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Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115804 Sun Jul 26 2015 06:59 PM
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Good on ya! The Nashville Tennessee chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders has a member with a big American LaFrance pumper he makes available for veterans' and/or First responders' memorial rides. I've ridden several missions where he was displaying a BIG American flag from the bed of the truck in the funeral procession. He's a real attention-getter!
Jerry


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Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115898 Mon Jul 27 2015 01:55 AM
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Update
Truck was running fair most of the way on two lane roads 40-45 MPH.
Got into Columbia Mo. Where I had to drive thru downtown Broadway. Cementary just past there.
Before I got to the downtown area, at a stoplight a few cars back from the light. When the light turned green, I killed the engine starting off. Hit the starter and nothing. Not a click, just nothing.
Lucky it was a four lane road and I was a little back from the light.
Turned on the rear beacon which worked and got out when it was safe.
Popped the cab and tried doing the starter screw driver jump, nothing, no flash/arc, nothing.
Tried from the main starter cable to the frame and a small spark.
That's when I called the towing company to come and get me, I had their phone number with me and then called the wife to meet at her brothers garage, also the director to tell him I will not make it.
At this time a city COP pulled up, with his lights on and I told him the situation and asked if I could get in and cool off some. Turned out to be the head of the K-9 unit in the city and a real good old country boy.
I enjoyed talking to him as we waited.
Did I say it was at a main intersection?
Tow drive showed up about an hour latter, he came 50 miles also with his wife on a Sunday.
Turned out he was the same guy that hauled the 1970 American Lafrance home for me.
After another 45 minutes of work getting it hooked up with my help, where I could (tool runner), we were on our way. I also thanked the COP as he sat there a long time keeping us safe.
Got it to my brother in laws garage and now it's well over 90 degrees and not much wind.
Driver went right to work starting to get it unhooked laying in the grass and he yelled "I gotta get outta here". Turned out we had parked in the grass over a bed of small fire ants that bite. He shed his shirt really quick and we brushed him off, he thru the shirt in the trash and had some small welts showing.

Then the bill paying time came after the work was done.
To my surprise, it was way less than I expected for a 20 mile tow of a 25,600 pound truck. He cut me a deal and said thanks for the help. Good people are willing to help.
Another thing, I called the director when I was about half way there and he said they had a really big flag to hang from the ladder and somebody to video tape the procession, as it came by the Firetruck under the flag.
I'm really sad, I was only about a mile away and could not be there for them.
I wish it could of held out a little longer till after the cementary.
Time for a shower and bed.

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

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Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115901 Mon Jul 27 2015 02:05 AM
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Don
I for one, thank you, your wife and all the others that tried to help. From personal experience, all these many years later, I can tell you it really means something.
Best Regards and Peace Be With All.
Sparky

Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115905 Mon Jul 27 2015 02:27 AM
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Don,
Sorry to hear that you came up just short on your good deed! Especially with the finish line just ahead. I'm sure that you feel better that you tried instead of wondering if I should have.
Your a good man!
Jim


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Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115908 Mon Jul 27 2015 02:41 AM
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Boltergeist
Don, you will be blessed for you efforts. I'm sure it meant just as much to the family that you were willing to try.

...hope the repair damage is not to bad.


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Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115924 Mon Jul 27 2015 03:41 AM
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Nice try Don. Jim says it well, better to have tried and failed than to have not tried at all.

Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115939 Mon Jul 27 2015 04:47 AM
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Don,

Good try!

You know the problem is going to be something really silly and simple.

My fire truck has two batteries and if #1 fails the truck will not start with the key, there is a push-button switch on the dash that you use to allow battery # 2 to start the truck. I found this out the hard way, I never realized that battery #1 ALWAYS started the truck via the key no matter what battery was selected to be in-service.

Hope it's an easy fix!

Mike B smile

Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115975 Mon Jul 27 2015 02:22 PM
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I want to thank everyone for the support and am really glad I tried.
It's going to be 95 plus degrees the next two day and I'll start trouble shooting when the high is below 90.
Like Mike said, it's probably something simple, maybe a battery cable and I'll post what I find out or have more questions on what to look for.

Thanks
Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pix on Photobucket [s893.photobucket.com]
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1115993 Mon Jul 27 2015 04:07 PM
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Thank you Don, for doing such a wonderful thing.
Sir, I hope you don't feel that you fell short, as I know in my heart there were so many more little eyes looking in wonder and amazement at your shiny big red truck as it made it's trek down the roadway.
There may have been some requests for a toy fire truck and there may have been some decisions made on what they want to be when they grow up.
I'm certain you made great impressions along the way. I'm just saying you may have done so much more than you even realize.
I'm very happy for you and I know there's a young angel smiling over what you did for him.
Maybe now, this will get the truck ready for travels that won't make you fretful.
You ROCK, brother!
Jerry


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Re: Breaks my heart (Mission Failed)
2-Ton #1116045 Tue Jul 28 2015 01:42 AM
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Don,

Are you running 2 batteries? Wierd that the lights worked but the starter wouldn't even click and the screw driver trick didn't work either. Maybe the lights are on Battery #2 ???

Mike B smile

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