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1968 Ward LaFrance Ambassador Pumper
This is 1968 Ward LaFrance Ambassador pumper. It has a 1000 gpm pump and 300 gallon booster tank. It has a diesel engine. Ward LaFrance introduced the distinctive and famous Ambassador cab-forward pumper in 1962. The Ambassador is best known as Engine 51 of Emergency! television fame.
About this creation
The Ambassador was part of a larger "Presidential Series" of apparatus from Ward LaFrance all of which featured the distinctive angular cab. The series included the Diplomat mid-ship aerial ladder truck, the Senator snorkel, Delegate Rescue truck, Envoy tanker, Congressman light unit, Governor foam truck, Statesman ARFF and Courier brush truck. This was Ward LaFrance's signature product for the next sixteen years.

These trucks were popular on both coasts and all over the States. New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, Huston, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Rochester and Newark are just some of the cities who used Ambassador pumpers.

Despite the 3000 miles drive, sixteen of these pumpers served in the San Francisco Fire Department. Forty-two Ambassador pumpers served in the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The 1973 Ambassador better known as "Engine 51" of Emergency! fame finally was retired in 2009. Its 36 years of service is testament to the quality of the Ward LaFrance product line. It and the former "Squad 51" are now centerpieces of the collection of the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum in Bellflower, California.

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



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 I like it 
  January 13, 2014
Your welcome. :)
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  January 13, 2014
Quoting Thomas Johnson Nice job! But Engine 51 was a '73 not a '72 or a '74.
Thanks. We have updated our information and added that Engine 51 and Squad 51 have been reunited in the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum.
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  January 12, 2014
Nice job! But Engine 51 was a '73 not a '72 or a '74.
  December 18, 2013
Hello engine co 51!
  August 23, 2013
Awesome Ambassador! I build LA County Style Crowns. Hope to get a Moc Page account soon!
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White Knight
  November 6, 2011
a classic beauty !>....well done....
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  March 10, 2011
Quoting Matthew Miller Nice WLF. It looks great. Thanks for the comments on my trucks. I can see what you mean with my 1932 seagrave. I am going to try and rebuild the engine. Again thanks for the comments. I am planning on building another WLF engine.
Try your hand at a FireBrand. They are neat pumpers. The following is a website with an excellent group of photos of Firebrands: http://www.youngstownfire.com/forums/index.php?topic=2519.0
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  March 10, 2011
Nice WLF. It looks great. Thanks for the comments on my trucks. I can see what you mean with my 1932 seagrave. I am going to try and rebuild the engine. Again thanks for the comments. I am planning on building another WLF engine.
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  October 5, 2010
Great work!
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  April 30, 2010
Awesome job!!! You should really try to build Engine 51 next. By the way, the engineer from the show, FF Mike Stoker, also a real L.A. County FD engineer, actually drove the rig from the Ward LaFrance factory to New York and through some of the journey.
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  April 16, 2010
it kinda looks like the engines off of emergency!
 
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