Saturday, March 14, 2009

1938 FORD FIRE ENGINE


Ford created this sturdy little pumper for the Georgetown Engine Company No. 1 using its one-ton truck chassis. The grille, fenders and headlights were redesigned for 1938, and behind that barrel-shaped, oval grille was Ford’s rugged flathead V-8. The 221-cubic inch, 85-horsepower, 24 stud-per-head (also new for ‘38) powerplant was up to the task of motivating the little workhorse. The introduction of the new chassis was popular with firefighters, for it allowed them to carry more gear, more conveniently—just the ticket for the heroic job they had to perform.

Painted in bright red with superb applied graphics and pinstripes, the windscreen wiper is a separate part, the searchlight swivels and pivots, and, on the right side, a rotating, emergency light assembly, with three red lights. A chromed, red light/siren unit is mounted on the hood. In the driver’s area you get a 3-D dash, and nicely scaled steering wheel, pedals etc, and brake levers. The seat’s moulded in soft-touch plastic, behind the driver, there’s a hose reel with a length of hose that rolls off. On the left side, there are two sections of hose (non-removable) in mounting brackets. There’s also a rear-mounted hose reel, with nozzle. The rest of the hoses, located above this reel, are of the moulded-in variety, made to look as if yards of it have been folded there for ready access. There’s a separate, chromed nozzle on one end of this hose assembly to provide a touch more realism. In the rear, you’ll also find two, chromed work lights, and mounted on either side of the handrails, above the hose deck. Various gauges, and levers, and tools (non-removable) are also mounted on this truck, along with nozzles, two lanterns, and two fire extinguishers. Buy it now.

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