1. to save the camp if it catches on fire
2. to water the grass
3. to propel kids down the slip n slide at kids camp
4. to drive in local hometown parades
5. to have an excuse to hire an old school sign painter to letter the doors.
He typically likes to spring these purchases on me, especially when they are entirely impractical, like this one.
But it's pretty, so we’ll keep her. (Well, I guess this one is a ‘him’, so we’ll call him Hank.)
My little brother Sam found Frank for us- somewhere in Wisconsin, I can’t remember where.
Even though he’s in near perfect condition, we got him for a song. (who else would have use for a vintage fire truck?)
And so he’s got a new home.
Some pics of him in the 70’s, and now:
73 International 1310 4x4 mini-pumper, automatic trans, power steering and brakes. Originally assembled as a fire truck in WI then did most of its service in Strasburg PA, before going into service for a Christian commune off the grid in the Catskills, before coming home to WI. Paid @ $2500 for it , less than a used ATV! Around 11K original miles on it. Sirens, lights, PA and pump all work.
HERE IS A SHOT OF OUR TRUCK IN THE 70'S:
AND A DETAIL OF THE DOOR WE JUST HAD RE-LETTERED BY THE SIGN PAINTER GREASY BACON