1938 Ahrens Fox HT Pumper
HT was Fox's last attempt to sell the piston pumper. Manufactured from
1937 to 1952, a total of 65 were produced.
With it’s 935 cu. in. Hercules 6 cylinder engine and a four speed overdrive transmission, the truck can run 65mph easily.
The 6 cylinder piston pump was rated at 1000 gpm, but departments routinely got
gpm during pump tests. Our example is
unusual, being the last HT produced with single rear tires. It was the 25th unit off the
serial number 3445. It also has a specially
ordered 6 volt Oldsmobile clock in the dashboard.
of 2009, the HT went home for a visit. On the way to Indianapolis for
the national SPAAMFAA muster we stopped
off and gave the active and retired
FFs in Sandusky a chance to see their old truck. We photographed
it in various
spots around town where it had been
photographed years ago- it was a great trip.
Seated behind the mammoth engine and pump, the driver
is halfway between the front and rear axles- a trick to drive!
The HT crosses the finish line at the Indy 500 Speedway
At the 2010 SPAAMFAA Summer Muster, the HT is supplying water to the 1902 Femco Water Tower (in background).
Houston's Chuck Buschardt operates the truck.