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    Default Recently restored my grandfather's fire truck!!

    Hello brothers & sisters,

    Itís been a few years since I last visited this website. My name is Keith Seafield, I am a 25-year vet of the Miami-Dade Fire Department. I just finished a 5-year restoration of my grandfather's fire truck. He actually used this vehicle in the early 50's when he was a member of the Chicago Fire Patrol. Itís a 1951 Ford F7 with a custom body built by the Schukraft Company of Chicago. While writing a book about the Chicago Fire Patrol, I met members of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago who had 3 former Fire Patrol trucks in their collection. When it came time to downsize their inventory of fire trucks in 2007 they offered me first shot at buying my grandfather's truck. The price was $800!! This past April, my grandfather's original driver, former Patrol member and retired CFD Batt Chief Ron DiRenzo, drove my family in our cities annual parade. Here are some links to the event and to my website on the Chicago Fire Patrol. I also just finished writing my second book entitled, " Chicago Fire Patrol #5 The Story and Restoration of My Grandfather's Fire Truck."
    My website: http://chicagofirepatrol.com/

    The restoration of the fire truck documented on the Ford truck Enthusiasts website: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/10...heetmetal.html

    Youtube videos of the truck:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVtenzz5F1Y

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3U0YZ1Du8c

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKtxAL76Zxk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LirA61jiDQ
    Last edited by Chicago Fire Patrol; 08-14-2013 at 02:41 PM.

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    Very cool videos, and I loved the interview as well.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.

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    Thanks I'm glad you enjoyed them!!

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    The fire patrol and the discontinuation of it are reflections of how much our society has changed. We are almost 100% a throw away society now. Nice truck and you stole it for $800
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    Not many folks get to restore and drive their Dad's "office".

    You are one lucky dude.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.

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    Thanks Guys!! I look at the truck at I can't believe I own it!! The 5-year restoration was well worth it.

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    Awesome job bro! That is sweet. Looks like to made BC DiRenzo's year!
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    Default Ron DiRenzo passed on 9-29-13

    Ron passed on 9-29-13. Only 5 months ago he was driving the rig!!

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    Like fyrmnk said -you 'made his year" with your hard work. Just remember to keep it shined up, cause im sure he is keeping a close eye on it from above.
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    Default Grandfather's Driver's Obit

    Thanks. here is Ron's obit. What an interesting life he had!!

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    Car Show Television aired a segment on the rig. Check it out!

    http://www.carshowtelevision.com/

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    Awesome truck, hate to hear he's gone. Guys like that are pure American treasure.

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    Thanks Andy!!

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