John Bean Fire Pumps
Figured that this would be the proper place to post:
My family owns a 1968 International/John Bean High Pressure Pump
Over one of the cold winters here in PA, the pump froze and literally blew apart. We are in the process of restoring it and would like to get it operational again. If there is any place that anybody knows of that would have any replacement parts it would be greatly apprecitated.
Are you a member of SPAAMFAA? If not, you need to join to gain access to their valuable list of resources, and listings of other FMC (the original Mfr of your pump) owners.
Originally Posted by Tanker1-24
Also consider joining local chapters- The Pennsylvania Pump Primers is the Harrisburg area chapter of SPAAMFAA. There is also the Central Pennsylvania Fire Buffs, and I think there may be a Chapter of SPAAMFAA in Schuykill County as well.
And you should post this down in the engineering threads, where a lot of us antique motorheads hang out.
Where would I find out more information on these organizatitions? I'm located near Williamsport if that helps at all.
Originally Posted by FWDbuff
Still being made
The FMC/John Bean high pressure piston pumps started out as agricultural pumps and were adapted to the fire service. FMC sold the John Bean pump business a few years after they closed the apparatus division but the pumps are still being made and used in that industry. I canít remember who they sold that division to but if you did a web search for John Bean pumps and you should find a local distributor.
Here are two possible options of FMC pump parts:
1. Contact a fire appratus pump maintenance service company. The pump service mechanics should know who and where there is an inventory of FMC pump parts.
2. Another source would be to purchase a used John Bean pumper. Many were made and there may be one out there for sale cheap.
If you intend to pump water, option 1 is your best bet. If you are not going to pump water and just want a pump to get parts for "appearance" sake, option 2 may be your best bet (and cheapest).
Many John Beam apparatus were sold in the Midwest, therefore, that may be a good place to look.
Okay thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it guys i'll see if i can post some pics before and after eventually.
Originally Posted by Tanker1-24
Our dept back home has 2 of these trucks 1971 models, we had the pump packings (cups) wear out, and when we did find the packings they were about 200 bucks each, so be ready to spend some money on restoring the pump. Also there belt driven and take i believe a model B-96 or B-97 gates belt, dont get the cheap version of the belts it will shread them the first time you fire it up it takes all 4 belts to be on the pulley or it wont work. Id love to see a picture of this truck. I might know someone that has a few of these old pumps laying around he did alot of fire apparatus service over the years. shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
1967 International/John Bean
wow thats a nice truck, ours here are orange but thats a dead ringer for the IH one we have good luck with rebuilding the pump and ill see if i can get a hold of that guy that works on pumps see if he still has the old ones laying around
Thanks you can email me the info if you can get it.
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