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  Owned by Dick Hassberger
Bolter # 11353
Lake Orion, Michigan
15 December 2008 Update
# 1054

From Dick :

Thought you might enjoy some Big Bolts on parade -- the 2008 Lake Orion Lighted Holiday Parade. Check out the fire truck!!



03 March 2007
# 1054

From Dick :

      Happy New Year! (We're a little behind ~~ Editor )

      We read the great article about The Stovebolt Page in Vintage Truck magazine recently.  Very interesting.

      STOVEBOLTS ON PARADE ~~ Here is the latest pix of our 1953 Chevrolet / Howe taken during the Lake Orion Lighted Holiday Parade to update the file. What fun!

Dick Hassberger

4 July 2006 Update
# 1054

From Dick:

      Here is an updated pix for the Gallery. This is a current picture taken on Father's Day 2006 at The Greenfield Village Motor Muster. The truck now has 6600 miles and this picture shows the restored and reinstalled Federal Siren as well as additional firefighting equipment.

      We try to limit our parade and show schedule to twice a month. We have had a couple parades so far this year. My grandson's Little League Parade on May 20th and the Lake Orion Memorial Day Parade. We were invited, for the second year in a row, to the Motor Muster at Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum on June 17 & 18. We did not do any parades on the 4th, but the grandkids all sat atop the truck to watch the local fireworks.

      We host a party each year here at the garage and the centerpiece is the 1953 Chevrolet which sits proudly out front. Around 10:00 PM the adults pull out the chairs and the kids all climb on the hose deck to watch a great fireworks display that is pretty much overhead. July 15 will find us at another Benefit Show in Troy. We were invited to bring the Chevy for that and of course the GLIAFAA Chapter, SPAAMFAA Muster on July 29th in Frankenmuth Michigan. In August we will be at the Orion Township, Big Rig Gig on the 11th. The following week will be the Woodward Dream Cruise which will keep us and our shiny red Stovebolt busy all week. On August 26 is the Michigan Firehouse Museum Annual Muster in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In October we will participate in several Homecoming Parades as well as the ATHS Show on October 7th, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

      The Firetruck handles the travel to and from all these events with the nonchalance of a teenager instead of the '53 year old dowager that she is. I enjoy comments like, "you mean that you d rove that thing all the way down here?" Depending on my mood, I may answer with something like, "Nah, I carried it on my back!" And I always point out that the power comes from a tough little Stovebolt six!

      As you can see we keep pretty busy and have a lot of fun.

Dick Hassberger

01 April 2005

From Dick: 

      Here is my info on my 1953 Chevrolet 6400, Howe Pumper [ picture ] . I got the truck in 2002 in Springfield, MO.

      The truck was originally delivered to Vandalia, MO in March 1953 and last served in Humansville, MO. She is in original condition with 6000 original miles. Most of the work done has been cosmetic (lots of rubbing and polishing) and minor engine work like a tune-up and replacing all the old, dried out gaskets and seals.

      The truck runs and drives like new. My wife Carol and I love taking the grandkids in lots of local parades or just out to lunch. The picture was taken in July 2004 at the SPAAMFAA National Muster in Frankenmuth, Michigan where she was chosen to be a model for the Seminar on Photographing Fire Apparatus.

Dick Hassberger


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