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Need some input #1240565
Tue Oct 24 2017 06:30 PM
Tue Oct 24 2017 06:30 PM
42 chev pumper  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 19
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
I am starting to work on my 1941 Chevy Howard Cooper fire truck. I have a couple of questions that I would like to have some opinions on:

The truck originally served with the Orting, WA fire department. The "Orting" part of the name has mostly been removed. I want to rename it "Volunteer Fire Dept" in honor of all of us who served our communities to help our neighbors, not for pay. What are your thoughts on the rename?

I have a picture of the truck with a metal "basket" up on the hosebed behind the driver's seat for the booster hose. I am used to Howard Coopers with a booster hose reel. Should I try to build the basket or look for a reel?

There are several parts of the truck that have ugly hand painted labels, including the shift pattern on the dashboard. Should I preserve these as part of being from a poor volunteer department or spruce it up a bit for car shows?

Re: Need some input [Re: 42 chev pumper] #1240579
Tue Oct 24 2017 09:22 PM
Tue Oct 24 2017 09:22 PM
2-Ton  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 3,316
Mokane ,Mo.
My thoughts are, Keep it original.
It tells the history, by being what it is.
Redo the drive train though and drive it the way it is.


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Re: Need some input [Re: 42 chev pumper] #1240586
Tue Oct 24 2017 11:35 PM
Tue Oct 24 2017 11:35 PM
52vff  Offline
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Brantford, ON, Canada
Well its what's your comfortable with. On our truck the appearance over all is staying as we found it, but restoring the details like labelling pump panel, pinstripes and polishing up the heavily patinaed paint to a general shine. The nice thing is whichever way you go it's bound to be really well received wherever you go. I'm finding not many car shows get big trucks let alone a FIRE TRUCK!

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