1918 American LaFrance Type 40 Pumper
Missouri Valley, Iowa Fire Department
Delivered to Missouri Valley, Iowa FD in 1918, this truck had been sidelined for a number of years with cracked water jackets on the engine, as well as a number of electrical and ignition problems.
It was also in need of a frame off
Gold leaf has been applied to the hood
..after adding the black edging (hand painted black enamel)
..using the same enamel paint to add a drop shadow and outline to the lettering
The hood and fenders have been gold leafed, outlined and striped. They have not been clear coated yet, which will add the brilliant shine and protection.
Final details falling into place, even the axe was decorated on this truck
Many of our trucks 'pose' in front of the Stanley hotel before leaving town. The Stanley Hotel is a famous local landmark, part of the Stanley Steam Car history and Steven King's novel The Shining.