Ford Model T Fire Truck

Ford called the Model T “The Universal Car.” The word “universal” was appropriate, because Model Ts went everywhere, and they were useful for everything: passengers, cargo, farm use, or any number of specialized tasks. It is not surprising, then, that many were pressed into fire service.

This period-correct fire truck is constructed on an authentic 1913 chassis. It has correct 1913 lamps and fittings, while the fire apparatus is of the 1913 period and later, as would have been the custom back in the day. Sometimes chassis were converted to special uses some years after a spell in passenger use, and in any case continual improvements were made during the time that a unit of fire apparatus remained in service.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

20 bhp, 176.7 cu. in. four-cylinder inline L-head engine, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, transmission brake and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal

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