1951 American LaFrance 700 Series Fire EngineReg. No. L-4331, Model No. 710-PJC
Re-powered by the Fire Department with a 6V53 Detroit Diesel EngineOriginal 4-speed Manual Transmission1000 G.P.M. Pump (I have never pumped with it.)The Bad:
The throttle (not the rack) sometimes sticks. If you snap the pedal, it usually resolves itself.Brakes are spongey from not seeing a lot of use.The alternator is questionable - after driving it through a parade where both the lights and siren were used, it had to be jumped later in the day.It sometimes pops out of gear. It keeps you on your toes when you"re driving it.
The flat door glass on either side is cracked.It has its fair share of bumps and bruises from being in-service - particularly around the rear fenders.The paint isn"t wonderful, but as you can see, with some professional-grade cleaning compound, it worked out nicely.I haven"t compounded the pump panel, rear, or engine compartment - the new owner can do so as well as apply a coat of wax of their choosing.The tires aren"t excellent but work.
Clean title in my name; it"s currently registered and insured as a Historic Vehicle.It runs well, albeit on the slow side since it still has the original rear end in it.We installed newer batteries in it.It"s solid and has lived indoors.It"s a good starter truck for someone who isn"t familiar with the maintenance required with an original V-12 engine but still wants a 700 Series.I would highly suggest counting on trailering this home since the top speed is between 45-50 MPH (as well as the fact that the brakes need some attention). Please have your shipping arrangements in place before bidding. It can be picked up in Zip Code 46161 (no loading dock available). If you need to keep the truck here longer than 30 days, please, make arrangements with me beforehand.
Please ask me any questions you may have. I"m trying to be as transparent about this as possible - it"s far from perfect, but it could really do well for someone with a little T.L.C. I"ve owned it for a little over a year now. I"d like to concentrate on the 1952 American LaFrance I own, and so, this one needs to find a new home before winter.
$500.00 deposit via PayPal due immediately; remainder to be paid within seven days by cashier"s check or in cash.