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1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
#1431065 Tue Nov 23 2021 02:08 PM
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Hi There! I've had a few Stovebolts in the past, and came across this Pumper for sale locally. Of course I am not a firefighter, a parade enthusiast, nor have any use for a fire truck, so obviously I bought it.
It was restored at some point, and runs very well, but as mentioned earlier, is a fire truck. I can get her up to about 50, but that's just not good enough to overtake the Prius doing 52 in a 55 on the highway.

The question is, to make the thing more user friendly to other motorists, should I 350 swap the drivetrain and store/sell the 216/crashbox or leave it alone and put it back on the market? The first two pictures are as she sits, the last is an idea of something I would like to build.

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Re: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
556Motorsports #1431112 Tue Nov 23 2021 11:07 PM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt Garage!!
Very nice old Firetruck and should be kept as is. But, that is just my opinion.
It is your ride, so make it your ride.

Once the word gets around that you own one, you will be invited to all kinds of events.
So what it will only run about 50 mph, the cool factor and waves make up for the speed.

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]
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'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: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
556Motorsports #1431132 Wed Nov 24 2021 01:11 AM
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That firetruck is absolutely beautiful. My vote is to leave that piece of history alone, but it’s your truck and I could also see transporting another Stovebolt on the back of that flatbed!


Phil

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Re: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
556Motorsports #1431142 Wed Nov 24 2021 01:57 AM
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They are only original once, it is your truck though. I'd try to preserve that one!


Mike

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Re: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
556Motorsports #1431152 Wed Nov 24 2021 03:20 AM
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The 'cool factor' is leaving it a fire engine, you'll get way more attention driving it than having a car hauler.

If you really need to go faster, buy a more modern rollback that's big enough to haul the fire engine! Best of both worlds...

I owned this truck for almost 20 years and had the same thoughts about making it a car hauler...the wife and father in law talked me out of it and I never regretted it...I put over 30K miles driving it to shows and in parades!

Mike B smile

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Re: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
Mike B #1431221 Wed Nov 24 2021 06:55 PM
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That's a gorgeous truck!

Re: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
556Motorsports #1431277 Thu Nov 25 2021 02:27 AM
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Thanks!

Hallmark modeled their 2011 Fire truck Christmas Ornament using this truck...they even put the name on the door!

Mike B smile

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Re: 1947 Chevy Pumper Truck
556Motorsports #1431281 Thu Nov 25 2021 03:23 AM
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I have seen Mike’s truck in person and it is a very good part of history saved!
As Mike has said, the cool factor out weighs a roll back many times over!
It is also a babe magnet that I did not know about.

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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