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Restoration update

Posted in Restoration on September 10, 2009 by mikefire32

Tonight after work, Andy and Don, our painters at work, followed me to the shop so they could get their first look at Fire 32. I have been talking with them about painting the truck since I started at the company back in January. Since I have not talked about myself or what I do for a living, I should at least give you a glimps of what I do each day. I am the contract administrator for H&W Emergency Vehicles in Aloha, Oregon. We are a fire apparatus manufacturer and epair facility as well as the dealer for Crimson Fire, AEV and Road Rescue.  As you can imagine, I am around fire apparatus every day, so for someone passionate about restoring an old fire engine, I am in the perfect setting.

Andy and Don looked over the project to get an idea of what needs to be done. Their basic response was…you want to do what? I knew I had a big project on my hands, but I have to say I went away a bit discouraged, not sure if I will ever get Fire 32 on the road. I had been real excited about my progress over the past year, especially after getting it sand blasted, but reality hit home tonight. I think it may have been a bit amplified by the fact that I was totally worn out today, and I have discovered that I am much more susseptible to discouragement when I am tired, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

What it did do was to re-emphasize the fact that I need to get others involved, as I can’t do it by myself. I have thought many times about having work parties to get a bunch of work done in a hurry, but I have procrastinated and done nothing. I have a couple of friends that have helped out, but it is time to tap into all those people who have offered to help. It is time to start that e-mail chain to alert people as to when I am going to work.


Restoration update September 2009

Posted in Restoration on September 3, 2009 by mikefire32

It’s been a while since I posted on this site, but that does not mean I have not been working away. As I mentioned in the last post, I was getting Fire 32 ready to go to the sandblaster. I had quite a few welding and fabrication projects to complete before I took it to the blaster, the only problem being I had very little welding experience to  fall back on. There were several welders who said they were willing to help, but they never came through, so I jumped in with both feet and simply went for it. Here are a few of the projects I had to get through in order to get the truck ready for the sandblaster:

Hole in right side tool compartment.

Hole in right side tool compartment


Tool compartment welded

Rack in preconnect compartment


Left front compartment
BeforeSide discharges


There were several other projects that required patch panels, one that required a custom fabricated piece, and multiple holes that needed to be filled. I found that if the piece was flat in front of me, I could lay down a pretty good weld, but if the piece is at an angle, then I had some issues with getting a good weld.

Restoration update

Posted in Restoration on February 17, 2009 by mikefire32

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.