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    Default Ford 1952(?) fire truck

    We will hopefully soon have possession of a Ford Marmon Herrington SC V8 from 1952 or so. It spent it's life as an airport fire truck.

    Unfortunately when it was towed into storage some years ago the rear wheels locked and were only released by removing the rear prop shaft. Whatever, I am sure we will get it sorted out.

    The vehicle is in very tidy condition no obvious rust and no significant dings in the bright red paint. I will post photos when it arrives at our museum.

    John

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    For amny years I was an antique fire truck collector. The last one I had was a 1941 ford with American LaFrance pump and body. I still belopng to the local club
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    You shoulc join this group. They will have tons in information and would love to see photos and hear about it.
    http://www.spaamfaa.org/

    This was my truck pumping
    Peter


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artful Bodger View Post

    Unfortunately when it was towed into storage some years ago the rear wheels locked and were only released by removing the rear prop shaft. Whatever, I am sure we will get it sorted out.



    John
    Sounds like a good possibility that it cooked the rear snout bearing on the trans... some only get lubed when the main and countershaft are operated under engine power and when you tow it's only the end of the countershaft that's linked to the prop shaft... it may have seen the ghost --- great seizure's ghost...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
    --- great seizure's ghost...
    I can't believe you went there
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
    it may have seen the ghost --- great seizure's ghost...
    I am soooo stealing that one!

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    Thanks Peter, I will get some pictures when it arrives at our workshop.

    AKB, thanks for comments.

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    Was this fire truck in a dry climate, like Maniototo? If so, it must have been the only one in the entire region.
    Allan Ostling

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    Allan, it spent most of its life cossetted at an RNZAF station.

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    Peter
    I have an almost exact duplicate to your truck, except it's a 1940!!!!
    i don't know where I have any pics or I would post them.

    THANX RICH
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    People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

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    The pump is probably driven through a transfer case and the fact that is a 4wheel drive conversion means that there also a transfer case for that which will have neutral position. Later pumps were also electrically shifted, but the early ones used a lever on the cab floor. The problem could be in either of the transfer cases (power dividers).
    Peter
    Last edited by CPeter; 05-24-2019 at 06:27 AM.

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