1972 GMC TE9500 Cabover
From Steve :
Here is my 1972 GMC TE9500 Cabover. This has a 637 V-8 engine (most powerful gas V-8 engine made -- 275HP) with a Clark 5 speed tranny. It has 13,000 miles and 652 hours.
This was a local fire truck. [ Service Parts ID Plate ] Perth is a small town of 6000 people. It's located in the Ottawa Valley area of Eastern Ontario.
The truck was purchased new from King Seagrave in December of 1971. The chassis (1972) was supplied by Perkins Motors also of Perth. They are the area's GMC / CHEVY dealership. They also owned Taggart Transport -- a 1000 truck fleet which was 100% GMC / CHEVY. My Dad drove a highway tractor for them (for 25 years). His truck was identical to the one I have, except with a V-12 from the early 60's till early 70's when they become all diesel on the highway.
Here is a picture of me inside the cab of one of the trucks my Dad drove in 1967 (I was seven at the time). It was not his regular truck but the smaller cabbed V-6 about a 1965 model. Mine COE will be painted and decaled the exact same as this one.
This truck of mine was purchased by another fellow at a public auction in October of 2003 and had been in service as a back-up pumper until September of 2002. It was left in a field from then til I bought it in September of 2007. [ image ]
The pump had been full of water and froze. It was split. The fire body was rotted beyond repair.
I scrapped most of the body. Took the brass off of the pump (340 lbs!) -- all gauges and nozzles and lights -- and the rest went to the crusher.
I intend to make this into a rack and tarp 14' with removable racks and just use it to cruise around in and maybe the odd local show next year. I plan to paint it metallic red and metallic yellow two tone. I picked up two fuel tanks to mount on the frame and am working on a frame mounted battery box. [ image with cab titled ]
I would like to hear from anybody else that has or is restoring one of these cabovers (1960 to 1980 these where made). Feel free to email me!
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