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Old 10-02-2019, 06:47 PM   #21
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Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 3126b 210hp
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Whoa! Welcome!

Now put the ladders back on top.

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Old 10-02-2019, 08:59 PM   #22
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Reminds me of the old Gypsy wagons. Nice build!
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:41 PM   #23
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You seem to have some boatbuilder in you. Nice job!
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:44 PM   #24
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Isn't that a tilt cab? Might make working on the engine a little difficult.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:44 AM   #25
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No not a tilt cab mid engine ( I.e. the engine and radiator is entirely behind the cab), I've left access to the engine from the sides and the floor is removable from above, these engines rarely need to be removed entirely, at most it would need an in-frame rebuild but I doubt ill ever put enough mile on it to wear it out. I do start the engine every 2-3 weeks and run it till she's warm.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:49 AM   #26
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..Oh yeah it is just under 40 feet long and 13'3" tall so she's a big girl. and maybe a little wide I meant for it to be 8'6" wide but there might be some trim that exceeds that
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:37 AM   #27
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Location: Barrie ON
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Year: 1997
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Chassis: International
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that is an outstanding rig, love the build and as others have mentioned beauty powerplant

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Old 10-09-2019, 01:01 PM   #28
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Chassis: GMC
Engine: Cat 3116
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I have missed this till now. Nice to see your vision come to reality. Great machine back then and now re-purposed.
Who woulda thought a ladder firetruck?

Love your handywork, all the best,

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Old 10-09-2019, 01:09 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Rock-N-Ruth View Post
I have always wanted to do a fire truck. The wife almost got on bird once. I love it. Let us come see it in person someday P L E A S E!
Me too

I am looking forward to seeing your build. You obviously have imagination and skills.

It is from talented people like you that I borrow my best ideas
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:23 PM   #30
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Very nice setup but why did you remove the ladder.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:57 AM   #31
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Location: Johnson City TN
Posts: 401
Year: 2004
Coachwork: IC/AMTRANS RE
Engine: T444E 7.3 w/ MD3060
Rated Cap: 36000lbs / 78pass / 39'
Man that is awesome, I always wondered about using a fire truck platform.
Now I know for sure it's more work than I would do LOL I'm too lazy for all that.
Thanks so much for showing and keep us updated looks like all of us are in agreement, you def have a real gem there. Really excited for you!
If you would like to check out my website that has all sort of information especially for the T444E/7.3PSD engines check out I've got helpful downloads and articles as well as a link to my YT for other how to videos mainly on the F series trucks.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:06 PM   #32
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Any updates? I'm excited for this.
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