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    Default ALF 700-series truck dimensions?

    This is a bit left-field I know, but hoping someone with an interest in vintage fire vehicles can help me out.

    I'm doing virtual-3D modelling as a hobby and have made a 1950 American LaFrance pumper based on photos like this;



    I can't scale it correctly unless I can find the length, width and height of the real-world truck. Have Googled until blue in the face and found nothing useful.

    Can anyone tell me the dimensions? (to the nearest foot would be accurate enough, but if you have exact measurements, even better).

    Any help appreciated.

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    The tires are typicaly about 40" in diameter. May help.

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    ballpark length would be about 24ft.

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    That indeed helps with length and height scaling. Now I just need an idea of the width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDino53 View Post
    That indeed helps with length and height scaling. Now I just need an idea of the width.
    The legal width for highway trucks in the US for many years was 96". Since fire apparatus builders purchased their axles from the same suppliers as highway truck builders, it's a not unsafe assumption that your truck would be something close to 96" at the tailboard.

    However, I have a friend who has an 800 series (very similar). I will try to stop by his house and measure it.

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    I look forward to hearing back on that.

    I was told by others that these trucks were reasonably small, so I'm not sure just what to expect.

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    still looking forward..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDino53 View Post
    still looking forward..


    Try this site:

    http://www.alfowners.com/dnn/
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDino53 View Post
    still looking forward..
    Mr.Dino53 - My apologies for not responding much sooner. Unfortunately, with lots going on, it slipped between the cracks.

    I was at a muster in Allentown, Pa. several weeks ago and got the opportunity to measure what I believe was an 800 series. There was some debate as to whether it was really was an 800, as it had a wider cab.

    I believe that the 700s and 800s were pretty similar. The biggest difference appears to be that 700s for the most part had their pump panels on the right side whereas 800s were on the left.

    According to one friend who is knowledgeable with respect to ALF, some of the last of the 800s had cabs from 900s. The reason I think it was an 800 is that the steer axle track was quite narrow like it was made for the narrower 700 and 800 cab. But it did measure 96" across the back step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    ..... But it did measure 96" across the back step.
    Then that's the number I was after. Many thanks Chief!

    ~ Dino

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Thank you Capt. I have in fact been in contact with Tim Henshaw, the webmaster and he's also promised some dimensions for me, but I haven't heard back from him as yet. I probably now have the most critical data which was the width, so any extra info will be a bonus.

    ~ Dino

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