Founded by Fredric Seagrave during 1881 in Detroit, Michigan, Seagrave remains famous today as the oldest continuous manufacturer of fire-fighting trucks in the United States. In 1891, Seagrave moved to Columbus, Ohio and remained there until 1963, when FWD acquired it. That company was founded in 1909 by partners Otto Zachow and William Besserdich in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Its operations focused on the development of severe-duty truck chassis and it produced the first all-wheel-drive chassis in the United States. Following the buyout by FWD, Seagrave moved its entire operations to Clintonville, Wisconsin, and it continues to lead the fire-apparatus industry with a multitude of pumpers, rescue units, aerial trucks, fire equipment, and other products.
This highly engaging 1966 Seagrave Model 0-4104 Fire Truck is an interesting find. Its manufacture was completed on 02/09/66 and it was delivered new that year to Garden Grove City Township in California and originally numbered Garden Grove Unit #1. Subsequently, a county-wide renumbering designated the Seagrave as Unit H 838. It was refurbished while still in service during July 1984 and eventually retired in 1992.
Distinctively finished in two-tone bright yellow and bright red transverse livery. The interior was updated to accommodate passengers with the seats upholstered in vinyl, including the rear-facing jump seats and front compartment. Mechanicals were also updated with the original V-12 engine replaced by a new 6D92 Silver Crown Diesel engine mated to a 6-speed Spicer SST6 manual transmission. The electrical system was also partially updated to accommodate current use. The Seagrave retains all standard and optional service items and apparatus, including internal and external instrumentation, ladders, axes, fire extinguishers, bells, spotlights, sirens, hoses, a high-pressure extendable sprayer, and other miscellaneous items. The truck does retain its high-capacity 1,250 gpm water pump; however, this item does need repairs. Aftermarket items include a CB radio, stereo, and PA system. Bearing a California Historical license plate and delivering incredible appeal with its unique body styling and full fire apparatus, this 1966 Seagrave fire truck is sure to draw admiration and crowds of excited onlookers wherever it appears.