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!!
Hooniverse Truck Thursday: A 1924 Ford Model TT Firetruck Edition
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.Loading…
Pretty awesome how they just slapped a drivetrain on a buggy once they became available. Try that today and see if you pass inspection!Loading…
Did some of you American car bashers wanna take a swing at this?Loading…
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.Loading…
(factual interjection: Actual firearms are merely difficult and tedious to obtain, airsoft guns are totally illegal.)Loading…
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.Loading…
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."Loading…
Well done, chap. In all honesty, though, I must say that I much prefer the pumpworks produced by their competitor, Frederick T. Moisturely Ltd.
New in town?
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.
how comfortable is it to wear a fireman's helmet sideways?Loading…
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.
Better than the Audi TT firecar that came to mind. *shudders*
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.Loading…
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…