Hooniverse Truck Thursday: A 1924 Ford Model TT Firetruck Edition

As I have previously mentioned, this past weekend was the Celebration of the Spring Fling down here in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was a Chamber of Commerce weather type of weekend and as such, this olelongrooffan headed out to the Daytona International Speedway to see what was to be seen. Imagine my surprise to see an 87 year old re-engineered 99 year old fire control machine from Cecil, Wisconsin!

Yeah, after I crossed over that almost newly repaved Speedway, the first stop is always the garage where I spotted that Series 1 M BMW earlier this year. The vintage race cars always inhabit this garage area during the Turkey Rod Run and similar events during the winter season. Imagine my surprise to see this cool old pumper firetruck for the first time. And I am glad I was able to capture a few images of it for my fellow Hoons.

It possessed a cool old kerosene lantern that was used for illumination by those firefighters long before street lights were as common place as they are these days.

It appears this old pumper started its life as a horse drawn fire buggy but as technology progressed, its adaptation to a motorized Ford Model TT was set in place. I thought it was cool that the accelerator for that old pump motor was very similar to the 50’s era IH tractor we had on Haven Lee Farm when I was a young longrooffan.

And it would appear the location of the mounting of those fire hoses would

impede the ingress and egress to the control section of that old truck. But I guess it worked for them.

And yeah, back when manufacturers weren’t afraid to badge their products.
Overall, not my cup of tea but it sure was nice seeing this old beauty with its owner not hesitating to describe its merits.
Rock on Ford TTs and their proud owners!!

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  1. Black Steelies Avatar

    There's a picture of my great grandfather standing next to the fire department's brand shiny new fire-carriage in my parent's great room.
    Firefighters have always loved their toys.

  2. bboxy Avatar

    Pretty awesome how they just slapped a drivetrain on a buggy once they became available. Try that today and see if you pass inspection!

  3. Cretony38 Avatar

    Did some of you American car bashers wanna take a swing at this?

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Let's keep it civil, please. We all have our opinions on the vehicles we love, and I try and have a good sense of humour when people bash my German cars, so I expect to see everyone else keep a positive attitude towards others' opinions as well.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Well stated. For the sake of civility, I shall refrain from posting my bitter screed against Charles H. Waterous and the entire Waterous Engine Works Company.

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          You DARE speak ill of the Waterous Engine Works Company of St. Paul, MN!? That is enough sir! I will see you outside. Pistols at twenty paces!

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            Very well, if it has come to this. My position on Waterous and all his works is well-founded and unalterable.
            You're Canadian, I gather, so despite your recent Atomic Toasters post on the M1911, I presume I'll need to supply both pistols?

          2. Alff Avatar

            You'll probably need to teach him how to shoot.

          3. Deartháir Avatar

            Noisy part points away from me. How hard can it be?

          4. mdharrell Avatar

            Without sound advice, ascertaining which part is "noisy" becomes entirely hit-or-miss.

          5. Deartháir Avatar

            Yes, but you only get it wrong once.

          6. P161911 Avatar

            I think Canadians can still have air pistols, maybe even airsoft pistols (with the proper identification, waiting period, note from their mother, and the Queen's personal approval). Just bring a heavy coat and safety glasses, you'll be fine.

          7. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

            (factual interjection: Actual firearms are merely difficult and tedious to obtain, airsoft guns are totally illegal.)

          8. Deartháir Avatar

            Yes please. They're remarkably hard to acquire up here.

          9. mdharrell Avatar

            So I've heard. Is your preference for breech- or for muzzle-loading? All I ask is that you not specify cap-and-ball revolvers; I've only got one of those and I suspect it would be awkward to share.

          10. Deartháir Avatar

            Muzzle-loaders, of course! As God himself intended! And don't you try anything slick with your fancy "rifled-barrel" pistols! Gentlemen know that your projectile should NEVER go exactly where you aim it. That takes all the sport out of it!

          11. P161911 Avatar

            A traditionalist I see. From Wikipedia: "Pistols with rifled barrels spin-stabilise the shot when it is fired, resulting in much improved accuracy. As a result, duelling pistols with rifled barrels were considered unsporting by many."

          12. Deartháir Avatar

            Fuck me! I've never even read that article! That's downright creepy, cuz I made that up on the spot.

        2. Alff Avatar

          Well done, chap. In all honesty, though, I must say that I much prefer the pumpworks produced by their competitor, Frederick T. Moisturely Ltd.

    2. Alff Avatar

      New in town?

    3. skitter Avatar

      Don't you hate it when you see one of these oversized, leaf-springed monsters with only one firefighter on board? And besides, it's from Ford, not American Motors.

      1. SSurfer321 Avatar

        how comfortable is it to wear a fireman's helmet sideways?

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          At least they have the requisite flat brim.

  4. Black Steelies Avatar

    Oh it could, my house is a converted barn. The room has 12' cathedral ceilings, and if I had my way it would be full of motorcycles or a car. Instead my bike is relegated to the ground level basement.

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    Better than the Audi TT firecar that came to mind. *shudders*

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Deartháir has asked us all to bash German cars, so I'll point out that had you stopped typing after "TT" you still would have made a valid point.

      1. Deartháir Avatar

        ::addresses smartly, deliberately removes glove, winds up, slaps you across face, throws glove on ground::

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          (Can you tell I've been listening to the Goon Show again?)

  6. longrooffan Avatar

    For my fellow Hoons who check back on post comments…as I do….this whole comment thread has this olelongrooffan totally confused….I'll just chalk it up to age and then take the time for another cocktail…

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