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Backdraft57
10-03-2008, 08:42 PM
My department just brought back our original 1916 American LaFrance. My department took delivery of the rig in October 1916. We found it, checked serial numbers and all the guys donated and we bought it. Through a series of events it ended up being delivered October 1, 2008,92 years later. It was amazing. Here I am enjoying its return to our Station 1.
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/1916_LaFrance_with_McDonald_001.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/1916_LaFrance_with_McDonald_002.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/1916_LaFrance_with_McDonald_003.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/1916_LaFrance_with_McDonald_004.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/1916_LaFrance_with_McDonald_005.jpg

OOPS! How did she sneek in!
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/madel.jpg

Heinrich505
10-03-2008, 10:43 PM
Backdraft57,
That is one fine machine, the smooth lines, the sleek exterior, the shiny chrome displayed up front.....WOW. Oh yes, the fire truck is pretty cool too....

Ah, just kidding. Those LaFrances are so neat. I've seen some in parades years back, but just having that much history at your fingertips is so great. I'm glad your crew was able to put that truck in a safe place and preserve it. Nice work. And yeah, how did she sneak in? Thanks for sharing. The pictures are great.

Heinrich505

Celeon999
10-04-2008, 03:08 AM
Beautiful machine http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And in such excellent condition. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Are the ladders the original equipment or repros ?

Backdraft57
10-04-2008, 06:49 PM
They are period ladders but we don't know if they are original to the truck. It sat in a museum for 50+ yeas and some guy back east bought it and restored into running condition. He then researched the unit and found where it originated and called us. We checked out the numbers with the American LaFrance company it it all checked out as our original truck. We have pictures of it (circa late 20's) as it was still being used here.

Heinrich505
10-04-2008, 09:12 PM
Backdraft,
Can you post the pictures from the 20's? Just curious. It would be something to see the old girl in the original period of use as well.

Heinrich505

K_Freddie
10-05-2008, 04:19 AM
I hope she's wearing jackboots - then she walk all over me anytime http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

errrr .. nice fireengine, nearly didn't see that

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Realjambo
10-05-2008, 06:23 AM
What a very rewarding project to be involved in Backdraft57! Thanks for sharing the great pics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

(ALL of them! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif )

Backdraft57
10-06-2008, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Heinrich505:
Backdraft,
Can you post the pictures from the 20's? Just curious. It would be something to see the old girl in the original period of use as well.

Heinrich505
Here she is in front of the station late 20's. Our engine we bought is actually the one on the very end. The engine closest to the camera is a 1921 LaFrance. There is a picture of our engine on the side but its hanging on the wall with no way for me to remove and scan. We have not unpacked all the boxes but one contains the original bell that will be mounted on the fire wall.
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m224/backdraft57/image001.jpg

Heinrich505
10-06-2008, 09:42 PM
Backdraft,
Oh yeah, those old shots are so cool. Thanks for posting. She looks pretty much the same and no worse the wear, after you fixed her up.

Heinrich505