great little truck was delivered to Thiensville, Wisconsin in 1935 and
never left! Powered by a Hercules YXC
engine with a 500gpm Seagrave pump, it just
needed a little TLC to make it the pride of the Thiensville FD once
engine didn't run when it arrived at our shop. Many of the 6 volt connections
were dirty and the engine water
pump was seized. After the starter and carburetor
were rebuilt and the other issues addressed, it fired right up.
We stripped the truck to the essentials and repaired the pump.
As it arrived at our shop, with Seagrave peeling paint on the hood (common problem in the later years for this manufacturer).
Even the cowl is worthy of a hydraulic lifting device!
Removing the bed- note the lettering and some decoration remains
A new stainless pump shaft was fabricated and new bearings installed.
(It was fun to drive the truck without the hosebed, hood, or fenders!)
In the end, the truck went home in better than new condition, ready to be a part of the community again.
Testing the pump at Marys Lake before moving on to the body restoration
(above) Done! Another beautiful truck ready to leave Reliance.
(right) Passing by the station that it served at its whole career.