I'm surprised there is not already a thread for these BEAUTIFUL--and useful!--vehicles.
This 1959 American LaFrance was displayed at the 2020 show of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor show this February in Glendale, AZ.. THIS is a masterpiece.. I'm particularly interested in its engine, a Detriot Diesel two-cycle 8V-71 'monster'.. This engine is part of several series that were available in inline and V- cofigurations and with at least four different cylinder capacities of 53, 71, 92, or 110 cubic inches per cylinder, and I'm sure there were larger sizes available for industial use--for instance, stationary engines, mine dumptrucks, etc.. Most common in class-8 applications--over-the-road tractors pounding up and down our hiways--was the 71 series.. The small trucking company I worked for in Phoenix in the early and mid 1960s had a Peterbuilt conventional tractor with an 8V-71 in it.. The 8V-71 was available at that time in 290- and 318HP versions.. The two-cycle Detroits were anything but clean-burning engines and are no longer legal for hiway use.. Being two-cycle engines, one turning, say, 1500RPM sounded sort of as if it was screaming.. Said another way, they DO NOT sound like a hummin' Cummins--that when idling sounds MUCH MORE 'rattlin'' than 'hummin''..
This truck looks great in its modern polished-aluminum wheels and tubeless tires.
Back to the GORGEOUS fire truck, and more pics coming.