Chariots of Fire

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About Chariots of Fire

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  • Birthday 05/25/1940

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  • Scale I Build 1/25 and 1/32

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  • Location West Wareham, MA
  • Full Name Charles L. Rowley

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  1. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Thank you, Dennis!
  2. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Sorry, Tom, it's called a "shrink machine".  Got it from a guy who has elves working in his shop!  As for the pump engine starting?? Well it won't until I install the switch and throttle..which I totally forgot until this moment!
    And thanks for the B-day wishes.  I'm now approaching the age of dirt!
  3. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Thanks, Dennis.  Once I had the basic measurements and some photos to go by it was just a matter of finding the right materials.  I made the engine from a piece of plastic deck board material.  Not sure of the correct name for it but it is very easy to sand and shape.  The crankshaft housing and the portion where the plugs are is one piece.  The face of the crank housing was routed out and then a small piece of brass screen was put over the opening along with a trim ring.  The plugs are pieces of small brass tubing.  The rest is bits and pieces from the parts box, plastic tubing and brass wire.  The pump was made from one half of a turbo from a KW kit.  The plumbing is plastic tubing.
  4. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    IT's been a few days since the last post.  Had some non-modeling chores and other stuff to take care of.  And I needed to get back to the fire house to measure up the pump and plumbing for the back of the rig.  Got that done about 10 days ago.  After a bit of study of the pictures and a search on line I found that the pump engine was a 2 cylinder Wisconsin.  The pump is a Hale centrifugal.  So here are some pics of the pump and plumbing prior to installation and before adding some gages.  I need also to add some valves to the bottom discharge lines.
    The pump and manifold are now installed and the first hose line has been laid in place.  This is a hand line that would not normally be pulled while in brushbreaking operations.  But not every incident requires that and sometimes the truck will be standing still while wetdown is in progress.  So they would pull this line and do the final extinguishment.

  5. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic C-600 Ford wrecker with a scratchbuilt Holmes style boom   

    Nice scratch building!  Nice combination of cab and body.
     
  6. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Oh No Here I Go Again!   

    Fun working with old stuff, eh!  Just my kind of building!
  7. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Lowboy load   

    Never thought to look in that kind of store for goodies!  I will now!
  8. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic From RC Toy to Lowboy Load   

    It's fun doing that type of thing.  Great job!  Some things look a bit oversize for a D6 but the effect is there.  Should look pretty nice on a lowbed.
  9. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Frustrations!   

    So what made it fall apart??
  10. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Michael:  If you go to CapeCodFD.com you will find a section on these types of trucks and how they are used.  It's a great website for all kinds of things that make up the Cape Cod fire services.
     
  11. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Shops continue to be busy zeroing in on the last of the major building.  One more trip to the fire station is in order to get information on the pump and plumbing for the rear behind the tank.  The side protection was added today along with a few decals.  The end caps were added to each of the wheels so hopefully they will not need to come off again!

  12. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Some more progress since getting back from NNL EAst.  The brush bars are done and the tank and new hose bin on the top have been finished.  Got some hand tools done up with more to come along with some forestry hose and larger filler hose to put in the bin.  Next up will be to finish the side protection for the fuel tanks and then move on to the pump and plumbing for the rear.  We're gettin' there!

  13. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    You are welcome, Tom.  Too bad we didn't meet!   Would have enjoyed talking with you.
  14. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    Here is some more progress with the side protection partially completed.  There will be more bars that will run from those at the front of the cab to the upper bar that is out front.  There is also added bar work that extends toward the rear.  I re built the hose basket on top of the tank but have not added the mesh sides yet.  Glue and paint have to dry some and I need to finish re painting the tank.  After that the fuel tank protection and sides under the cab doors will be done.

  15. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic New Brush Truck Started   

    After a short layoff on building we were back at it again.  Had to get several more measurements in order to begin the bar work around the truck.  If that front bar looks high and way out front that is how it is on the real truck.  Too much IMHO but that's the way it is.  Water tank is done but I messed up on the hose bin up top and will have to do it over.  It should have gone all the way to the back end of the tank!  Should have studied my pics a little more!