if the heat played a part in the “uphill issue”. She’ll go to bed for the winter soon.
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    Very Handsome firetruck

    Nice and very unique. They went a little overboard with the gold leaf, but it’s well done, unlike the hacks at Maynard.
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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    Spoke to my carb guy and he thinks that the vacuum governor and the mixture are in need of adjustment, based on my description. We’ll go for a ride and he’ll tune her in. That’s service!
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    Source for Badge/Trim Clips

    I’ll check and get back to ya.
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    Source for Badge/Trim Clips

    Here’s one of the badges for reference. Both have the same size posts.
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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    That’s why I’m a bit stumped. I don’t know if I need to fiddle with the carb. It was set up according to spec when I reinstalled it. I think I’ll give the guy who rebuilt it for me a call and bounce it off him.
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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    Tank is almost full and the standpipe is in the same position as it was when removed. The fuel pump is new.
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    1961 International R-200 Fire Engine

    I had it cleaned but I guess there could still be some stuff in there. I hope not. This only happens when pulling up big hills.