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1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
#1160260 Thu Apr 14 2016 02:28 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,606
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'Bolter
After some strong urging from Peggy, I'm finally doing a write up, on a few toys we have.
First up is the 1967 GMC fire ladder truck.
How I aquired it was kind of a accident.
A friend at work had found it in the local Craigslist and jokingly showed it to me.
I laughed it off and said "That's all I need is another truck"
It was a sealed bid by the Vienna, Mo. Volunteer Fire dept. It was a in service truck. The biding closed almost two months away.
The next week, I went in for some knee surgery and was laid up at home for several weeks.
As I was able to get around, but not able to go back to work, it was still in the back of my mind.
So I called the number and talked to the Chief, He talked me into at least come and see it, so we set a time and date. It's about 60 miles from our house.
Met the Chief at the appointed time and he had it pulled out of the station with the ladder up some just to show it works. All hoses, siren, side ladders, hardware in the side boxes and lights on it. Shined up and looking good. Started and ran smooth.
We talked a while and I told him, if by some small chance I would put a bid in on it and the small chance I would get it. It would stay original and be used for parades and shows.

Went home and thought about it some and decided I would put in a scrap value bid. To keep it from going to the scrappers. Really did not expect to win the bid, I had not told the wife anything about it. Sent an E-Mail to them with the bid and explaining what I would do with it. Also mailed them a hard copy. It had to go before the city council to be approved. About a month latter I get the call on a Thursday, they accepted the bid. Called them back and set a date and time to make the payment the next week. There is no backing out now.
The wife was at our lake house setting up for her family reunion that weekend. Remember, I did not tell her anything yet.
Went to the reunion, not knowing how to tell her, had a picture I secretly showed to some of her family.
Started by just telling her I had bought another truck. She said OK and went on about entertaining her family.
Ten minutes latter "Honey the truck is red" she said OK and went on.
Ten minute latter it was time to drop the bomb, " honey it's a firetruck", she paused this time, looked at me and said OK and went on doing what she was doing.
About a half hour latter I showed her a picture and asked, "you're not mad that I bought a firetruck?". She looked at me and said "no, I trust your judgement".
How can you not love a woman like that!

One other thing, when I went to pay for it, there were about six other Firefighters there and the hometown newspaper. Took our picture of the Chief handing the title to me. It was on the front page of the next paper, about the sale.

Now for the facts:
1967 GMC 9500, GVR 31,000, 14,000 miles miles and 880 hours.
The biggest GMC V-8 gas engine, GM ever produced. 637 CI, with a two barrel carb and five speed tranny. No two speed rearend.
Body:
American Fire Apparatus, Battle Creek Mi
Equipped with a two stage mid frame Hale pump, rated at 500 GPM.
500 gal. water holding tank.
Grove hydraulic aerial ladder with outriggers, 65 foot reach.
With me in it, no water and a half tank of gas, it weighed in last summer, at 25,800 pounds.

Here are some pictures.
http://s893.photobucket.com/user/2-Ton/library/1967%20GMC%20Firetruck

Slash and hack all you want to Peg, I'm tired of the two finger typing.
Even make up something if you want to.
There are more stories about it, after I drove it home.

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: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160292 Thu Apr 14 2016 05:08 AM
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'Bolter
That's a cool truck, Don. Glad you were able to save it.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster [stovebolt.com]

1947 Chev. Loadmaster

1959 Chev. Viking 40


I went online and ordered a chicken and an egg. I'll let you know.......








Re: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160296 Thu Apr 14 2016 05:15 AM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 2,164
Big Bolt Forum Moderator
cool truck!! Great story!


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
In the Stovebolt Gallery


1958 Chevy 6400 flatbed W/dump
In the Stovebolt Gallery

1959 Chevy Suburban Owned for almost 20 years, Daily Driver -- sold May 2016
In the Stovebolt Gallery

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
Re: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160305 Thu Apr 14 2016 08:23 AM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 532
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Shop Shark
That is awesome!! Make sure you study up on the operations of all the equipment. You should do periodic rehearsals of putting everything into service (hoses, pumps, ladders etc.) Having your own working firetruck on your property is worth its weight in gold. You also need to identify a standing water source on your property in case you need to draw water in an emergency.

That motor must be a monster. Probably weighs as much as my Suburban. :-) I wonder how hard it will be to find parts.

Congratulations on the great find!!!


Thanks

Larry
Re: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160343 Thu Apr 14 2016 04:58 PM
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Shop Shark
Ya haaa! Thanks Don. This will be nice to add to the Firebolt collection with the April Gallery! Tasker for tomorrow.

Peg

Re: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160525 Fri Apr 15 2016 01:15 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,606
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'Bolter
Thanks for the comments everyone!
This truck has been a Hoot.
I think the wife has had more fun with it than I have.
We live rural and she grew up in this area. Works at the local small town Walmart for over 34 years and knows everyone.
So when she went to work that week, she was constantly being stopped and asked, why is there a firetruck in your yard? I bet she just blamed it on her crazy husband.
It's gotten to be kind of a local landmark, for the neighbors to give direction to their houses.

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: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160530 Fri Apr 15 2016 01:38 PM
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 94
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Shop Shark
What a great story and beautiful fire truck. I particularly enjoyed your wife's positive reaction to its purchase...mine is not always so understanding of my vehicle related acquisitions.

Bob


1959 Chevy Apache Short Bed Step Side
1967 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
Re: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1160697 Sat Apr 16 2016 05:03 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,606
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'Bolter
Thanks Bob!
I do love my forgiving wife.
Just last week, I bought a TS-100 New Holland tractor, at a auction. Cab, heat and air with bucket.
What's that song? "She Thinks My tractor's Sexy".
She has been at the lake all week and has not even seen it yet.

Guess I'll have to take her for a ride, when she gets back.

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: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1163070 Sat Apr 30 2016 02:08 AM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,917
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Shop Shark
Thanks Don. This was a really good story. And I love that ladder!!!!

So, which one will be next. :D:

Re: 1967 Ladder/Pumper Truck
2-Ton #1163093 Sat Apr 30 2016 05:58 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,606
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'Bolter
Thanks Peggy for posting it!
Next one will be the one owner, 1946 2-Ton grain truck, "The Bandstand".
It will take a little longer to write up because, I had it at the first Stovebolt Reunion I went to and met the group.

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.

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