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