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#1 jabelman ONLINE  

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Posted September 22, 2015 - 06:30 PM

I saw this for sale today. What a neat engine. Dual zenith carbs, 24 spark plugs, delco Remy generators look like they would fit on the wheelhorse! Thought this would make an awesome playground for the kids

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Posted September 22, 2015 - 06:41 PM

Those are way kewell!

526 cubic inches so the pistons aren't that big.  I think it'd make a super rat rod engine! 

I been working on one just about like that one that our local musuem owns.  This one is the convertible version - as I suppose most were back then.

I think the last time this one had an oil change was 1973.  I took the top off the canister style oil filter and had to scrape the sludge off to get to the filter.   :mad2:

 

 

Think of the rat rod you could build with that!  Where the headlights are make that the firewall.  Use that cab dropped down low over a frame with that V12 out in front.  A Minneapolis Moline "G" grille covering that radiator. 

The cab already has the wheel arches for the rear tires.  Box in the back of the cab with a side-hinged door like an old sedan delivery.   ........ 


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Posted September 22, 2015 - 07:10 PM

That is cool they came out in 1947 700 series they set the bar, we have one in town in reserve.



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Posted September 22, 2015 - 07:37 PM

A few more pics. I thought 2k obo seemed fair. I just pictured a big wooden swing set built around it.

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Posted September 22, 2015 - 07:44 PM

I always admired those old American Lafrance engines, with and without the top.  



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Posted September 22, 2015 - 08:10 PM

Think of the rat rod you could build with that!  Where the headlights are make that the firewall.  Use that cab dropped down low over a frame with that V12 out in front.  A Minneapolis Moline "G" grille covering that radiator. 

The cab already has the wheel arches for the rear tires.  Box in the back of the cab with a side-hinged door like an old sedan delivery.   ........ 

 

 

We think alike, but drop that cab on a modern 1 to 2 ton chassis with nice wood flatbed; perfect to haul four adults and a few tractors to all the shows. I'm glad it is not close, mama would throw a fit!


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Posted September 22, 2015 - 08:31 PM

I have always thought a fire truck would be cool.

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Posted September 22, 2015 - 08:36 PM

Really neat. Heck with a park from it. Turn it into a heck of a gt hauler.
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Posted September 23, 2015 - 07:15 AM

Leading and trailing spark plugs! Innovative for that time period!



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Posted September 23, 2015 - 08:46 AM

I saw this for sale today.

 

Would you mind telling where it is ?



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Posted September 23, 2015 - 10:12 AM

That would make a great car hauler. Price sure seems like fair considering what people ask for an old rebuildable pickup.


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 10:47 AM

I always wanted to take one and build a dump truck in the back so it still looked like a firetruck, but had a dump inside it. Impractical I know, but different. How col would it be when the scrap guy pulled up in a fire truck.



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Posted September 24, 2015 - 04:38 PM

My wife was trying to get me to buy this Lafrance for a hauler. Its been sitting for years with the owners phone # in window...I really like the cab design/lines. The cab is large for the era. Too much time/money for what little use,,not like I am going to go cruising in a 12,000 ride.

 

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Posted September 24, 2015 - 05:28 PM

That would make a great GT hauler! Not sure if you could afford the fuel for it though!



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Posted September 24, 2015 - 06:31 PM

That IS cool! I got a soft spot for fire trucks..........love to check that puppy out.






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