Compared to other trucks on this page fire trucks usually don’t receive that much attention. For that I am sorry. Consider this coverage of the recent Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America summer muster in Syracuse, NY as penance.
We’ll jump right into the action with a nice video containing the trucks arriving to Long Branch park from the convention hotel. Also included are a few clips of trucks parking and pumping water from the Onondaga Lake outlet. All ages of apparatus are present in this film.
One of the trucks that caught my eye was this 1941 American LaFrance truck from the McGraw Fire Department. I can’t begin to describe the lump of iron this truck has for an engine. Honestly, it had like 80 spark plugs going into what looked like one giant piece of cast iron. Jay Leno restored the exact same model in his garage/museum. Click here to learn a little more about the history of the McGraw truck.
Another American LaFrance, this one is all original. Yes, all original minus the refinished ladders. It survived the years thanks to an untold number of firemen keeping her in pristine shape when not out on a call. Idle hands do the work of the devil after all.
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