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    Default My "new" '75 Seagrave

    Some of you may remember the thread where I was looking for the vintage Opticom emitter and the Seagrave bell. Well I found both, although the bell is out for re-chroming.

    At any rate, this is why I was searching. I obtained a '75 Seagrave to use primarily with our IAFF local for charity events, PAC functions, press conferences, school visits, parades, etc. It has also already been requested for a few kids birthday parties.

    Here is the history: Originally purchased by Fairfax County, VA. Factory refurbed in the late 90's and converted to 4 door cab. Sold to Chinchilla VFD in PA around 2003. Then sold to a retired fireman in the LA area who supplies fire apparatus to production companies for TV commercials, TV shows, and movies. Sold to me in December and it finally arrived about 4-5 days ago by truck freight.

    So far I have:

    Removed a 60" Whelen NFPA Freedom LED bar (on ebay) I
    Installed the Twinsonic.
    Replaced the rear beacons.
    Washed and waxed it
    Installed Federal Q
    Installed vintage Opticom emitter.
    Lettered to my department with our IAFF Local number - why its E-1784

    What I have left:

    Install bell when it gets back
    Install flush OR pedestal mount Mars 888
    Replace starter switch on generator
    Cover or remove lettering on front of cab.
    Convert Whelen halogen lights on the ffront to strobe.

    Thanks for indulging me!!


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    That thing still looks nice enough to be a frontline engine in many departments.

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    Sharp looking ride, Lieut.

    It's no '74 Seagrave, but a buddy and I still kick ourselves in the rear when we think about this 1980 FMC the city got rid of for scrap cost a few years ago. They accepted bids to buy it and we joked about putting in $500 just for fun but didn't do it. As it turns out, no one bid on the thing and it went away to the scrap yard. I always thought it would look good numbered Engine 4453 -- our local number. We were just talking the other day about finding one similar to refurb... but it would certainly cost us more than $500 now.


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    Loot, where are you storing it, and who did you go with for insurance and how much if I may ask? How did you title it? Just comparing.......Here is the FWD just ITCHING to get out into it's "natural element."
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    FWD,

    I do not have it titled yet, but I imagine it will just be titled to me. We may title it to me and the Local......not sure yet. We have to look into any possible ramifications of doing that.

    I have it insured for almost 3 times what I payed for it through Hagerty insurance. It costs me $161 a year for a zero deductible policy.

    I am storing it at an inside storage place down the street from the Memphis Station that I work at.
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    "Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.


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    That is a nice looking rig. Very clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Loot, where are you storing it, and who did you go with for insurance and how much if I may ask? How did you title it? Just comparing.......Here is the FWD just ITCHING to get out into it's "natural element."
    I'm impressed. There isn't room for a car in my garage -- let alone a fire engine. (Of course, that's mostly because it's a garage in a 1940s house. Few cars would fit in the thing if it was empty. But, still...)

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    You boys might have cried, We just sold a 1955 Dodge, with a Hemi powered waterous for the price of 1350.
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    Great looking rig!


    Coz,

    Our dept. just sold a somewhat similar engine, 1974 Ford/John Bean? (unsure of the manufactuer) for $900 I believe it was. A few of us had joked around about chipping in and buying it.

    Our fireman's association bought and refurbed the first engine our department ever had, a 1961 Ford/American and we use it as a parade truck. The thing is awesome.... I'll have to get some pictures of that up here.

    Maybe we should start a thread for vintage fire apparatus owned by forum members?
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    I wish I had some pictures of our 1923 Stoughton. 350 gpm pump. Used until 1950. Sold to a farmer who used it pump manure. Eventually bought back and refurbished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    You boys might have cried, We just sold a 1955 Dodge, with a Hemi powered waterous for the price of 1350.
    Man, I would've jumped on that in a heartbeat. Got any old pictures?

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    Here you Go, We all kind of Cried when it left, But it happens I guess, And yes the odometer reading is correct.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Here you Go, We all kind of Cried when it left, But it happens I guess, And yes the odometer reading is correct.






    Wow. I like that. Such low miles too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cozmosis View Post
    I'm impressed. There isn't room for a car in my garage -- let alone a fire engine. (Of course, that's mostly because it's a garage in a 1940s house. Few cars would fit in the thing if it was empty. But, still...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    FWD,

    I do not have it titled yet, but I imagine it will just be titled to me. We may title it to me and the Local......not sure yet. We have to look into any possible ramifications of doing that.

    I have it insured for almost 3 times what I payed for it through Hagerty insurance. It costs me $161 a year for a zero deductible policy.

    I am storing it at an inside storage place down the street from the Memphis Station that I work at.
    What I meant about the title maybe went along with "how will it be registered?" As an antique?? As a classic?? Check with your insurance provider, you may have to title it as a classic under their policy (DAMN THATS EXPENSIVE!!!! just kidding.....I only pay $68.00 per year, under Met Life.)

    And never, ever, ever store it long-term outdoors. Even with a cover. Never. Ever. Ever!!!!!!!
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    Anyone interested in a 62 Ford/Young Brothers rig? Needs some cleaning and TLC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    What I meant about the title maybe went along with "how will it be registered?" As an antique?? As a classic?? Check with your insurance provider, you may have to title it as a classic under their policy (DAMN THATS EXPENSIVE!!!! just kidding.....I only pay $68.00 per year, under Met Life.)

    And never, ever, ever store it long-term outdoors. Even with a cover. Never. Ever. Ever!!!!!!!
    Oh!!! I am clearly new at this. Thanks for the insight. I know TN does antique registrations. Not sure about classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    Some of you may remember the thread where I was looking for the vintage Opticom emitter and the Seagrave bell. Well I found both, although the bell is out for re-chroming.

    At any rate, this is why I was searching. I obtained a '75 Seagrave to use primarily with our IAFF local for charity events, PAC functions, press conferences, school visits, parades, etc. It has also already been requested for a few kids birthday parties.

    Here is the history: Originally purchased by Fairfax County, VA. Factory refurbed in the late 90's and converted to 4 door cab. Sold to Chinchilla VFD in PA around 2003. Then sold to a retired fireman in the LA area who supplies fire apparatus to production companies for TV commercials, TV shows, and movies. Sold to me in December and it finally arrived about 4-5 days ago by truck freight.

    So far I have:

    Removed a 60" Whelen NFPA Freedom LED bar (on ebay) I
    Installed the Twinsonic.
    Replaced the rear beacons.
    Washed and waxed it
    Installed Federal Q
    Installed vintage Opticom emitter.
    Lettered to my department with our IAFF Local number - why its E-1784

    What I have left:

    Install bell when it gets back
    Install flush OR pedestal mount Mars 888
    Replace starter switch on generator
    Cover or remove lettering on front of cab.
    Convert Whelen halogen lights on the ffront to strobe.

    Thanks for indulging me!!


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    It is nice Robert. Can I visit and drive her??
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer View Post
    Our fireman's association bought and refurbed the first engine our department ever had, a 1961 Ford/American and we use it as a parade truck.
    The 1980 FMC was actually older than our city! The pumper was bought by the Property Owner's Association back when the area was unincorporated. Maumelle didn't incorporate until 1985. So we let history slip away, too.

    What's crazy is that to me, 1980 doesn't seem like it should be an antique -- but according to the state DMV, 1985's are antiques this year. Yeesh. Not only would it have been good to keep for historic and parade purposes... but, when I think ahead to when I die at age 103, the FMC had a low hose bed. It would have made it easier for the boys to load my pine box for the trip to the church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post

    wow that thing is sweet! Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by cozmosis View Post

    What's crazy is that to me, 1980 doesn't seem like it should be an antique -- but according to the state DMV, 1985's are antiques this year. Yeesh. Not only would it have been good to keep for historic and parade purposes... but, when I think ahead to when I die at age 103, the FMC had a low hose bed. It would have made it easier for the boys to load my pine box for the trip to the church.

    1989 is considered antique here in WI. Anything 20 years old or older, you can get either antique or hobbyist plates for it. Or any homemade motorcycles resembling something at least 20 years old. (from the dmv site- http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers...l/hobbyist.htm )
    My buddy is getting hobbyist plates for his "performance" 89 Geo Metro

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    Hey Ray, do you live on SI, in between the bottom of Todt Hill Road and Hylan Blvd????
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