Archive for March 21st, 2017

Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-19-17 (more)

Chicago FD radio traffic from the Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-19-17

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A request for assistance …

I recently came across what seems to be an American LaFrance Transporter in Ceour d’Alene Idaho.  I took a couple photos – attached.  Can you tell me its age and anything else about it?

Peter S
American LaFrance converted transporter

Peter Siposs photo

American LaFrance converted transporter

Peter Siposs photo

In answer to the query, these items were found on the web:

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Another major conversation piece was the absolutely incredible American LaFrance custom car hauler with a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 nestled in back. The truck is a masterpiece of Art Deco charm, as big and brassy as a GM Futurliner but absolutely one of a kind.

The owner, Gary Briggs, of Danville, California, said he had searched for a unique hauler to cart around vintage cars from his collection, but none of them seemed cool enough. He got together with master car builder Ben McClay of Jack Dick Customs of Martinez, California, and they designed the huge hauler from the bones of a 1971 American LaFrance fire truck.

“He built it, fabricating everything from the cab back,” Briggs said, noting that the Art Deco look of the past was “exactly what I was going for.”

The result is pure theater, and while the car hauler is not an Italian vehicle per se, its Ferrari cargo made it a perfect centerpiece for the gigantic assemblage of cars wearing the prancing horse logo.

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As seen around … Wheaton

This from Christopher Holmes:

Here is a photo of a Wheaton ambulance I saw. Do you know if it is the reserve?

Christopher Holmes
Wheaton FD ambulance

Christopher Holmes photo

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