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Chariots of Fire

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Chevy C-60 Tanker

23 June 2014 - 10:18 AM

I built this rig a few years ago using a Modelhaus resin casting for the cab. The front mounted pump represents a Darley 750 gpm unit. The portable tank is removable and folds out. Body uses a Monogram AC Mack tank that was cut short.

Another 1938 Ford is on the bench

27 March 2014 - 10:58 AM

Now that the '38 Ford brush truck is done it is time to begin its companion piece. This time it is a smaller rig that represents one of thirteen such trucks that were purchased by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation after the no-name hurricane of 1938. In 1961 I worked that summer at Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich, MA. There were still two of these rigs there. I actually got to drive one to a fire off Cape. Now both rigs are relics of history and a few random photos. This is a photo of one that is similar to the ones originally purchased. They were virtually identical except for perhaps the year of the cab.
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The frame is done in strip brass, soldered together at each flange. The springs are strip brass also with just the ends soldered together.
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The cab is resin as are the tires and wheels, similar to the previous build. The grill was so bad however, I had to make up a new one in brass. Much better fit and will look good with the openings between the horizontal bars. The engine is from the Yat Ming open cab Ford of the same year. It has nice detail so it might as well be used.
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The cab has opening doors. I temporarily taped them in place but they will need to be hinged. 011_zpsec4e022b.jpg

1938 Ford Brushbreaker

27 February 2014 - 05:55 AM

This rig has been in the building stages since last October.  It is finally finished and ready to go!

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1938 Ford Brushbreaker

27 October 2013 - 12:17 PM

Myles Standish State Forest is only a few miles away from here and back in the late 30's and into the 50's this rig served for forest fire protection.  Thanks to Brian Austin I have the patent drawings for this rig as well as some other photos.  A lot of scratch building here but the Yat Ming '38 Ford was a good starting place.  Tom Coolidge cast the front fenders, hood and windshield.  I had a Ford COE of the same vintage and I was able to graft in the back of the COE cab.  The frame has just been started and the tires and wheels are done.

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Engine 51 resurrected

19 October 2013 - 08:44 AM

After a brief hiatus away from this build I was able to get over the hurdle of having to rebuild the air intakes located on top of the engine cover.  The first ones were about twice as big as they should have been.  With that done the shops could finish the work and get the rig ready for assignment.  "Rampart! This is Engine 51.  Do you read, over?"

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