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For Sale: Champion Babcock 40-Gallon Chemical Tank

Champion Babcock hammered-end 40-gallon chemical tank with mounts. Used on early American LaFrance and others. Was used as a booster tank at one time. Very nice displayable original nickel plating; it is in as-found condition, so it may polish to a better finish. Please inquire for pricing. I can assist with packing and arrange shipping.

For Sale: Champion Babcock 40-Gallon Chemical Tank2020-01-28T14:20:21-04:00

Restoration: 1923 Autocar Truck

Manufactured by the Autocar truck company of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, this truck was found in a junk yard in Montgomery County, PA and restored in the early 1960s by the present owner's family--the black and white photo included in the slideshow above is of the owner as a young boy when it was found.  This first restoration included a replica antique bus body; they used

Restoration: 1923 Autocar Truck2020-01-30T10:55:12-04:00

Restoration: 1898 American LaFrance Hand-Pulled Hose Cart

In 1898,  Pittsford, New York's fire department purchased two  two hand-pulled hose carts, which they still own. One cart was stored in the fire house attic in pieces for over 40 years. When the pieces were removed from storage, they still retained some of their original paint and decoration.  The surviving decoration and original red paint was a huge help in the final phase

Restoration: 1898 American LaFrance Hand-Pulled Hose Cart2020-01-22T14:16:03-04:00

Restoration: 1908 American LaFrance Metropolitan

1908 American LaFrance Metropolitan 3rd-size horse-drawn steam fire engine. Built for Bath, Pennsylvania, it is equipped with a 600gpm piston-type pump powered by a two-cylinder vertical steam engine. This beautiful steamer received a full, authentic frame-up restoration, completed in 2017, featuring nickel plating, correct factory two-tone red color scheme, and 23K gold leaf decoration using factory patterns. Other aspects of the restoration process included

Restoration: 1908 American LaFrance Metropolitan2020-01-21T00:59:10-04:00

Restoration: 1916 Type 10 American LaFrance Triple Combination #1174

Restoration on this special fire engine--factory record #1174--was completed summer of 2018 for its original owner, the Fire Department of Newville, Pennsylvania. It's chain driven by an American LaFrance 70hp four-cylinder T-head engine, outfitted with a 400gpm pump and 40-gallon chemical tank, and rides on original wood spoke hard rubber tires.

Restoration: 1916 Type 10 American LaFrance Triple Combination #11742020-01-30T10:55:27-04:00

For Sale: New American LaFrance T-Head Cylinder Castings

Have a head that is beyond or too costly to repair? Tired of dealing with old and new cracks, broken mounting feet and rust out holes? Here is the solution! Help bring your engine back to life!  After many years in planning and development the long-awaited new American LaFrance T head cylinders are now available for models 4cyl type 10 and 6cyl type 75

For Sale: New American LaFrance T-Head Cylinder Castings2018-06-18T12:09:37-04:00
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