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Made it Home with the Truck Picture
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Willy-N    Posted 08-23-2003 at 19:43:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

1,100 mile round trip! Was a lot of fun driving it back. Much bigger then my Full Size Chevy sitting next to it. Now the works starts getting that 20 ft long box off the back. The truck ran great and had no problems going the 550 mile drive back. Mark H.

Gordon NH    Posted 08-29-2003 at 06:26:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I didn't realize that you were building a piece of fire apparatus til I read a little more closely. I help with maintenance on a volunteer department here in New Hampshire. We're getting ready to convert an M35A2 "Duece" to all 12 volt. Have the alternator and starter on order. It's currently in service as a forestry tanker, but is a horrible mix of 12 and 24 volt. We're also in the market (hoping for a donation from a local refuse company) for a chassis for a road tanker so that we can keep our fire rating up (had to scrap an old Kenworth). I'll never be able to earn my living as a mechanic, but we all get together and do the best we can to at least save the town some commercial labor costs. I'm very interested in your up coming project and hope that all goes well. Sorry to talk your ear off, but the fire service is a great place to be.


Gordon L. Butcher

Murray    Posted 08-24-2003 at 05:48:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Mark, just looking at the picture of your new vehicle. What are your plans for the truck? I did not get the first part of the story of using the truck for fire fighting. Being retired from the fire service, always interested in fire vehicles. Your area is having really difficult weather conditions in prevention of these very dangerous fires, very sad what we see on the TV news. Cheers, Murray

Willy-N    Posted 08-24-2003 at 09:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am buildingwhat they call a Water Tender. We use them to fill the brush trucks on out wildland fires. I plan on putting a 1,000 gal tank and 18 hp high pressure/volume pump, hose reel and dump shute. I will be able to draft and spray water too. The truck being larger than needed makes it better for the back dirt roads not being loaded to max and still pulling the hills nice. The next size up is 2,500 for contract work but I don't want to deal with that much weight on our roads. Mark H.

Newgen    Posted 08-24-2003 at 05:38:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice truck-if you lived closer to Illinois I'd be glad to take that box off your hands-they make great storage sheds.

Maggie/TX    Posted 08-24-2003 at 08:29:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Newgen, that was my first thought when I saw it. :)

newgen    Posted 08-24-2003 at 09:32:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know a guy who took two 40' semi trailers, took the axles off so they sat flat on the ground about 15' apart. He then got some trusses and built a roof over the top of them, with a wall on one end and a door on the other. So it looks kinda like a corn crib. What it amounts to is a 32'X40' storage shed with 3 separate areas. Good cheap storage. Pretty neat.

Brian    Posted 08-24-2003 at 10:39:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great idea for using 2 trailers & trusses. I bought a trailer ($1100)last year- was going to pull the axles out but instead I just buried the back end so the doors were slightly above grade. Rear bumper had to be cut off but it sits tight on the frame. I put a bridge plank under the front jack. It is much more secure & cheaper than any shed that could be built. I drive the tractor/loader right in with brush hog attached. Still has room for plow, disk, cultivator, & extra storage.

Willy-N    Posted 08-24-2003 at 05:43:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is a nice box too!The doors seal good and it has racks and lights in it along with being tempiture controled. Mark H.

Mike D.    Posted 08-23-2003 at 21:57:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this the next project? If so, do you have the tanks for it? Nice to read that it was an uneventful trip back.

Willy-N    Posted 08-24-2003 at 05:39:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will be building the Tank and Pump set up for it. I want a low profile rectangular one for more stability on side hills. It also has to have 10 compartments to meat the new fire codes. Mark H.

Maggie/Tx    Posted 08-23-2003 at 21:35:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now that's a serious looking truck. Do you have any plan for what to do with the box? Waste not, want not, I always say. :)

Willy-N    Posted 08-24-2003 at 05:42:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I can get 2,500.00 for the box because it is 2 refrigerators 1- freezer and 1 big cooler. I think my butcher will want it for storing meat in it. It runs off eletricty. Then I will be into the truck less than 2,000.00 including picking it up. Mark H.

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