I had a wonderful day taking the 1912 Mercedes GP-style special to the St Michaels Concours d'Elegance in beautiful St Michael's, Maryland in September 2019. Video by Julie Heikes
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
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
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 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.