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    Default Can you identify the apparatus manufacturer?

    A friend of mine just became chief of a volunteer department, and one of his guys scanned these pictures from Ye Olden Days.

    The best I can tell, the cab is around a 1953 Ford. Looking at the valve handles and the shape of the emblem just below the hosebed, I think I know who the apparatus builder is, but I'm not sure.

    Before The Big Reveal, any guesses? No one has any idea where the truck is now.

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    American fire apparatus -from Michigan -later Georgia
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    Ha! I was right. We had a '61 Ford/American at a previous department, and I thought it looked like one. I'll share our conclusions with Jason.

    Beautiful rig, isn't it? I don't care what jokes people make, I love that lime yellow.

    Here's my old truck. Scroll down to the next-to-last to see 5726, the American.
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    I always liked that "art deco" looking cab to body work. The old Howes, TASCs and also used that style.
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    Everything had a distinctive look back then. That's why I miss the commercial cab rigs. They used to be much more common, and you could tell a Ford from a Chevy from an IH. The custom cabs all look the same, at least at first glance. The rare exceptions there are Sutphens and now the Pierce PUC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Everything had a distinctive look back then. That's why I miss the commercial cab rigs. They used to be much more common, and you could tell a Ford from a Chevy from an IH. The custom cabs all look the same, at least at first glance. The rare exceptions there are Sutphens and now the Pierce PUC.
    Even the customs all had a distinct look. There was no mistaking an ALF for a Seagrave for a WLF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    Even the customs all had a distinct look. There was no mistaking an ALF for a Seagrave for a WLF.
    Yeah, I should have clarified that. Old-school customs were distinctive. Today they are all mighty similar.

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    you really should check out the Youngstown fire forums.
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    And firepics.net!
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    I'll do that. And you characters should go to kentuckyfiretrucks.com, which has somewhere over 3,700 rigs pictured. If you're curious about my department, go to Johnson County and click on W.R. Castle. I was also a member at Taylorsville-Spencer County in--you guessed it--Spencer County.

    All these people talk about their food photos on Facebook being "food porn". I guess I am into fire apparatus porn.
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    The KentuckyFireTrucks site is run by a friend of mine with assistance from another Kentucky chief. They do a great job maintaining it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    The KentuckyFireTrucks site is run by a friend of mine with assistance from another Kentucky chief. They do a great job maintaining it.
    Not sure why I never noticed you're in Virginny. What part?

    Yes, I'd love to just drive all over the place during my retirement and look at fire trucks all day. Those rascals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Not sure why I never noticed you're in Virginny. What part?
    I'm in the Richmond area, but travel through Eastern Kentucky 3-4 times a year to see family.

    Yes, I'd love to just drive all over the place during my retirement and look at fire trucks all day. Those rascals!
    I bet they both wish they were retired! One's a fire marshal and the other is a fire chief. We're all part of a subculture that really enjoys apparatus photography, apparatus history, and sharing that with others. We all also happen to have VERY understanding wives. ;-)
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    Now that is a dandy old engine K-Fried. Can't say I'm crazy about the color like you though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Ha! I was right. We had a '61 Ford/American at a previous department, and I thought it looked like one. I'll share our conclusions with Jason.

    Beautiful rig, isn't it? I don't care what jokes people make, I love that lime yellow.

    Here's my old truck. Scroll down to the next-to-last to see 5726, the American.
    That's definitely NOT a "Lime Yellow" color, (in fact it would be Lime GREEN) It may be faded a bit in the pic, but it's more of just a plain yellow. I think that's way before the Lime Green of the 70's was even considered for safety.

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    If you'd like to see what we're playing with up here in NY, check out this page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    If you'd like to see what we're playing with up here in NY, check out this page.
    Which department in Jefferson County are you?
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