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#835410 - Thu Mar 15 2012 12:23 AM New rubber on the 57
tri5trucking Offline
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Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 567
Loc: Creswell, Oregon
Had a short break in the weather and got out the fire truck with the newly powdercoated wheels and all new rubber. Much smoother than the old bias plys.
http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2439991300101465522yVXRUK
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#835683 - Thu Mar 15 2012 10:37 PM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: tri5trucking]
Mike B Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 07 2004 12:00 PM
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Loc: Hughesville, MD
Looking good! thumbs_up

I drove my fire engine looking just like that for about 3 years before I tore it down for a paint job.

Mike B smile


Edited by Mike B (Thu Mar 15 2012 10:37 PM)
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#835762 - Fri Mar 16 2012 09:22 AM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: Mike B]
tri5trucking Offline
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Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
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Loc: Creswell, Oregon
Thanks Mike, I'm hoping to get it painted early summer.
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#835772 - Fri Mar 16 2012 10:11 AM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: tri5trucking]
3B Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 09 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 4804
Loc: B. C. Canada
Hy tri5trucking, that's a very nice looking truck! I've never seen a 57 with that style of ten bolt wheels, did you put some 58 hubs on it, or do you have adapters, or how did you put those wheels on that truck?
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#835791 - Fri Mar 16 2012 11:35 AM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: 3B]
lcfman Offline
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Registered: Sat Nov 07 2009 10:52 AM
Posts: 60
Loc: Tenn
Nice truck is it a 322 buick engine?
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#835982 - Fri Mar 16 2012 11:41 PM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: lcfman]
tri5trucking Offline
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Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 567
Loc: Creswell, Oregon
The truck came factory with the big ten bolt pattern as far as I know. That made it very easy to swap over from the 20" split rims to the 22.5" tubeless. I chose to go with the painted wheel look as was traditional for the year but it's tempting to put the alcoa wheels all around. Like Mike B's truck it has the 322 buick motor.
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#836110 - Sat Mar 17 2012 03:46 PM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: tri5trucking]
Mike B Offline
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Loc: Hughesville, MD
Speaking on the 322, what color is yours painted? Mine is Chevy Orange, but most sources list them as being Red. Can you add some engine pictures to your webshot page?

I don't have any literature on the big 10-lug axles being offered in 1957, but I do see a part number for the wheels in my 1963 parts book starting in 1957.

Fire trucks were always built different. My brother is the President of a small VFD and they just bought a single axle tanker with a 52K gvw, so anything is possible.

Mike B smile
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#836132 - Sat Mar 17 2012 05:38 PM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: Mike B]
tri5trucking Offline
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Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
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Loc: Creswell, Oregon
Mine is also orange. It has a newer carb and alternator.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2612692550101465522UEYTNQ

I would agree, government agencies always have different stuff. The 56 ton and a half Napco I had had a 261 which was available for 2 ton trucks but it was a power co. truck. I know a local fire department that bought stock piled new old stock diesel engines and was able to use them in new trucks without meeting that years emission standards.
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#836500 - Sun Mar 18 2012 09:31 PM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: tri5trucking]
Mike B Offline
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Loc: Hughesville, MD
Tri5,

Thanks for the engine picture. My engine is the same color.

I noticed your water manifold under the T-stat housing isn't painted and maybe the timing cover. Can you check your engine block to see if it's painted. Everything on my engine is painted except for the Block and Timing Cover. I wonder if my block was replaced at some time? I can't find a serial number either...

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#837113 - Tue Mar 20 2012 09:44 PM Re: New rubber on the 57 [Re: Mike B]
tri5trucking Offline
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Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 567
Loc: Creswell, Oregon
I can't tell if the block or timing cover was painted. They are pretty dirty. I can see the bell housing has orange paint on it and the driver side valve cover has the "loadmaster V8" still visible. I just had a couple pictures sent to me from a member of the Oregon fire museum. He thought I might be able to pick up some parts from these trucks. They aren't GM, but I had to send you the picture to check out the rear wheel covers. Both these trucks were built by Roney, same as mine. It would be great to get a booster reel and the wood ladders.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2140559390101465522iYVUbO
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