1923 Ford Model T Fire Pumper
Chassis no. 8502542
During the depression years, financially strapped communities resorted to creative ways of satisfying the need for mechanized fire equipment. Many fire apparatuses were made from old passenger cars and often disused, powerful cars like Pierce-Arrows. These luxury cars did make fine machines although they were not easy to find in all communities and could prove expensive to maintain.
The Model T Ford, though not particularly powerful, was rugged, reliable and inexpensive to operate. Numerous T fire trucks were built including this nicely constructed pumper.
Possibly built on a factory delivered chassis, it is more likely a "shop built" example modified from a discarded passenger car or truck. Well-built, nicely equipped and showing a good level of workmanship, the truck survives today in weathered though largely complete condition with much of its specialized fire equipment. The piston water pump is intact and runs off a huge gear reduction flywheel. Being based on user friendly Model T components, the rejuvenation of this machine could be more straight forward than the average fire apparatus.
Overall, this is an interesting example of a rare survivor that is certainly worth saving.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.