Last Thanksgiving, we (Peggy and I
) had our attention focused elsewhere and we were not able to get the 1945-vintage W.S. Darley 500 gpm pump that's mounted on the bow of our truck properly winterized before a snap freeze hit Thanksgiving weekend. Over this summer, I have finally been able to get the pump demounted and over to our neighbor's welding/fabrication shop. We weren't sure if it was saveable this time (judging by the welding beads in the area, it wasn't this pump's first freeze rodeo ...
) but Lloyd was game to give it a whirl.
I don't have the pump back on the truck, yet so I haven't tested operation. The pump wasn't so great at taking a suction before ... perhaps Lloyd improved things when he rewelded the earlier repairs. I guess we'll see.
Why all the fuss for this plain ole, cut rate, bottom budget, "economy" tanker? Good question
But it does a good job hauling water around here and when we do go to fire parades (which isn't that often ... ;( ) and fall in with all the antique pumpers, ladders and aerials, we pretty much are the only antique tanker
Hopefully, Tanker 51 will be back in quarters soon and ready for the Veterans' Day Parade.
Parade picture is from the Apple Blossom Festival Parade in Winchester, VA (2008) -- Largest Fire parade in the World