Restoration update

I have been talking about some of the design features of Fire 32, but for this posting I wanted to bring you up to speed where I am at with the restoration. As you can see in the picture at the shop, Fire 32 has had all the exterior equipment, including lights, doors, hand rails and pump panel removed. I began this process in 1999, and like many projects that are filled with good intentions, the project has dragged along over the years. The paint was scraped from the body using a putty knife. The old paint was very brittle and shattered as the scraper was moved along. It took all layers off down to the primer. It was very obvious where the body had been worked on and newer paint had been applied, as the scraper did nothing in these areas. I am working to get the engine fired and the truck ready to go roll on the road, as I have a sandblaster ready to go to work on the body. As soon as I get some welding and fabrication projects completed, I will be taking it to Kasper Sandblasting in Vancouver, Washington where they will sandblast the body and apply a coat of epoxy primer to protect the cleaned metal. I had another fire truck, a 1966 Mack C-125 that I worked a deal with the blaster and traded them for the work on Fire 32. I have always liked the C model and hated to see it go, but based on storage facilities (or lack there of), available time and priorities, I felt it was a great trade. The guys at Kasper Sandblasting are still trying to figure out what they are going to do with a fire truck, but they have enjoyed having it so far.

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