This is 1949 Ward LaFrance pumper. It has a 750 gpm pump and 300 gallon booster tank. It is typical of the stylish and rugged apparatus built by Ward LaFrance in the post-War period.
About this creation
Ward LaFrance was a major defense supplier in WWII. After the War, Ward LaFrance began to supply the pent up need for new fire apparatus. This pumper is one of the many units built in Elmira Heights during this time. Many major cities purchased Ward LaFrance apparatus during this period, including New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
FDNY was Ward LaFrance's best customer between 1937 and 1954 with over 220 deliveries in these years alone.
Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation of Elmira Heights, New York, was active in the fire apparatus industry from 1918 to 1979. In 1975 the holding corporation that owned Ward LaFrance purchased the venerable Massachusetts fire apparatus manufacturer Maxim and consolidated the production of the two companies. In mid-1979 Ward LaFrance closed down. BFD552@Gmail.com
My grandpap responded on a Ward LaFrance similar to this. But the rig was flipped and caught fire. My Grandpa simply could have been killed if one of the firefighters wouldnt have taken his place on the rig since he already made a run that day. My mom even has a letter from a guy that responded to that accident with my Grandpap after it flipped. When he sent the letter, he was a Salesman for Saulsbary but from what I beleive, he passed away a few years ago. In conclusion, I love looking at this model and think what it was like to respond on such a rig.... -Lee
After looking through all of your trucks again it makes me really wanna start making older trucks. They look and sound better than the new ones do. I'm glad theres somebody else out there that shares my enthusiasm for the classics.
Quoting Rik Whines
Fantastic creation! PLEASE tell me where you get your wheels/tyres from!!
Thank you. I get all my parts from Bricklink.com. The front and rear wheel are part number 55981. They are reversible. The tires are part number 30391. I also have started using part 58090 (solid) for front tires.