Ahrens-Fox Motor Fire Apparatus
Models HT and IT Part 2, 1946-1955

Compiled by Ed Hass

This apparatus was powered by the Hercules type HXE motor, made in Canton, OH.

Hercules Motors Service Manual

Registered Number 3458

Model HT 1000-gpm piston pumper and hose car with 100 gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase. Length 26 feet. Width 8 ft. Weight 19380#. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #346954, 53/4" bore x 6" stroke, 198 brake horsepower (79.4 SAE hp), block number 30358-E. Engine to Pump gear ratio 4.066 to 1.

November 14, 1944: Bid proposal to Harrison, NJ.

Dec. 19, 1944: Ordered by Harrison, NJ, Fire Department. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

Jan. 15, 1946: Delivered to Harrison, NJ. In service at Engine 3. Price $14,965.00 (was to be $16,000).

Delivery photo No. 1101, full right side. Delivery photos 1104 and 1105.

March 27, 1952: Rebuilt by Frank X. Griesser, Bogota, NJ.

1971: Retired from active service at Engine 3.

Friday, Oct. 18, 1974: While at Harrison firehouse, my father (who worked at Worthington Pumps factory in Harrison) learned that they may soon sell this rig.

Sat., Oct. 19, 1974: I called Harrison fire chief John Rodgers, (201) 483-0611. Rodgers had just returned from delivering this rig to the neighboring town of East Newark, NJ. East Newark’s Engine 2, a 1941 American-LaFrance 500 series pumper, had broken down, and they were borrowing Harrison’s Ahrens-Fox until they could buy another pumper to replace it. East Newark Fire Dept. phone (201) 483-6627, Police (201) 481-2900. East Newark fire chief was William J. Thompson, 540 Third St., phone (201) 483-1375.

Sat., Oct. 26, 1974: East Newark firefighters and I loaded 550’ of 21/2" hose and 300’ of 11/2" hose into the hosebed of this rig.

Sat., Nov. 2, 1974: Filled gas tank at East Newark town garage, then to Gigi’s Dog Kennel for East Newark’s first drill with it, from hydrant. Harrison firefighters and I showed the East Newark firefighters how to operate it. From 11/2" line, both sides of pump engaged, threw stream to opposite bank of Passaic River. Ran booster line, only right side of pump working, performed well, no excessive vibration. 13,758 miles on odometer.

Nov. 9, 1974: East Newark’s second drill with this rig. Odometer 13,760 miles. Went in service today.

June 6, 1976: East Newark was to have this rig in the Newark antique fire engine parade, but Chief Rodgers of Harrison would not permit them to do this, as the rig still belongs to Harrison and is only on loan to East Newark.

June 4, 1978: John Orner (Cinnaminson, NJ) told me that East Newark returned this rig to Harrison.

Sept. 8, 1978: I saw this rig, it was Spare Engine 4 and kept at Harrison fire station 2. Still has original paint, striping, and upholstery, but all are quite worn. Has full load of hose in hosebed, 13,887 miles on odometer. Someone did a poor job trying to straighten dents in right front fender. Chief Rodgers says that Harrison has a new pumper on order, when it arrives Fox #9164 will be demoted to Spare Engine 4 and #3458 will be restored for parades.

May 8, 1980: Offered for sale by sealed bid at public auction. Ed Dina (Marlboro, NY) and Ed Hass (Plainfield, NJ), attended the auction. George Neder (Otisville, NY) had mailed in the highest bid, but was under the reserve price, so Harrison rejected all bids and kept the Ahrens-Fox (moved into storage).

Registered Number 3459

Model HT SPECIAL piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347010, 210 brake horsepower (204 @ 2000 rpm, 79.4 SAE hp), Stromberg 2” SF-5 updraft carburetor. Dual ignition, American Bosch magneto, 12-volt (140 ampere hour) battery. Pump pistons 33/8” x 6” minor (1.3251 gpr), 41/8” x 6” major (2.0136 gpr) (normal HT are 31/2” x 6” and 41/4” x 6”), Ross relief valve. Engine-to-pump gear ratio 15-61 (4.066 to 1). Compression ratio 5.46 to 1. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, 3” above carburetor. Top speed 57 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios: 0.771 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1. 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 824.6 square inch braking surface, 16” disk parking brake. Free-rolling electric siren with flasher light. Air horns instead of bell.

January 16, 1946: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company, to Mayor & City Council of Hagerstown, MD, for one 1000 Gallon per minute Twin Triple Combination, Piston Pumping Engine, Hose Car, and Booster apparatus. Delivery F.O.B. at Hagerstown, MD. Shipment within 150 working days after receipt of contract. Price $16,473.85.

January 16, 1946: Ordered by First Hose Company, Hagerstown, MD. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Contract signed by Richard H. Sweeney, mayor, and Jacob S. Trommell, city clerk, Hagerstown, MD, Frank X. Griesser, and R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company.

October 17, 1946: Tested by R.A. Young, engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters, at factory test pit, Norwood, OH, from 5’6” lift. Rated 1000 gpm @ 120 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250.
First Test, 6 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed with 2” nozzle tip. 1015 gpm @ 159 psi. Engine 1254 rpm, pump 308 rpm. Slip 1.42%.
Second Test, 3 hours, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed with 13/4” nozzle tip. 735 gpm @ 204 psi. Engine 1485 rpm, pump 365 rpm. Slip 1.95%
. Third Test, 3 hours, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle tip, discharge gate partially closed. 532 gpm @ 253 psi. Engine 1076 rpm, pump 267 rpm. Slip 1.48%.

October 17, 1946: Tested by R.A. Young, engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters, at factory test pit, Norwood, OH, from 5’6” lift. Rated 1000 gpm @ 120 psi, 500 @ 200, 333 @ 250.
First Test, 6 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed with 2” nozzle tip. 1015 gpm @ 124 psi. Engine 1244 rpm, pump 306 rpm. Slip 0.62%.
Second Test, 3 hours, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed with 13/4” nozzle tip. 508 gpm @ 206 psi. Engine 1028 rpm, pump 253 rpm. Slip 0.22%.
Third Test, 3 hours, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle tip, discharge gate partially closed. 339 gpm @ 255 psi. Engine 1048 rpm, pump 259 rpm. Slip 0.74%.

December 17, 1946: Shipped to First Hose Company, Hagerstown, MD.

December 30, 1946: Delivered to First Hose Company, Hagerstown, MD. Price $16,473.85 (was to be $16,897).

January 22, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from First Hose Co., Hagerstown, MD.

January, 1958: Fire Engineering magazine, page 44—Photo of #3459 at church fire drill.

First Hose Co., Hagerstown, MD, (301) 790-3499 ask for Jerry.

October 20, 1973: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) centennial convention parade, Baltimore, MD.

September 28, 1974: One of 28 Ahrens-Foxes leading the Pennsylvania State Firemen’s parade at Conshohocken, PA, 4 across in 7 rows.

1983: Owner is First Hose Co., Volunteer Firemen Engine 1, 33-35 South Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

May 13, 1989: At Baker Park, MD, muster.

Another May 13, 1989 view.

July 18, 1989: At Harrisburg, PA, muster. Pumped four streams.

May 16, 1990: At Frederick, MD, muster. Still in service.

Registered Number 3460

Model HT SPECIAL piston pumper and hose car with 200-gallon booster tank. 202" wheelbase, 96" wide. Weight without men or hose, 16,100#. Tires 10.00 x 20 air-cooled Sieberling balloon, single front, dual rear. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347185, 53/4" x 6", 238 bhp @2100 rpm. Two Zenith model 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 12-volt electric system, dual ignition, American Bosch magneto. Search light on right side of cowl. Electric windshield wipers. Battery charging plug. Dry-cell electric hand lanterns. 50-gallon gasoline tank under seat. Transmission gear ratios 0.77:1 (overdrive), 1.00:1 (high), 2.06:1 (third), 3.72:1 (second), 4.84:1 (reverse), top speed 59 m.p.h. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.066 to 1). 6-cylinder Ahrens-Fox twin-triple front-mount piston pump, pistons 33/8” x 6” minor, 41/8” x 6” major (normal HT is 31/2” & 41/4”), rated capacity 1000 gpm @ 120 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250, displacement 3.3387 GPR, chrome-plated vacuum chamber with Federal model C-5 dual-tone coaster siren on top, with built-in red flashing light. 200’ of 1" booster hose on reel in rear platform. Hosebed capacity 1200’ of 21/2" hose, 400’ of 11/2" hose. 16" high triple boot & coat rails atop side hosebed walls. Two type PSH-20 CO2 fire extinguishers. Canvas hose bed cover. One each 4" x 10’ soft and 21/2" x 10’ hard suction hoses. Duo-Safety aluminum ladders, 1 each 24’ two-section extension, 14’ roof with folding hooks, 8’ folding. Two axes. Extra large tool box on running board, 30" long x 14" wide x 14" high.

March 21, 1946: Bid proposal for Good Will Hose Company #1, Pottstown, PA. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Price $14,400.00 (was to be $16,000).

April 10, 1946: Contract signed by Pottstown, and by Frank X. Griesser. Approved April 21, 1946, by Richard N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corporation.

March 8, 1947: Shipped to Good Will Hose Company #1, Pottstown, PA. Carl F. Doering, Ahrens-Fox delivery engineer. Purchase price $14,646.79 ($14,400 plus $2.46.79 in additional equipment requested after contract signed, including hosebed cover, extra 50’ of booster hose, chrome-plating suction chamber, and non-standard boot & coat rails and siren).

March 23, 1947: Delivered to Good Will Hose Company #1, Pottstown, PA. Price including after-contract extras, $14,646.79. Less $55.39 for extra-cost swinging bell thrown in no charge, less $191.40 discount for not having to pay expenses for 6-man committee to tour factory, final price the same $14,400 quoted despite post-contract extras.

March 23, 1947: Tested at Mill Race, Manatawny Creek, Pottstown, PA, conducted by R.P. Wentzel, engineer, Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters, Philadelphia, PA.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. 1015 gpm @ 161 psi, one each 100’ and 50’ 21/2" lines siamesed into 2" nozzle. Engine 1254 rpm, pump 308 rpm. Displacement 3.2954 gpr, slip 1.28%.
Second Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. 709 gpm @ 203 psi, 100’ line of 21/2" hose, 15/8" nozzle. Engine 1504 rpm, pump 370 rpm. Displacement 1.9162 gpr, slip 4.84%.
Third Test, 30 minutes, minor side of pump. 513 gpm @ 252 psi, 100’ line of 21/2" hose, 13/8" nozzle. Engine 1057 rpm, pump 260 rpm. Displacement 1.9731 gpr, slip 2.01%.

May 1, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Good Will Hose Co. #1, Pottstown, PA.

August, 1971: Fire Engineering magazine, page 44—Volunteers Mark 100 Years of Service in Pottstown, PA, by William H. Krause. When the volunteer fire companies in Philadelphia were replaced by a paid department 100 years ago, some of their apparatus became available. At the same time, the citizens of Pottstown, Pa., 40 miles northwest o Philadelphia, realized the need for a fire department after two disastrous fires in the latter part of 1870.
After some agitation, the council bought a piece of apparatus from Philadelphia Hose Co. No. 18, which arrived in January, 1871.
The Grecian Band Minstrels, who gave exhibitions in Pottstown and surrounding villages, took an active part in preparations to organize a fire company, and a town meeting was held January 3, 1871, when quite a few citizens organized a fire company.
Argument over name—The rivalry between the Philadelphia and Good Will fire companies of Philadelphia was injected into the question of a name for the new company when emissaries of both city companies came to Pottstown. Each sought to continue its name in Pottstown. Those who desired to name the new company Philadelphia argued that the carriage already had Philadelphia o9n both sides and it would be unnecessary to change it. Others argued that Good Will was more appropriate as it meant good will to all.
When Philadelphia was chosen by a large majority vote, the Good Will supporters left the meeting to start another fire company a few days later. They bought their first piece of equipment from the Good Will Fire Co. of Philadelphia.
Both companies have always carried No. 1 after their names because when they incorporated, there was a delay in court for the Phillies. In the meantime, the Good Will company articles of incorporation passed through the court and the Phillies had to wait until the next court term. Since the court failed to designate which company was first, both were incorporated as No. 1.
In the early years, the rivalry between the Phillies and Good Will companies was intense, even to the extent that members fought each other at a fire, instead of fighting the fire. However, both companies grew rapidly in membership and equipment and left the bitter rivalry behind.
Firehouse on original site—The Phillies firehouse still stands on the original site at Penn and Chestnut streets, housing a 1937 American-LaFrance Scout (one of the very few left in that series), a 1947 pumper, a 1961 emergency truck, a 1959 75-foot ladder truck, and the hand-drawn pumper that started the company in 1871.
The Good Will Fire Company moved from its original location to larger quarters 10 years ago. In 1920, it added ambulance service, and now has four ambulances and a rescue truck. The firefighting equipment includes a 1945 Ahrens-Fox pumper, a 1968 pumper, and a 1945 emergency truck. Also housed in the building are the dispatchers for Pottstown’s four fire companies and seven surrounding companies.
In celebration of their 100th anniversary this year, the Phillies and Good Will companies joined in sponsoring different events throughout the year, climaxed by a parade on August 21.

1973: Repainted from its original deep red to white at top and a light orange-red on bottom, painted by Hammerly Fire Apparatus Co., Shartlesville, PA.

September 28, 1974: One of 28 Ahrens-Foxes leading PA State Firemen’s parade, Conshohocken, PA, 4 across in 7 rows. Belongs to Good Will Steam Fire Engine Co. #1, Pottstown, PA 19464.

Registered Number 3461

Model HT SPECIAL piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Top speed 57 m.p.h. in overdrive. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347031, 53/4” x 6”, 204 brake horsepower @ 200 rpm. Dual ignition, American Bosch magneto, 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Stromberg 2” SF-5 updraft carburetor. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, 3” above carburetor.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.066 to 1). Pump pistons 33/8” x 6” minor (1.3251 gpr), 41/8” x 6” major (2.0136 gpr) (normal HT are 31/2” x 6” and 41/4” x 6”). Ross relief valve.

March 26, 1946: Bid proposal by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Bryn Mawr Fire Co., Bryn Mawr, Pa., for one Model HT, 1000 gallon per minute, twin triple combination Piston Pumping Engine, hose car, and booster apparatus. Delivery F.O.B. at Bryn Mawr, PA. Shipment from factory 150 working days after receipt on contract.

March 4, 1947: Tested at factory by Carl F. Doering and N.Z. Hamblin, cloudy weather, temperature 30o.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 2” nozzle, 72 pitot. 1008 gpm @ 150 psi. Engine 1240 rpm. Slip 0.88%.
Second Test, 1hour, major side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 13/4” nozzle, 60 pitot. 704 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1474 rpm. Slip 3.54%.
Third Test, 1hour, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 253 psi. Engine 1044 rpm. Slip 1.72%.

April 29, 1947: Shipped to Bryn Mawr Fire Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Price $13,543 (was to be $15,000), plus $683 trade-in of 1916 L-4 #702 (which Griesser sold for $845 to Moonachie, NJ).

May 13, 1947: Delivered to Bryn Mawr, PA.

May 26, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Bryn Mawr Fire Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.

May, 1957: Fire Engineering magazine, page 392—Chicksan/FMC ad shows this rig in use at fire in Autocar factory, Lower Merion, PA.

February, 1965: Skid on ice. Wrecked. Remains sold to Abington Fire Co., 1920 Horace Ave., Abington, PA, for spare parts for 1949 HT #3478. Some parts to Frank Griesser, who installed transmission in 1937 BT #4018 of Rockville Centre, NY.

Registered Number 3462

Model HT SPECIAL piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347101. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 33/8” x 6” minor, 41/8” x 6” major (normal HT are 31/2” x 6” and 41/4” x 6”).

February 27, 1947: Shipped to New Bedford, MA (left Cincinnati Feb. 28). Sale by Ira A. Ballou, Ahrens-Fox New England sales agent, East Providence, RI. In service as Engine 10.

circa-1970: To New Bedford Water Works.

1976: Sold to Fire Chief Everett Booker of Acushnet, MA, owner of New England Fire Truck Museum, Wareham, MA. Sat outside in Booker’s back yard, not at museum.

1986: Sold to Paul N. Romano, Box 205, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (617) 334-3573. For sale, $8500.

1986: Sold to Mel Clark, North Hampton, NH 03862.

1987: Sold to Mike Adams, 11835 Bueche Rd., Burt, MI 48417, phone (517) 770-4780.

November, 1988: Sold to John Koho, 3444 Dolores, Warren, MI 48091, phone (313) 756-3026.

June 15, 1990: At SPAAMFAA NATional muster, Lynnfield, MA, Ira A. Ballou Jr., former Ahrens-fox New England sales agent, drove up from his retirement home in Florida to the muster. He told me the story behind his selling #3462 and #3475 to New Bedford:
“In 1946, I went to New Bedford, Mass., to represent Ahrens-Fox on a deal for two pumpers. On my first trip to investigate this deal, I stopped on the way in Taunton, to say hello to my old boss and friend Harry Carlow. Carlow used to be the New England agent for Ahrens-Fox, and I had started working for him as a salesman in 1934. Harry asked if he could go with me, since he was retired and didn’t often get to take a ride like this. I told him, ‘I’d be glad to have you along.’ Harry belonged to a famous, exclusive club in New Bedford, so we picked up the Chief [Edward F. Dahill] and the three of us went to this club.
“Old Ed had invented the Dahill air hoist, which was very superior to the old spring hoist that was in use for years. With the Dahill hoist, firefighters had complete control. Its two compressors and two tanks would raise the aerial in no time flat. Dahill had been good friends with [Ahrens-Fox Company president] Charles H. Fox for many years, and all Ahrens-Fox aerials up to 1939 were equipped with the Dahill hoist.
“After a nice lunch, Harry and I bought Dahill some nice, freshly-caught, freshly-opened oysters, because all Ed was living on at that time was raw oysters and Four Roses whiskey. We got a couple of bottles of whiskey and went back to Ed’s home. He lived in a 15-room home in New Bedford, and at age 86 had outlived his entire family, including his wife and children. He was so well-liked and such a competent fire chief, that the city kept him on until he could just about toddle. The only time that he went to a real fire anymore would be a big one. The chauffeur would come up and rush into the house, help him out of the house, and assist him into the car. Once Ed got his feet out of the car at a fire, he knew what to do, though, and the direction. His old instincts for firefighting would come back to him.
“Old Ed was buying a couple of pumpers, so after we had lunch, we went back to Ed’s house to talk about the deal. When we were leaving, Harry Carlow said, ‘Well, Ed, I wish you a lot of luck. I’ll be down again soon to see you. And by the way, what do you think of my boy? Ira’s a particular friend of mine, I call him my boy.’ Harry was much older than I was, he was about 70 and I was 45. So that’s all Harry said, or needed to say. Harry had shivered along with the crew of New Bedford Engine 3 [1920 I-K-2 #786] at the Pocasset Mills fire that destroyed 107 blocks in Fall River, Mass., in February, 1928, he helped to keep their Ahrens-Fox pumping for a full week in sub-zero weather. Because of that, Carlow had earned a great deal of respect from Dahill; Ed and Harry had even gone to Europe together, so when Harry said I was OK, that was good enough for old Ed.
“On my next visit to New Bedford, I called on Ed again, this time without Harry Carlow. ‘What do you think of this?’ Dahill asked, showing me a newspaper. The American-LaFrance salesman had persuaded someone he knew in New Bedford to write a letter to the newspaper stating that he thought New Bedford would be better off with a different make of pump than Ahrens-Fox, and he specifically mentioned American-LaFrance. That American-LaFrance salesman called on Ed at his home the evening the piece came out in the newspaper, and he said, ‘Now, Ed, don’t you think it’s time for a change down here? I would like to make it worth your while.’ He meant a bribe, of course. And when Dahill heard that, being as old-fashioned in his honesty as his friend Charles H. Fox, old Ed said ‘Well, Gordon [Litchfield, former Ahrens-Fox salesman in Pittsburgh and later New England before joining ALF], it’s just starting to snow out, the weather’s bad, the road conditions are going to be terrible, and you’ve got about 40 or 50 miles to go. I suggest you go right now, while the weather permits.’ And that was the end of Mr. Litchfield and the end of American-LaFrance as far as the New Bedford deal was concerned. And I got the order for two Ahrens-Fox 1,000-GPM Model HT piston pumpers from Old Ed with no strings and no graft.
“While the pumpers were being built, Old Ed’s health deteriorated to the point where he had to quit [as New Bedford fire chief]. He deeded his house to the parish in Fair Haven, Mass., and in return he was to live in the bishop’s quarters at Fair Haven for the rest of his life [Chief Dahill passed away in 1950]. So when the apparatus came in, I went to Arthur Harriman, the mayor of New Bedford. I had one of the pumpers in front of City Hall, and I said ‘Arthur, would you do me a favor? Would you jump aboard this apparatus? It will take about 20 minutes for us to run over to Fair Haven. I would like to drive it right up on the circular drive in front of Ed Dahill’s window and let him see what the new Ahrens-Fox looks like.’ He had just ordered the two pumpers about 6 months previously.
The mayor said, ‘I think that’s a very thoughtful and good idea.’ So he got on and we drove over there, we drove right up in front of Ed Dahill’s window. When we did, I gave a little toot of the siren, a little clang of the bell, and the next thing you know, here’s Old Ed looking out of the window. We got off and walked in, and the old man had tears in his eyes that the Mayor and I would remember him, visit him, and show him the new pumper.
“We spent maybe 20 minutes with him, and before I left, I said, ‘Oh, Ed, here’s something for you, where do I put it?’ I brought out two quarts of Four Roses from under my coat. And he said, ‘For God’s sake, put it in the cupboard before one of the sisters finds it and takes it away from me!’”

Registered Number 3463

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 10.00 x 20 tires, provided with tire chains. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347107, 53/4” x 6” L-head, 935 cubic inch, 238 brake horsepower @ 2100 rpm (79.35 hp NACC formula). Compression ratio 6.4 to 1.Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.429 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.140 gpr), rated 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250, four 21/2” discharge gates. Lipe-Rollway (Syracuse, NY) Model 17-TC 17” single plate clutch. Fuller (Kalamazoo, MI) Model 4-A-860 transmission. Timken (Detroit, MI) axles, FE-900 front, Q-100-DPH rear, axle ratio 5.28 to 1. Ross (Lafayette, IN) TA-71 steering gear. Transmission gear ratios 3.72 to 1, 1.86 to 1, 1.00 to 1, 0.76 to 1, 4.12 to 1 reverse.Weight 20,035 pounds. Triple boot & coat rails. 4” x 10’ soft suction hose in basket in front of pump. Two 6” x 10’ hard suction hoses. 200’ of 1” booster hose on rear reel. 12-gauge steel hosebed, capacity 1200’ of 21/2” hose, with cover. 8’ aluminum folding ladder. Two 15# CO2 extinguishers, two fire axes. Siren with red flasher light.

May 28, 1946: Invitation to bid on new fire apparatus for Morristown, N.J., signed by Nelson S. Batera, Town Clerk, for one 750-gallon centrifugal pumper, to take 1926 Ahrens-Fox M-X-14 chemical & hose #1309 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox EC #9100); one 1000-gallon front-mount, twin-triple piston pumper, to take 1917 Ahrens-Fox N-2 piston pumper #909 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox #3463); and one 1000-gallon front-mount, twin-triple piston pumper, to take 1923 Ahrens-Fox K-S-4 #1138 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox #3464). Bids to be opened June 7, 1946, at 8:15 p.m.

June 7, 1946: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Mayor & Board of Aldermen, Morristown, NJ, for one Model H-T, 1000 Gallon per Minute, Twin Triple Combination Piston Pumping Engine, Hose Car, and Booster Apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Morristown, NJ. Shipment from factory with 150 working days after receipt of contract. Bids opened at 8:15 p.m.

June 20, 1946: Ordered by Morristown, NJ.

June 10, 1947: Shipped to Washington Engine Co. #1, Morristown, NJ. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

June 11, 1947: Delivered to Morristown, NJ. Price $13,701.40 net (was to be $13,700) plus $750 trade-in of 1917 N-2 #909 (which Griesser sold for $1,000 to Fort Lee, NJ).

August 5, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Morristown, NJ.

December 15, 1961: Letter from Frank X. Griesser to Morristown, N.J. He can rebuild one of their Model HT pumpers for $950, or both pumpers for $1,900.

1968: Loaned to Brookside Fire Co., Mendham Township, NJ, which put it in service.

1970: Returned to service in Morristown.

1975: Operated by Morristown Vintage Fire Association, c/o Paul V. Dugan, 79 James St., Morristown, NJ 07960.

June 8, 1975: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in parade at Newark, NJ.

July 5, 1975: One of 2 Ahrens-Foxes in Chester, NJ, parade.

July 12, 1975: In parade at Port Jervis, NY.

September 20, 1975: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in centennial parade at Westfield, NJ.

October 4, 1975: One of 17Ahrens-Foxes leading Fire Prevention Week parade at Morristown, NJ.

May 15, 1976: Frank X. Griesser, 131 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675, phone (201) 391-9421, wrote me that he recently repaired the Hercules HX motor in this rig, including one new cylinder head from Curt Nepper and one he found in Delaware, plus parts from Hercules at Canton, OH.

June 1, 1980: At antique fire engine parade, Newark, NJ.

August 24, 1980: One of 9 Ahrens-Foxes leading parade at Baldwin, NY.

1983: Owner is Morristown Vintage Fire Association, c/o Chief Stephen R. France, 33 Atno Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960, phone (201) 538-0381.

1983: Sold to Alex Slavin, Morristown, NJ (see 1930 P-S-44 #2311).

Registered Number 3464

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Same as #3463. Motor #347186.

May 28, 1946: Invitation to bid on new fire apparatus for Morristown, N.J., signed by Nelson S. Batera, Town Clerk, for one 750-gallon centrifugal pumper, to take 1926 Ahrens-Fox M-X-14 chemical & hose #1309 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox EC #9100); one 1000-gallon front-mount, twin-triple piston pumper, to take 1917 Ahrens-Fox N-2 piston pumper #909 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox #3463); and one 1000-gallon front-mount, twin-triple piston pumper, to take 1923 Ahrens-Fox K-S-4 #1138 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox #3464). Bids to be opened June 7, 1946, at 8:15 p.m.

June 7, 1946: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Mayor & Board of Aldermen, Morristown, NJ, for one Model H-T, 1000 Gallon per Minute, Twin Triple Combination Piston Pumping Engine, Hose Car, and Booster Apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Morristown, NJ. Shipment from factory with 150 working days after receipt of contract. Bids opened at 8:15 p.m.

June 20, 1946: Ordered by Morristown, NJ.

May 12, 1947: Shipped to Washington Engine Co. #1, Morristown, NJ. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Price $13,680.65 (was to be $13,700) plus $750 trade-in of 1923 K-S-4 #1138 (which Griesser sold for $1,000 to Fort Lee, NJ).

May 26, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Morristown, NJ.

May , 1947: In service at Independnet Hose Co., cost $13,700. Replaced 1923 Ahrens-Fox #1138, 4-cylinder, 90 horsepower, bought for $13,000.

Oct. 21, 1955: Ahrens-Fox invoice #1985 to Frank Griesser, 416 Palisade Ave., Bogota, NJ, for Morristown, NJ HT #3464. Two FC-3605 rear wheel cylinder repair kits, one Stewart-Warner 441086 gasoline gauge for dash, two Trico 45042 windshield wipers assemblies with arms & blades for inside & outside of windshield. Total $37.69.

December 15, 1961: Letter from Frank X. Griesser to Morristown, N.J. He can rebuild one of their Model HT pumpers for $950, or both pumpers for $1,900.

May 11, 1963: Letter from Frank X. Griesser to Morristown, N.J., he will fix excessive play in pistons of Ahrens-Fox #3464 at Newark, NJ.

May 15, 1963: Morristown fire chief authorized to have repairs made on Ahrens-Fox #3464.

June 23, 1973: One of 18 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

April 7, 1975: Bill from Frank Griesser for $1288.90, for repairs made to Independent Fire Co.’s Ahrens-Fox at Morristown, N.J., on March 8, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, and April 4.

1975: Operated by Morristown Vintage Fire Association, c/o Paul V. Dugan, 79 James St., Morristown, NJ 07960.

September 20, 1975: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in centennial parade at Westfield, NJ.

October 4, 1975: One of 17Ahrens-Foxes leading Fire Prevention Week parade at Morristown, NJ.

June 6, 1976: One of 4 Ahrens-Foxes at parade, Newark, NJ.

June 1, 1980: At antique fire engine parade, Newark, NJ.

June 28, 1980: One of 22 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

1983: Owner is Morristown Vintage Fire Association, c/o Chief Stephen R. France, 33 Atno Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960, phone (201) 538-0381.

1983: Sold to Alex Slavin, Morristown, NJ (see 1930 P-S-44 #2311).

Registered Number 3465

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 100-gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive (61.4 m.p.h.), 1.00 to 1 high (47.2 m.p.h.), 2.06 to 1 third (23 m.p.h.), 3.72 to 1 second (12.7 m.p.h.), 4.84 to 1 reverse (9.8 m.p.h.). Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347184, 53/4” x 6”, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm. Dual ignition, American Bosch magneto, 12-volt (140 ampere hour) battery. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1. Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, mechanical fuel pump.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.066 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.3251 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.0136 gpr), chrome-plated suction chamber. Ross relief valve. Rated 1000 gpm @ 120 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250.
30’ three-section aluminum ladder, 14’ aluminum roof ladder. Two 15# CO2 extinguishers. 4” x 10” soft suction hose in basket in front of pump. Double boot and coat rails. Siren with red flashing light. Rear booster reel. Rockwood SG40 fog-straight stream nozzle with 6” applicator for booster hose. Hosebed partition for 500’ of 11/2” hose.
Hood lettered CUMBERLAND (top line) CARLISLE, PA (second line).

October 11, 1945: Letter from Harold LeBlond, president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Charles Potter, president of council, City of Carlisle, Factory St., Carlisle, Pa., regarding Carlisle’s interest in buying a new Ahrens-Fox pumper and denying rumor that Ahrens-Fox would not resume fire engine production now that war was over (LeBlond claimed that Ahrens-Fox made new apparatus and new parts for existing rigs throughout war).

November 19, 1945: Letter from Harold LeBlond to Charles Potter, Borough Council, Carlisle, Pa. Art last Carlisle council meeting, Charles E. Wood of Buffalo Fire Appliance Co. openly belittled and condemned Ahrens-Fox. When Ahrens-Fox changed to war production in 1940, Mr. Wood was discharged as salesman, but that does not justify his condemning the Company for not living up to its obligations. Ahrens-Fox intends to continue building apparatus of finest materials and workmanship.

May 9, 1946: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Borough Council, Borough of Carlisle, PA, for one Model H-T, 1000 Gallon per Minute, Twin Triple Combination Piston Pumping Engine, Hose Car, and Booster Apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Carlisle, PA. Shipment from factory within 200 days after receipt of contract.

July 11, 1946: Ordered by Carlisle, PA. Contract signed by Paul L. Shearer, president, Carlisle Borough Council, and Frank X. Griesser of Ahrens-Fox.

August 26, 1946: Contract accepted by R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp.

June 5, 1947: Tested at factory from 4’ lift by C. Joseph, fair weather, temperature 80-88o.
First Test, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 2” nozzle, 72 pitot. 1008 gpm @ 150 psi. Engine 1240 rpm. Slip 0.98%.
Second Test, major side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose, 13/4” nozzle, 60 pitot. 704 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1486 rpm. Slip 4.21%.
Third Test, major side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1048 rpm. Slip 2.1%.
Fourth Test, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1618 rpm. Slip 3.6%.
Special Fifth Test of reserve capacity, 1218 gpm @ 145 psi.

June 27, 1947: Invoice #7237 for $14,209, plus trade-in of 1916 K-4 #627 for $25 (which Griesser sold for $425 to J.F. Sours, Carlisle, PA), for this rig, to Borough of Carlisle, Pa.

June 27, 1947: Shipped in end-loaded box car #598021 via Pennsylvania RR to Carlisle, PA.

July 9, 1947: Tested from 7’ lift at Water Co. Race, Carlisle, PA, by R.F. Goodhue and J.L. Down, Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters, 401 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 100’ lines of 21/2” hose to deluge set, 2” nozzle, throttled. 1030 gpm @ 160 psi. Engine 1296 rpm, 319 rpm. Displacement 3.229 gpr, slip 3.3%.
Second Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose to 15/8” nozzle, throttled. 715 gpm @ 215 psi. Engine 1540 rpm, 380 rpm. Displacement 1.885 gpr, slip 6.4%.
Third Test, 30 minutes, minor side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose to 13/8” nozzle, throttled. 521 gpm @ 262 psi. Engine 1091 rpm, 269 rpm. Displacement 1.940 gpr, slip 3.6%.

July 9, 1947: Delivered to Cumberland Fire Co., Carlisle, PA. In service as Engine 1.

July 12, 1947: Two letters from Blair F. Pittinger (training Instructor), Arthur H. Fenton (chief foreman), Stephen Fisher (president), and H.B. Calio (secretary), Cumberland Fire Co., Carlisle, Pa. (organized Feb. 18, 1809) to Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., Cincinnati 12, Ohio. When borough council wanted to buy a Buffalo pumper, Cumberland Fire Co. issued an ultimatum that they either buy the Ahrens-Fox, or the company would disband after 137 years of service to the community of Carlisle. Describes 1916 K-4 #627 as having answered a record number of alarms in 31 years of service, and the new HT #3465 as “a masterpiece to equal any real fire engineer’s dream.”

August 5, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Carlisle, PA.

1970: Sold for $1,000 to Firefighters Association, Carlisle, PA 17013.

June 5, 1971: One of 3 Ahrens-Foxes in 50th Anniversary fire dept. parade at Limerick, PA.

September 28, 1974: One of 28 Ahrens-Foxes leading Pennsylvania State firemen’s parade at Conshohocken, PA, 4 across in 7 rows.

August 26, 1978: One of 13 Ahrens-Foxes leading parade at Hempstead, NY.

1983: Owner is Cumberland Fire Co., c/o Mark E. Boyles, 152 East North St., Carlisle, PA 17013.

April 21, 1984: Cumberland Fire Co. disbanded, and this rig sold for $15,000 to John A. Norman, 65 Munson St., Greenfield, MA 01301, phone (413) 773-7467.

1991: Owner is John A. Norman, R.R. 1, Box 152, West Deerfield, MA 01342, phone (413) 773-9606 or 773-7467.

Registered Number 3466

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 100-gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1. Top speed 59 m.p.h. Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #347259, 53/4” x 6” L-head, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm (79.35 hp NACC formula). Dual ignition, American Bosch magneto, 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors, 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, with mechanical fuel pump. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.066 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.3251 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.0136 gpr). Rated 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250.Chrome-plated suction chamber, soft suction basket in front of pump. Rooster from 1916 L-4 #708 on air chamber, siren with red flashing light on vacuum chamber.
Double boot and coat rail on each side of hosebed. 200’ of 1” booster hose on rear reel. Hosebed capacity 1400’ of 21/2” hose and 500’ of 11/2” hose. 22’ extension ladder, 13’ roof ladder.

July 9, 1946: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to City Council, Chester, P, for one Model H-T, 1000 Gallon per Minute, Twin Triple combination Piston Pumping Engine, Hose Car, and Booster apparatus. Price $15,320 plus $500 trade-in of 1916 L-4 #708. Delivery f.o.b. Chester, Pa. Shipment in 200 working days after receipt of contract.

August 20, 1946: Ordered by Chester, PA.

Sept. 12, 1946: Contract signed by Ahrens-Fox and Chester, PA.

July 11, 1947: Tested from 4’ lift at factory by C. Joseph, overcast weather, temperature 70o to 86o.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 2” nozzle, 72 pitot. 1008 gpm @ 150 psi. Engine 1256 rpm, pump 309.9 rpm, 2.5% slip.
Second Test, 2 hours, major side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 13/4” nozzle, 60 pitot. 704 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1516 rpm, pump 372.8 rpm, 6.2% slip.
Third Test, 2 hours, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1100 rpm, pump 270.5 rpm, 6.6% slip.

July 31, 1947: Shipped via Pennsylvania RR in 40-foot end-loaded box car #563936, to Chester, PA. Shipper’s #S-64375. Apparatus weight 16,090 pounds, plus 420-pound box of parts and 500-pound blocking (total shipping weight 17010 pounds).

August 8, 1947: Tested from 15’ to 18’ lift at Delaware River & Norris St., Chester, PA, by R.P. Wentzel, Engineer, Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters, Philadelphia, PA.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 2” nozzle, throttled. 1029 gpm @ 163 psi. Engine 1311 rpm, pump 322 rpm. Displacement 3.1956 gpr, 4.29% slip.
Second Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose with 13/4” nozzle, throttled. 710 gpm @ 210 psi. Engine 1656 rpm, pump 473 rpm. Displacement 1.5011 gpr, 2.55% slip.
Third Test, 30 minutes, minor side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle, throttled. 508 gpm @ 256 psi. Engine 1083 rpm, pump 266 rpm. Displacement 1.9097 gpr, 5.11% slip.

August 8, 1947: Delivered to Hanley Hose Co. #1, Chester, PA. Price $15,295, plus $125 trade-in of 1916 L-3 #708 (which Griesser sold for $600 to Mr. Mitchell, Ridley Park, PA).

Photo of serial number plate

September 9, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Chester, PA.

1969: Bill Hass (Plainfield, NJ) and Bob Schierle (Westfield, NJ) photoed this rig at Hanley Hose Co. #1, 5th St., Chester, PA 19013.

May, 1970: Sold to Ernest N. Day, New Jersey Fire Equipment Corp., 1000 N. Washington Ave., Dunellen, NJ, (201) 968-2121.

Sept. 1971: Silver Sphere newsletter—For Sale: One 1947 Ahrens-Fox HT model, outstanding condition. Served until last year in the Hanley Hose Co., Chester, Pa. Asking $4500. Ernest Day, New Jersey Fire Equipment Corp., 1000 N. Washington Ave., Dunellen, N.J.

March, 1973: Sold for $4,850 to Town Bank Fire Co., Town Bank Rd., North Cape May, NJ 08204.

September 13, 1975: In state firemen’s parade at Wildwood, NJ.

1983: Owner is Town Bank Fire Co., c/o Chief Marcus H. Patterson, 303 Deland Ave., North Cape May, NJ 08204.

August 16, 1986: One of 7 Ahrens-Foxes at SPAAMFAA National muster, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ. 3rd place, Best Appearing Apparatus, Fire Dept. Owned (1940-1949).

August 16, 1987: One of 10 Ahrens-Foxes at Wheaton Village muster, Millville, NJ.

1988 (also 1991): Still owned by Town Bank Fire Co., c/o Chief Ray Brown, 611 Wilson Ave., North Cape May, NJ 08204, phone (609) 886-2147.

June 10, 1989: One of 4 Ahrens-Foxes at Absecon, NJ, parade.

June 11, 1989: One of 7 Ahrens-Foxes at Mays Landing, NJ, muster. Foxes 1121, 1087, 3466, 1625, 1666, and 1756 pumped into mast and twin deck guns of Atlantic County Fire Museum’s ex-Atlantic City 1929 American-LaFrance water tower.

Registered Number 3467

Model HT SPECIAL piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347267. Goodyear tires, single front, dual rear. 6-cylinder Ahrens-Fox twin-triple front-mount piston pump, 41/8" x 6" major (2.0136 GPR), 33/8" x 6" minor (1.3251 GPR), four 21/2" discharge gates. Rated capacity 1000 gpm @ 120 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250. 150-gallon booster tank. 200’ of 3/4" booster hose on reel in rear platform. Three 6" x 10’ hard suction hoses. One each 22’ rope hoist extension ladder and 13’ roof ladder with folding hooks. One each 15# CO2 and 21/2 gallon foam fire extinguisher, 6" female x 41/2" male suction adapter, 10’ pike pole, 3’ crow bar, 6# pick-back axe. Two fire department electric lanterns. Double boat and coat rails atop both sides of hose bed. Siren with red flashing light atop pump vacuum chamber. Battery charging plug. Hood lettering PORT MONMOUTH FIRE Co No 1; seat riser lettering MIDDLETOWN TWP. FIRE DEPT. Co 6.

Sept. 21, 1946: Bid proposal. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Price $15,000.00, plus $370.98 trade-in of old apparatus (which Griesser sold for $450 to Chester Heights, NJ).

Sept. 23, 1946: Contract signed by Frank X. Griesser for Ahrens-Fox, Henry Palsch (President), Newton A. Mallett (Secretary) for Port Monmouth.

July 25, 1947: Delivered to Port Monmouth, NJ.

August 20, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Port Monmouth, NJ.

September 19, 1947: Accepted by Port Monmouth, NJ. In service as Engine 1.

1969: To earn a Boy Scout merit badge for hiking, other members of Troop 12, Plainfield, NJ, and I walked 12 miles from our campsite at Sandy Hook Park to the Port Monmouth firehouse and back, stopping to get #3467 outside so I could photograph it. This rig was still in first-line service.

1983: Owner is Port Monmouth Fire Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 235, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758.

1986: Owner is Port Monmouth Fire Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 787, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758.

Registered Number 3468

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width, 10.00 x 20 Sieberling balloon tires, provided with tire chains. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Hercules HXE motor #347476, 53/4” x 6”, 238 brake horsepower @ 2100 rpm. Dual ignition, Aut-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto, Willard 12-volt (140 ampere hour) battery, two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, mechanical fuel pump.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 14-62 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr), chrome suction chamber. Rated 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250. Ross relief valve.
Two model 30-T DuGas fire extinguishers. Federal C-6 Traffik King siren with Propello-Ray red light. Two fire axes. Triple boot & coat rails on each side of hosebed, chrome rail atop booster tank to hold equipment. Rockwood SG-40 1” fog-straight stream nozzle with 6’ applicator on booster hose. Two MSA gas masks. 41/2” soft suction, 10’ long. 36-unit First Aid kit. 250’ of 1” booster hose. Hose bed cover. Two searchlights behind driver’s seat. 100’ of 3/4” and 50’ of 3/8” hemp rope. Swing-mounted bell. 22’ extension ladder, 13’ roof ladder. Hosebed capacity 1200’ of 21/2” hose, 500’ of 11/2” hose.
Hood lettered ANTIETAM FIRE CO. (top line), HAGERSTOWN (second line). Seat riser lettered SERVARE MOLIMUR (in arch) and numeral 2.

March 17, 1947: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Mayor & City Council of Hagerstown, MD, for one Ahrens-Fox Model H-T, 1000 gallons per minute, twin-triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus. Delivery F.O.B. at Hagerstown, MD. Shipment within 225 working days after receipt of contract. Price $19,515.32, payment in full upon delivery & acceptance of apparatus.

March 19, 1947: Ordered by Mayor & City Council, Hagerstown, MD. Contract signed by Richard H. Sweeney, mayor, and Eldeuh Kerney, city clerk, Hagerstown, and by Frank X. Griesser. Also at same time, ordered a $27,859.30 two-axle Ahrens-Fox junior aerial for Pioneer Hook & Ladder of Hagerstown, from Frank Griesser, but Ahrens-Fox refused the order because it would be too expensive to build.

April 7, 1947: Contract accepted by R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp.

October 20, 1948: Tested from 6’6” lift at factory by C. Joseph, reported by Carl Doering, fair weather, temperature 40o.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle. 1007 gpm @ 150 psi. Engine 1274 rpm, pump 287.6 rpm. 1.94% slip. 56 pitot.
Second Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 11/4” nozzle. 702 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1498 rpm, pump 338.2 rpm. 3% slip. 58 pitot.
Third Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1652 rpm, pump 373 rpm. 4.78% slip. 58 pitot.

November 11, 1948: Shipped by Frank Griesser and Joe Fearing of Ahrens-Fox in 40-foot end-loaded box car #45323 via Pennsylvania RR to Cumberland, MD, then Western-Maryland RR to Hagerstown. Shipper’s #S-64922. Apparatus weight 16,400 pounds, box of parts 750 pounds, blocking 500 pounds (total shipping weight 17,650 pounds). Upon arrival, notify Mr. Frank Griesser, 416 Palisade Ave., Bogota, NJ, phone Hackensack 2-10495.

November 29, 1948: Delivered to Antietam Fire Co. #2, Hagerstown, MD. Price $19,515.32.

January 17, 1949: Griesser received payment in full from Hagerstown, MD.

July, 1978: Firehouse magazine, page 65—For sale, antique fire engine, 1947 Ahrens-Fox 1000 GPM pumper, Model HT, serial #3468. Sale by public auction Friday, August 4, 1978, 7:00 p.m., Fire Department Training Center, Hagerstown, Maryland. May be seen at the Antietam Fire Company, 113 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Address inquiries to Fire Chief, City Hall, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. (301) 790-3200. (City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.)

August 4, 1978: Sold for $10,000 to Melvin H. Clark, 8 Lafayette Rd., Box 184, North Hampton, NH 03862. He was the only bidder. Counting this, he then had 17 Ahrens-Foxes in collection.

January 20, 1979: John Orner, Cinnaminson, NJ (1939 BJQ-70 #2068) visited Mel Clark, found this for sale for $15,000.

March 20, 1979: Sold for $15,000 to Irving F. Jensen, 2220 Hawkeye Drive, Sioux City, IA 51102.

March 17, 1980: I received letter (date March 14) from Irving Jensen confirming that he bough #3468 from Mel Clark a year ago.

1983: Owner is Irving F. Jensen Jr., 4320 Perry Way, Sioux City, IA 51104.

Registered Number 3469

Model IT piston pumper, hose car, and booster tank. Ahrens-Fox worm-drive chassis. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #348089, 53/4" x 6", 935 cubic inch, 79.35 SAE horsepower, 210 bhp @ 2200 RPM. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 4.066 to 1, axle ratio 4.8 to 1. 6-cylinder Ahrens-Fox front-mount twin-triple piston pump, 750 GPM, 31/4" x 6" minor side (1.223 gallons per revolution), 4" x 6" minor side (1.889 gpr).

December 17, 1948: Specifications for West Mifflin, PA.

February 17, 1949: Shipped to West Mifflin, PA. In service as Engine 2.

cover letter about pump test

pump test results

specifications

1961: Traded-in on new Seagrave pumper.

March, 1961: Ad in Fire Engineering magazine, FOR SALE, 1—1949 Ahrens-Fox piston pumper, 750 GPM, good shape, complete with 35-ft. 3-section Duo-Safety aluminum ladder, 150 ft. booster reel, 200 gallon tank. Immediate delivery, reasonable price. Arthur C. Page Associates, P.O. Box 25, Dravosburg, PA. [Page was a Seagrave salesman]

1964: Sold to American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, PA.

June 30, 1973: My father & I photoed this rig at American Fire Co. #1, Lansford, PA, after attending parade in Berwick, PA. Still in service.

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Sept. 28, 1974: One of 28 Ahrens-Foxes leading Pennsylvania State Firemen’s parade at Conshohocken PA, 4 across in 7 rows.

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May 16, 1978: Frank X. Griesser, retired Ahrens-Fox sales & service agent, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, rebuilt pump of #3469 at Lansford, PA.

1981:Sold for $15,000 to Art Garabedian, Anaheim, CA.

1983: Sold for $20,000 to Dennis van der Zyl, Orange, CA.

May, 1985: Van der Zyl offering for sale for $30,000.

August, 1986: For sale. Excellent condition, $30,000. Dennis, P.O. Box 5685, Orange, CA 92667, phone (714) 637-8030 or 637-3276.

1987: Lien sale to Pat Coleary, Palm Springs, CA.

February, 1988: Sold for $4,200 to Bob Fearnehough (FERN-a-hoff), Arcadia, CA:

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June 25, 1988: Attended the antique fire engine muster at Redlands, CA. Stick shift broke off en route, so duct-taped a pipe over gear shift to get to the muster. Fearnehough attempted to pump, with assistance from Fred Sattler (1928 N-S-4 #3321) and me (1953 EC #9160), with me on the pump throttle. On my instructions, pump shut down quickly, because of loud rattling when pump throttled up. When Fearnehough got #3469 home, found broken oil sling for gears and crankshaft joint at rear, inside pump crankcase.

February, 1989: I visited Bob Fearnehough in Arcadia, CA, staying overnight there en route to SPAAMFAA National muster at Tucson, AZ, where Ed’s 1944 Garbarino hand-drawn hose reel won trophies for 2nd Place for Best Appearing hand-drawn, and won longest distance to muster (989 miles each way). #3469 was in Fearnehough’s driveway, under a canvas tarp. Fearnehough and his neighbor, Wayne Cecchino (check-EE-no), owned 17 fire engines between them, parked in their driveways, neighbors’ driveways, and on the street.

July, 1980: Bob Fearnehough’s neighbor, Wayne Cecchino, visited Curt Nepper at Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati, obtained all needed pump parts for #3469 and hauled them home to Arcadia. The night before, firehouse in Southern Campbell, KY, burned to the ground, destroying two pumpers, but fortunately this was not the station housing the last-ever (1977) Ahrens-Fox pumper. Cecchino got good video of the burnt station and melted pumpers.

1989: Fearnehough and Cecchino both moved to Home, WA (R.B. Fearnehough, c/o Reliant Volunteer Fire Co., 17120 4th St. KPN, Home, WA 98394). Sold many of their rigs, including #3469, to Hewy E.Wick, Sage Fire Dept., 37-120 Sage Road, Hemet, CA 92343, phone (714) 658-1757.

April 21, 1994: I received a phone call from a Los Angeles law firm. Their client, Peter Carolan, is involved in a court dispute with another collector over the ownership of this rig, plus a 1949 Seagrave aerial, a 1957 GMC pumper, and one other rig. Both collectors have “pink slip” titles to these rigs from Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Evidently, they bought these rigs as partners, then had a falling-out.

May, 1994: The law firm called me back, apparently the information they had from Peter Carolan was incorrect, only rig involved was #3469. Peter Carolan evidently bought this rig from Dennis van der Zyl, but failed to pay rental fees on the storage garage where he kept it, so garage owner Pat Coleary impounded it and held the lien-sale to Bob Fearnehough. Their client, Peter Carolan, was suing Pat Coleary, claiming that proper procedure had not been followed in the rental agreement nor in the lien sale, and that he was therefore owed the value of the confiscated rig. The lawyer told me that Carolan was not seeking any money from either Bob Fearnehough nor Hewy Wick, and did not seek return of the fire engine itself.

June, 1994: At antique fire engine muster in Atascadero, CA, Hewy Wick told me that as current owner of #3469, he appeared in court as a witness against Carolan, who lost his case. Hewy still has the pump parts that Wayne Cecchino picked up for #3469, but has yet to install them.

Registered Number 3470

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 200-gallon booster tank and fully-enclosed, two-door all-steel cab (731/2” cab width). 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347256, 53/4” x 6”, 6.4 to 1 compression ratio, cast iron cylinder heads. 12-volt electric system, positive ground. Auto-Lite MR-4108 starter, GEH-5001-P2 generator, IGC-4064 distributor, and CM-6001 coil. American Bosch MJR-6C-106 magneto. Willard DRG-15-6Z 12-volt battery, 18-mm Champion #8 commercial spark plugs. 13/4” Zenith 29-W-14 carburetor, AC 1522208 fuel pump, 45-gallon gas tank. Spicer-BL 7840 transmission. 14” Spicer 2-plate clutch. Timken axles, 126050-H front, Q-100-DPH rear (52/7 to 1 axle ratio). Lockheed 171/4” x 3” brakes, 13/4” Wagner FF-2980 master cylinder, B-K 374229 hydrovac. 11.25” Budd 32742-S 10-stud wheels, 10.00 x 20 tires, single front, dual rear. Mather 3” semi-elliptic springs, 42” front, 50” rear. Ross TA-71 steering, 22” steering wheel. Trico vacuum windshield wipers on outside of windshield.

Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major. 4 discharge gates. Ross relief valve.
Dietz 6229-P sealed-beam headlights on front fenders. 12-volt light under hood and front fender lights. Dietz 709 rear hose pick-up lights. Guide lights: 528-F cowl flashers, 492-V tail lights. B&M two-tone friction-drive siren on side of motor. Large Buckeye Rot-Ray lights on top on pump vacuum chamber. Painted Dupont Dulux 93-1863 swift commercial red. 31/2” hood letters N.O.F.D. in semi-circle. 66”-wide hose body, capacity 1200’ of 21/2” and 300’ of 11/2” hose, battery-charging plug at rear. Three 6” x 10’ hard suction hoses. 300’ of 3/4” booster hose on reel in rear platform, with Rockwood SG-40 fog/stream nozzle. Duo-Safety solid-side wood ladders on left: 24’ 2-section extension, 14’ roof, 12’ folding. 10’ plaster pole on left under ladders. 11/8” crow bar, pick-point fire axe, Detroit door opener, Peerless E hose clamp, 21/2” Copper hose jacket. Two Acme 4-A gas masks, 6 Atlas 271 hose & ladder straps. 2 Carpenter J-24 electric hand lamps. Extinguishers: one each Foamcrest and 15-pound CO2.

July 29, 1947: Ahrens-Fox construction list for #3470, 3471, 3472, 3473.

March 12, 1948: Shipped via Illinois Central Railroad to New Orleans Fire Dept. 506 N. Broad St., New Orleans, LA. City Shop #FD-1036. Chief was Howard L. Dey (1946-Nov. 7, 1962; joined NOFD 2-2-1915). I n service as Engine 5, 821 Magazine St.

Factory delivery photos:

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July, 1949: Fire Engineering, page 149—shown in article about using walkie-talkies in New Oleans.

1949: Fire Engineering, page 677—New Orleans Fire Department. The New Orleans Fire Department, organized in December, 1891, has a total of 58 pieces of mobile fire appartus divided as follows: 44 pumpers [of which 13 were Ahrens-Fox]; 12 ladder trucks [of which 3 were Ahrens-Fox]; 1 water tower and 1 squad wagon. There are three reserve pumpers, one reserve water tower and three reserve service trucks.
The department is manned by a Chief Engineer, Howard L. Dey, a Deputy Chief, 13 Fire District Chiefs, 118 Fire Captains; 118 Fire Lieutenants; 348 Firefighters and other personnel. The total personnel is 806, of which 762 comprise the Active Fire Force.
In 1948, the department responded to a total of 4,119 alarms, of which 1,925 were for actual fires, 1,022 were unnecessary alarms and 232 were false alarms; 697 were grass fires, 73 dump fires, 8 ship fires and 8 calls for assistance from out of the city; 124 were for other than fires. There were 20 general alarms and 10 “repeated general alarms.” The total estimated fire losses for the year were $1,196,749.00 with $15,536,804.00 of insurancxe involved. The total evaluation of property was $48,280,946.00.
The Department maintains an active Fire Prevention Division in charge of a Captain and a Training School, also directed by a Captain. There are 40 fire stations located throughout the city, which is divided into six fire districts. The high value area of New Orleans is divided into two districts: the south section comprises the uptown or more modern area of the business territory. This section includes about three quarters of the block area and comprises the financial, wholesale and part of the mercantile and warehouse sections. Fire resistant construction is found here in about one fifth of the buildings.
The old downtown section is located in the north section where nearly half the buildings are of fire resistant construction or are sprinklered, to the evident relief of Chief Dey and his fire fighters. The French quarter—happy hunting ground of the tourist—borders on the congested value district. The buildings are mainly small, of brick, two to four-story construction, having minor mercantile occupancies, below, with dwellings above, and an occasional small factory or other business enterprise.
Along the river front for some six miles there is nearly a continuous line of wharves containing large and costly stocks of sugar, rice, cotton, and general merchandise. During the war this waterfront saw tremendous activity, and not a few threatening fires. For considerable distances, latest type fire resistant warehouses are found in this area; in other sections there are the old wooden wharves and warehouses, with wood timbers in wood pile and tin-covered wooden sheds, packed with combustibles, which provide plenty of fuel for fires. Most of these structures, however, are giving place to newer, less combustible property. Adjacent to the wharves are refineries, rice and other mills, cotton compresses, and storage plants.
Outside the fire limits, the building construction is mainly frame, with slate roofs predominant. Like other large municipalities, New Orleans has spread out as a result of the war, increasing the importance of fire protetction. And like other large cities, it has become the home of industries and businesses that have located there to become a prosperous growth of that part of the nation below the Mason and Dixon line.

1958: Roof sheared-off passing under low bridge. Rebuilt in New Orleans Fire Dept. repair shop as semi-cab (doors, no roof).

May, 1962: Jack Supple, Buffalo, NY, saw & photoed this rig, still in service as Engine 5.

photo of 3470 and 3473 pumping at a New Orleans fire, 1962

1964: To Engine 31, 436 Jefferson Davis Parkway.

1968: To Spare Engine 70, 987 Robert E. Lee Blvd.

May 31, 1973: Donated to City of Pearl River, LA. In service.

Sank into swamp while fighting fire, and left there.

July 26, 1977: Sold for $1,000 to William H. Darrow, 530 Fairground Rd., Xenia, OH 45385. Darrow and Louis Fenchel towed out of swamp.

July 24, 1978: I photoed this rig at Bill Darrow’s farm, Xenia, OH. Stored outdoors, pump dismantled, hood off, still has all parts. 11,079 miles on odometer.

1983: Bill Darrow’s address 395 Winding Trail, Xenia, OH 45385, phone (513) 372-0132.

1988: Darrow moved to 2345 Monterey Drive, Xenia, OH 45385, phone (513) 372-0132 or 293-8147.

Registered Number 3471

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 200-gallon booster tank and fully-enclosed, two-door cab. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347258. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major. Same as #3470.

April 2, 1948: Shipped via Southern Railroad to New Orleans, LA. I n service as Engine 10.

1962: Jack Supple, Buffalo, NY, saw & photoed this rig, still in service as Engine 10.

1964: To Engine 35, 965 Carrollton Ave.

1968: To Spare Engine 69, 965 Carrollton Ave.

December 12, 1971: Sold to Anthony Herrle, Airline Auto Salvage, 6900 Airline Highway, Metairie, LA 70003.

June 22, 1978: Bill Darrow, Xenia, OH (1948 HT #3470 & 3472) saw & photoed #3471 at Airline Auto Salvage, spoke to Mr. Tony Herrle of Stanley, work phone 737-1100. Rig was missing front and outer-rear tires on left side, upper pump cover (between air chamber flange and upper pump body), pump blinder caps, hard suctions, ladders, and engine oil pan. Air chamber assembly resting atop pump stud bolts. Also had an American-LaFrance pumper, asking $3,000 for the pair but Bill hoped to talk down the price.

1979: Bill Darrow bought #3471 from Airline Auto Salvage for resale to D. Scott Warthman, 40 Fair St., Brockport, NY 14420 (1916 M-3 #811). THat summer, Ken Soderbeck, Jackson, MI (1923 J-M-4 #1208) photographed #3470, 3471, and 3472 parked together at Bill Darrow’s farm.

February 18, 1980: Scott Warthman told me that he bought #3471 from Bill Darrow for $3,000, had yet to haul it home. Looking for oil pan, vacuum chamber, and pump body section below air chamber (might have Curt Nepper cast one from original core box).

October, 1994: Mrs. Warthman told me on phone that Scott is still restoring this rig.

Registered Number 3472

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 200-gallon booster tank and fully-enclosed, two-door cab. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347456. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major. Same as #3470.

June 3, 1948: Shipped via Illinois Central Railroad to New Orleans, LA (was to be shipped in May). In service as Engine 14.

To Engine 21, 3040 Paris Ave.

1962: Jack Supple, Buffalo, NY, photoed this rig, then in service as Engine 26, 271 South Broad Ave.

1964: To Engine 3, 2201 Barrack St.

1968: To Spare Engine 68, 2201 Barrack St.

May 31, 1973: Donated to Village of Killiam, LA. In service.

July 28, 1977: Sold for $1,000 to William H. Darrow, 530 Fairground Rd., Xenia, OH 45385. Loaned to Louis Fenchel, Seven Cedars Fire Division, 402 N. Hampton St., P.O. Box 595, Kershaw, SC 29067. Put in service. Fire phone (803) 475-6908. Fenchel worked for Enjine Service Co., Junction of highways 601 & 521, phone (803) 475-6990.

August, 1978: Returned to Bill Darrow, stored outside on his farm at Xenia, OH.

1983: Bill Darrow’s address 395 Winding Trail, Xenia, OH 45385, phone (513) 372-0132.

1988: Darrow moved to 2345 Monterey Drive, Xenia, OH 45385, phone (513) 372-0132 or 293-8147.

Registered Number 3473

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 200-gallon booster tank and fully-enclosed, two-door cab. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #347411. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major. Same as #3470.

July 2, 1948: Shipped via Texas & Pacific Railroad to New Orleans, LA (was to be shipped in June). In service as Engine 44.

1950: To Engine 13, 801 Girod St.

1951: Flipped over, crushed-in roof. Returned to Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati for conversion to semi-cab (doors but no roof). Original cab doors were still in Ahrens-Fox Company’s parts stock in 1986.

1955: Fire Engineering page 238, article about #3473 pumping through a mile of hose.Pumping water in relay, threw stream 25 feet straight up.

May, 1962: Jack Supple, Buffalo, NY, saw & photoed this rig, still in service as Engine 13.

1964: To Engine 41.

(To Engine 1?)

circa-1966: To Engine 11, 2312 Louisiana Ave.

1968: To Spare Engine 67, 2312 Louisiana Ave.

May 31, 1973: Donated to Irish Bayou Improvement Association, Irish Bayou, LA.

April, 1978: Traded for old Hale pumper (valued at $1200) to Terrytown Fifth District Fire Dept., Gretna, LA.

June 23, 1978: Restoration begun.

1983: Owner is Terrytown 5th District Volunteer Fire Dept., c/o Paul Legendre, 341 Heritage St., Gretna, LA 70053. Chief is Gerald L. Dellucky, P.O. Box 1231, Gretna, LA 70053.

1987: Owner is Terrytown 5th District Volunteer Fire Dept., c/o Paul Legendre, 333 Firethorn Drive, Gretna, LA 70056, phone (318) 393-1016. Chief is Gerald L. Dellucky, P.O. Box 1671, Gretna, LA 70054.

1989: Chief is Gerald L. Dellucky, P.O. Box 1671, Gretna, LA 70054.

1991: Owner is Terrytown 5th District Volunteer Fire Dept., c/o Paul Legendre, 333 Firethorn Drive, Gretna, LA 70056, phone (318) 393-1016. Chief is Gerald L. Dellucky, P.O. Box 1671, Gretna, LA 70054.

Registered Number 3474

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels), 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #347475, 53/4” x 6”, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1. Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto, Willard 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors, 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, mechanical fuel pump.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Hosebed partition for 500’ of 11/2” hose. Federal siren atop suction chamber. Rear booster hose reel.

April 8, 1947: Bid proposal from F.X. Griesser, Representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to City of Phillipsburg, NJ, for one Ahrens-Fox Model H-T, 1000 Gallons per minute, twin-triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus with standard open seat. Delivery f.o.b. Phillipsburg, NJ. Shipment within 225 working days after receipt of contract.

May 5, 1947: Ordered by Warren Chemical Engine Co. #1, Phillipsburg, NJ.

November 10, 1948: Delivered to Warren Chemical Engine Co. #1, Phillipsburg, NJ. Price $17,255 (was to be $20,000), plus $850 trade-in of 1937 Ford 500-gpm pumper (which Griesser sold for $850 to New Jersey Fire Equipment Corp., Dunellen, NJ).

November 30, 1948: Griesser received payment in full from Phillipsburg, NJ.

March 11, 1953: Wrecked. Ordered new Ahrens-Fox HT pumper from Frank Griesser for $24,000 to replace it, but that order was cancelled and they rebuilt #3474 instead.

April, 1953: Returned to Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati for rebuilding. Price of repairs $7,180.86.

September 4, 1953: Driven overland by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, from Cincinnati, arriving in Phillipsburg Sept. 6.

December 1, 1953: Griesser received payment in full from Phillipsburg, NJ.

June 23, 1972: Sold for $325 to Mack Trucks, Allentown, PA, for a proposed truck museum. Had thrown a rod through the engine block at Phillipsburg, thus its retirement and sale.

October, 1972: Sold to Frank Buck, Stroudsburg, PA.

1973: Sold to Rob Mack, Capwell Ave., Factoryville, PA 18419.

December, 1978: Sold to Bob Linke, 569 Portzer Rd., Quakertown, PA.

March, 1981: Sold to Art Garabedian, Anaheim, CA. He restored it, including repairing the damaged engine block, new paint and gold leaf, replating all chrome.

1990: Sold to Auto & Technik Museum, D-6920 Sinsheim/Kraichgau (near Heidelberg), Germany. Telephone 0-72-61 or 6-11-16.

Registered Number 3475

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank.202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10,00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #347478, 53/4” x 6”, 238 horsepower @ 2100 rpm. Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto. Willard 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1).Compression ratio 6.4 to 1. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr), rated 1000 gpm @ 120 psi, 500 @ 200, 333 @ 250. Ross relief valve.

October 5, 1948: Shipped to New Bedford, MA (left Cincinnati Oct. 6). In service as Engine 1. Sale by Ira A. Ballou, Ahrens-Fox New England sales agent, East Providence, RI.

October 6, 1948: Tested at draft, 7’6” lift, in New Bedford, MA.
First Test, both sides of pump. 1007 gpm @ 120 psi. Engine 1270 rpm, pump 286.8 rpm.
Second Test, major side of pump. 508 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1062 rpm, pump 239.8 rpm.
Third Test, minor side of pump. 336 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1058 rpm, pump 238.9 rpm.

To Engine 2.

circa-1970: To Fire Dept. Training School, New Bedford, MA.

1976: Sold to Fire Chief Everett Booker of Acushnet, MA, for display in his New England Fire Truck Museum, Wareham, MA.

November 11, 1979: I photoed this rig at New England Fire Truck Museum, Route 6, Wareham, MA. 13,683.7 miles on odometer. Hood lettered Engine 1 but a “2” was painted over the “1”. Motor crankcase capacity 10 quarts of 40 HD motor oil, pump capacity 14 quarts of 40 Reg. motor oil. Motor valve clearances 0.010 for both intake & exhaust valves. Firing order 1-5-3-6-2-4. Oil pressure at top speed=26 pounds.

1986: Sold to Paul N. Romano, P.O. Box 205, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (617) 334-3573. For sale, $3500.

1986: Sold to Mel Clark, North Hampton, NH.

1987: Sold to Mike Adams, 11835 Bueche Rd., Burt, MI 48417, phone (517) 770-4780.

1989: Owner is Mike Adams, 11835 Bueche Rd., Burt, MI 48417, phone (517) 770-4780.

June 15, 1990: At SPAAMFAA NATional muster, Lynnfield, MA, Ira A. Ballou Jr., former Ahrens-fox New England sales agent, drove up from his retirement home in Florida to the muster. He told me the story behind his selling #3462 and #3475 to New Bedford. For details, see #3462.

1991: Owner is W. Kenneth Menke, Jr., 415 Park Ave., Glendale, MO 63122, phone (314) 822-2029 or 822-7872.

Registered Number 3476

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 150-gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #347881, 53/4” x 6”, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm, 6.4 to 1 compression ratio. 12-volt electric system, positive ground, dual ignition, Auto-Lite MR-4108 starter, GEH-5001-P2 generator, IGC-4054 distributor, & CM-6001 coil. American Bosch MJA-6C-106 magneto. Willard DRG-15-6E 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours), 18-mm Champion #8 commercial spark plugs. Two 13/4” Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors, 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, with AC 1522208 mechanical fuel pump. Spicer-BL 7840 transmission #T-418046. 14” Spicer 2-plate clutch. Timken axles, 26050-H front #C987618, Q-100-DPH rear #C-524506. Lockheed 171/4” x 3” brakes, 13/4” Wagner FF-2980 master cylinder, B-K 374229 hydrovac. 11.25” Budd 32742-S 10-stud wheels, Firestone 10.00 x 20 tires, single front, dual rear. Mather 3” semi-elliptic springs, 42” front, 50” rear. Ross TA-71 steering #TA72083EJ, 22” steering wheel. Trico vacuum windshield wipers on inside & outside of windshield.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 14-62 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Rated capacity 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @200, 500 @250. Ross relief valve. 66” wide hose body, capacity 1200’ of 21/2” & 900’ of 11/2” hose, partition 191/2” from left, 8” triple boot/coat rails both sides, battery charging plug at rear. 150’ of 1” booster hose on reel in rear platform. Two 6” x 10’ hard suctions. 4” x 10’ soft-suction in basket on front of frame (in front of pump).
Dietz lights: 6229-P headlights, 6009-P searchlight on right cowl, 709 rear hose pick-up lights. Guide lights: 528-F cowl flashers, 492-V tail lights. Federal C-6 Traffic King siren with Propello-Ray light, on top of pump vacuum chamber. Duo-Safety solid-side wood ladders on left: 2-section 22’ extension, 14’ roof. 10’ plaster pole on left under ladders. 11/8” crow bar, pick-point fire axe, 2 Seotoo soda-acid extinguishers, 2 Carpenter J-24 electric hand lamps, bell under hood.

September 19, 1947: Ordered by Perseverance Fire Co., Lebanon, PA.

October 28, 1948: Tested at factory from 7’ lift by George Weiss, reported by Carl Doering. Fair weather, temperature 60o.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 56 and 58 pitot. 1007 gpm @ 150 psi. Engine 1276 rpm, pump 288.1 Slip 2.1%.
Second Test, 1 hour, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 11/4” nozzle, 58 pitot. 702 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1500 rpm, pump 338.7 Slip 3.2%.
Third Test, 1 hour, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1658 rpm, pump 374.4 Slip 5.1%.

November 19, 1948: Shipped via Pennsylvania RR in Grand Trunk Western end-loaded box car #585321, to Lebanon, PA. Invoice #8809, price $18,518, minus $1500 down-payment received, plus $51.75 for extra hosebed partition ordered. Total due $17,069.75.

November 30, 1948: Delivered to Perseverance Fire Co., Lebanon, PA. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Price $18,518.

February 26, 1949: Griesser received payment in full from Lebanon, PA.

July, 1972: Sold to E. Benjamin Shimp, Vintage Fire Co., 109-113Chestnut St., Salem, NJ 08079, (609) 935-4200. He restored it and, when done, gave it a 12-hour Underwriters test from draft at Salem, NJ.

1973: Pumped at antique fire engine muster, Baltimore, MD.

May, 1984: Sold for $35,000 to Jeff DuPilka, Allendale, MI.

1989: Owner is Jeffrey J. DuPilka, 7338 Osborn St., Allendale, MI 49401.

Registered Number 3477

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with200-gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #347415, 53/4” x 6”, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm. Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto. Willard 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, with mechanical fuel pump. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 14-62 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Rated capacity 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250. Chrome-plated suction chamber, 6” suction inlets. Soft suction basket in front of pump. Ross relief valve.
Rear booster reel. Two foam fire extinguishers. 22’ extension ladder, 13’ roof ladder, two fire axes.

September 22, 1947: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Borough of East Rutherford, NJ, for one Ahrens-Fox Model H-T, 1000 G.P.M. twin-triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus with standard open seat. Price $18,000, payment in full upon delivery and acceptance of apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. East Rutherford, NJ. Shipment from factory within 225 working days after receipt of contract.

October 3, 1947: Ordered by East Rutherford, NJ. Contract signed by Mayor John W. Petrie and Borough Clerk William E. Enke for East Rutherford, and Frank Griesser for Ahrens-Fox.
Also at same time, ordered a $27,400 two-axle Ahrens-Fox junior aerial from Frank Griesser, but Ahrens-Fox refused the order because it would be too expensive to build.

May 25, 1948: Letter from Frank X. Griesser to Borough of East Rutherford, NJ, itemizing costs of extra equipment ordered, totaling $419.35. Approved June 17, 1948, by Mayor William M. Keown, and Borough Clerk Enke. Letter from Tom Taggart of Ahrens-Fox to Frank Griesser on March 30, 1948, authorized him to add up to 15% commission on the factory price of these extra features.

October 13, 1948: Tested at factory from 7’6” lift by C. Joseph, reported by Carl Doering. Fair weather, temperature 56o.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle, 56 and 58 pitot. 1007 gpm @ 152 psi. Engine 1272 rpm, pump 285 rpm. Slip 1.2%.
Second Test, 1 hour, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose with 11/4” nozzle, 58 pitot. 702 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1504 rpm, pump 339.5 rpm. Slip 3.44%.
Third Test, 1 hour, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1664 rpm, pump 375.7 rpm. Slip 5.4%.

November 9, 1948: Tested from 5’ lift at Clifton, NJ, by L.S. Clark, Fire Insurance Rating Organization of NJ.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 100’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed to deluge set with 2” nozzle, one discharge gate throttled. 1008 gpm @ 154 psi. Engine 1270 rpm, pump 287 rpm. Displacement 3.512 gpr, slip 1.2%.
Second Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose with 13/4” nozzle, discharge gate throttled. 704 gpm @ 206 psi. Engine 1492 rpm, pump 337 rpm. Displacement 2.09 gpr, slip 2.4%.
Third Test, 1 hour, minor side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose with 13/8” nozzle, discharge gate throttled. 504 gpm @ 256 psi. Engine 1074 rpm, pump 242 rpm. Displacement 2.08 gpr, slip 2.9%.

November 15, 1948: Delivered to East Rutherford, NJ. Price $18,000. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. In service as Engine 3. Delivery photo #3053.

November 30, 1948: Griesser received payment in full from East Rutherford, NJ.

1970: To Reserve at Engine 2, East Rutherford, NJ 07073.

1971: To city garage, East Rutherford.

1973: Repowered with Hercules HXD motor #346286, underpowered, and lacked the crankshaft extension to run pump.

June, 1974: John Orner (who later bought 1939 BJQ-70 #2068) and I saw this rig at East Rutherford city garage. When Orner saw it a few months ago, it was still in good shape, but they stripped off all equipment and put on bald tires, even tried to unscrew bolted-on air chamber with a chain, as if it were a light bulb.

July 1, 1974: Offered at public auction at East Rutherford Fire Dept., Grove St., East Rutherford, NJ, not sold. Bids to be submitted to Natalie DeFalco, borough clerk of East Rutherford, all bids to be accompanied by 10% deposit. Only John Orner attended, and he did not bid because its condition had deteriorated so much from what he had originally inspected and offered to buy.

1975: Sold to Peerless Engine Co. #2, c/o Jim Offerman, 624 Elm St., Maywood, NJ 07667, as parts rig for #3446. Motor removed & some parts used, also some parts removed.

March, 1976: Sold to John Barr, Staten Island, NY, as parts rig for #3479. Had no motor. Barr removed some other parts.

May 5, 1979: Sold to Ed Proli, 257 Schrollenburg Rd., Closter, NJ.

April 20, 1980: I photoed remains of this rig in Proli’s yard, parked beside Proli’s 1948 HT #3479 and my 1953 EC #9160.

1980: Sold to Bob Linke, 569 Portzer Rd., Quakertown, PA.

1980: Sold to Dave Napier, Bloomington, MN.

1987: Owner is David Napier, 2009 East 88th St., Bloomington, MN 55420, phone (612) 854-4479.

1989: Owner is David Napier, 158 Lemon Road, Farmingdale, NJ 07727.

2002: For sale by Bob Sullivan, Haverstraw, NY, including all parts needed to restore it.

Registered Number 3478

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with150-gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width, weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear axle). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. 6-cylinder Hercules HXE motor #348087, 53/4” x 6”, 238 brake horsepower @ 2100 rpm, compression ratio 6.4 to 1. Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, Willard 12-volt (140 ampere hour) battery, American Bosch magneto. Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 GPR), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 GPR), two 6” suction inlets with blinder caps, four discharge gates with John H. Clay snap coupling adapters (with caps and chains), Ross relief valve. Engine to pump gear ratio, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). 22’ extension ladder, 13’ roof ladder. Two foam fire extinguishers. Goodyear tires. No hosebed partition. Adapters: 6” to 41/2” double female, 6” to 3” hydrant connection. Top speed 62 m.p.h. 50-gallon gas tank under seat. Gear ratios: overdrive 0.77 to 1, high 1.00 to 1, third 2.06 to 1, second 3.72 to 1, reverse 4.84 to 1. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.

November 25, 1947: Contract from Frank X. Griesser, $1,00 down payment, $17,000 upon delivery. Signed by Theodore J. Nickles, president, and John Schumacher, secretary, Abington Fire Co., Abington, Pa.

December 17, 1947: Contract accepted by R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corporation.

January 18, 1949: Tested in rain at factory, Norwood, OH, by Joseph Fearing, reported by Carl F. Doering. Temperature 69o.
First Test, 2 hours, 9’ lift, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, each with 11/2” nozzle, 1016 gpm @ 150 psi (capacity), 58 pitot. 1288 rpm engine, 289 rpm pump, 1.6% slip.
Second Test, 1 hour, 8’ lift, major side of pump only. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, each with 11/4” nozzle, 702 gpm @ 200 psi (70% capacity), 58 pitot. 1504 rpm motor, 340.3 rpm pump, 3.,7% slip.
Third Test, 1 hour, 6’ lift, minor side of pump. One 50’ line of 21/2” hose with 11/2” nozzle, 508 gpm @ 250 psi (50% capacity), 58 pitot. 1656 rpm engine, 373.9 rpm pump, 3.14% slip.

February 8, 1949: Underwriters specifications sheet by R.N. Smith, vice

February 11, 1949: Shipped from Ahrens-Fox factory via Pennsylvania Railroad aboard 40’ end-loaded L&N box car #46914 to 12th St. Auto Platform, North Philadelphia, PA. Shipper’s number S-65521. Apparatus weight 16,260 pounds, plus 300-pound box of parts and 500 pounds blocking, total shipping weight 17,060 pounds. Upon arrival at North Philadelphia, notify Mr. Frank X. Griesser, 416 Palisades Ave.,m Bogota, NJ, phone Hackensack 2-10495. Also notify Mr. John Schumacher, Secretary, Abington Fire Dept., Abington, Pa.

February 19, 1949: Delivered to Abington Fire Co., Abington, PA. Price $18,000. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

February 19, 1949: Tested by M.P. Casey from draft at Willow Grove Park Lake, 6’ lift.
First Test, 2 hours, two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed to deluge gun, 2” nozzle, throttled. 1015 gpm @ 155 psi. 1270 engine rpm, 287 pump rpm. 3.5366 gallons per revolution, 0.992% slip.
Second Test, 30 minutes, two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose siamesed to deluge gun, 15/8” nozzle, throttled. 704 gpm @ 205 psi. 1532 engine rpm, 346 pump rpm. 2.0347 gallons per revolution, 5% slip.
Third Test, 30 minutes, one 50’ line of 21/2” hose to deluge gun, 1-3/8” nozzle, throttled. 510 gpm @ 257 psi. 1104 engine rpm, 249 pump rpm. 2.0482 gallons per revolution, 4.366% slip.

April 4, 1949: Griesser received payment in full from Abington, PA.

1975: Still owned by Abington Fire Co., 1920 Horace Ave., Abington, PA 19001. Caretaker Joe Conover, 1643 York Rd., Apt. 5B, Abington, PA 19001.

July 13, 1980: One of 3 Ahrens-Foxes at Union Historical Fire Society muster, Flourtown, PA.

September 28, 1980: One of 7Ahrens-Foxes at Union Historical Fire Society muster, Philadelphia, PA. Best Appearing Fire Dept. Owned 1933-1955.

1984: Out of service. Still owned by Abington Fire Co., 1920 Horace Ave., Abington, PA 19001.

Registered Number 3479

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 150-gallon booster tank. 202” wheelbase. 10” channel pressed-steel frame, 1/4” thick, 21/2” x 3” flanges. Leaf springs 3” x 42” front, 3” x 50” rear. 10.00 x 20 tires, single front, dual rear.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #347927, 53/4” x 6” L-head, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm (79.35 hp NACC formula), 12” connecting rods, 21/8” intake & 2” exhaust valves; 4-ring pistons, 11/2” diameter pins, two 111/16” bearings, eight 23/8” cam-shaft bearings, 7-bearing 31/2” crankshaft. Two carburetors, 45-gallon fuel tank. 12-volt electric system, dual ignition (battery and high-tension magneto). Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.04 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1. Spicer (Toledo, OH) 14” 2-plate clutch. Brown-Lipe 7840 transmission. Timken (Detroit, MI) axles, 26050-H front, Q-100-DPH hypoid-gear full-floating rear. Ross (Lafayette, IN) TA-71 steering, 856 square inch braking surface, 16” disk parking brake.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr), four 21/2” discharge gates. Rated 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250.
22’ extension ladder, 13’ roof ladder. 4” x 10’ soft suction hose in basket in front of pump, two 6” x 10” hard suctions. 12” bell, free-rolling electric siren with flashing red light, two electric lanterns. Hosebed capacity 1200’ of 21/2” hose, 300’ of 11/2” hose. 10’ pike pole, 3’ crow bar, 6-pound pick-back fire axe. Two 21/2 gallon extinguishers, one soda-and-acid, the other foam type. 150’ of 1” booster hose on rear reel. Hood lettered ENGINE CO. NO. 4 (top line) HOBOKEN, N.J. (bottom line. Seat lettered NO. 4.

February 3, 1948: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, Representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Mayor & Council of the City of Hoboken, NJ, for one Ahrens-Fox Model H-T, 1000 G.P.M., twin triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus with standard open seat. Price $21,255, payment in full upon delivery & acceptance of apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Hoboken, NJ. Shipment from factory within 225 working days after receipt of contract.

February 17, 1948: Ordered by Hoboken, NJ. Contract signed by Mayor J.M. DeSapio and City Clerk Arthur C. Malone for Hoboken, and Frank Griesser, Bogota, NJ, for Ahrens-Fox.

March 9, 1948: Contract accepted by R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp.

November 5, 1948: Tested at factory from 7’ lift by N.Z. Hamblin, reported by Carl F. Doering. Weather raining, temperature 63o.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 56 and 58 pitot. 1007 gpm @ 150 psi. Engine 1274 rpm. Displacement 2.876 gpr, slip 1.94%.
Second Test, 1 hour, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 11/4” nozzle, 58 pitot. 702 gpm @ 200 psi. Engine 1496 rpm. Displacement 3.408 gpr, slip 3.08%.
Third Test, 1 hour, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 58 pitot. 508 gpm @ 250 psi. Engine 1610 rpm. Displacement 3.635 gpr, slip 2.3%. Lift only 6’6”.

December 14, 1948: Delivered to Hoboken, NJ. Price $21,225. In service as Engine 4.

March 10, 1949: Griesser received payment in full from Hoboken, NJ.

April 16, 1971: My father and I photoed this rig, stored at Truck 3, Hoboken.

August, 1972: Sold to Jim Murray, 351 Pacific Ave., Richmond, Staten Island, NY 10312.

December, 1972: Sold to John Barr, Staten Island, NY.

1975: Co-owner with John Barr for past 2 years is still James A. Murray, 715 Craig Ave., Staten Island, NY 10307. Pete Balducci is third co-owner.

June 28, 1975: One of 15 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

September 13, 1975: One of 11Ahrens-Foxes at Engine 260 muster, Eisenhower Park, Milford, CT.

September 20, 1975: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in centennial parade at Westfield, NJ.

October 4, 1975: One of 17Ahrens-Foxes leading Fire Prevention Week parade at Morristown, NJ.

June 6, 1976: One of 4 Ahrens-Foxes at parade, Newark, NJ.

May 5, 1979: Sold to Ed Proli, 257 Schrollenburg Rd., Closter, NJ.

April 20, 1980: I photoed this rig in Proli’s yard, parked beside Proli’s 1948 HT #3477 and my own 1953 EC #9160.

1980: Sold to Bob Linke, 569 Portzer Rd., Quakertown, PA.

1980: Sold to Dave Napier, Bloomington, MN.

1987: Owner is David Napier, 2009 East 88th St., Bloomington, MN 55420, phone (612) 854-4479.

1989: Owner is David Napier, 158 Lemon Road, Farmingdale, NJ 07727.

Registered Number 3480

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 150-gallon booster tank. Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #348524, 53/4” x 6”. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.04 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1. Spicer (Toledo, OH) 14” two-plate clutch. Brown-Lipe 7840 transmission. Timken (Detroit, MI) axles, 26050-H front, Q-100-DPH rear. Ross (Lafayette, IN) TA-71 steering. 150’ of 1” booster hose.

April 14, 1948: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, Representative, and R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Board of Fire Commissioners, Greenville Fire District, Scarsdale, NY, for one Ahrens-Fox model H-T, 1000 GPM, twin-triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus with standard open seat. Delivery f.o.b. Scarsdale, NY. Shipment from factory within 225 working days after receipt of contract. Price $23,026.86 cash upon delivery & acceptance of apparatus.

April 20, 1948: Ordered by Greenville Fire Co. #1, Scarsdale, NY. Contract signed by Harry G. Huberth, Chairman, and Fire Commissioners Edward J. Lewis, Patrick J. Keating Jr., George E. Hall Jr., and Secretary John L. Davidson, and by Frank Griesser for Ahrens-Fox.

April 29, 1948: Contract accepted by R.N. Smith, vice president, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp.

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August 22, 1949: Into paint shop.

Sept. 6, 1949: Painting completed.

Sept. 9, 1949: Shipped from factory.

October 4, 1949: Delivered to Greenville Fire Co. #1, Scarsdale, NY. Price $23,026.86. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

November 15, 1949: Griesser received payment in full from Greenville Fire Co., Scarsdale, NY.

October, 1970: One of 4 Ahrens-Foxes at first-ever Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY. Still in service, and still in original factory paint and gold-leaf, with most of its original equipment:
front view, Bill Hass photo
left side, Bill Hass photo
left-rear, Bill Hass photo
left side, Joe Klein photo
left-rear, Bill Hass photo

June 26, 1971: One of 13 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY. Owner Greenville Fire Co. #1, 711 Central Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583. Caretaker is Lieutenant Walter Groden.

June 24, 1972: One of 14 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

June 23, 1973: One of 18 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

September 23, 1973: My father & I saw this rig at Greenville Fire Co. #1, 711 Central Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583. Still in service.

October, 1979: Hemmings Motor News—HXE Hercules motor wanted, for 1949 Ahrens-Fox Model HT, George Barson, (N.Y. State), 914-723-3430.

June 28, 1980: One of 22 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY. Won Fastest Water Piston Pumper 1000 GPM OR More (7.2 seconds).

1987: Owner is Greenville Fire Co. #1, c/o J. Sikora, 10 Paradise Drive, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

1989: Owner is Greenville Fire Co. #1, c/o Dom Caratozzola, 41 Sprain Valley Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Registered Number 3481

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 150-gallon booster tank and two-door, fully-enclosed cab. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 16,700 pounds (9,250 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #348523, 53/4” x 6”, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm. Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto. Willard 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, with mechanical fuel pump. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Rated capacity 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250. Rear reel with 200’ of booster hose.

April 21, 1948: Ordered by Freeport, NY.

August 25, 1949: Into paint shop.

Sept. 8, 1949: Painting completed.

Sept. 13, 1949: Shipped from factory.

September 30, 1949: Shipped by S. Morrow of Ahrens-Fox via Pennsylvania RR to Akron, OH, then Erie Railway to Passaic, NJ, in end-loaded box car #81902. Weight 17,000 pounds, plus 500 pound box of parts and 500 pounds of blocking (total shipping weight 18,000 pounds). Shipper’s number 66013. Upon arrival, notify Frank X. Griesser, 416 Palisade Ave., Bogota, NJ, phone: Hackensack 2-10495. Griesser picked it up at Passaic, NJ, and drove it to Freeport, NY.

October 11, 1949: Tested from 9’ lift at dock, Freeport, NY, by Frank Griesser, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp. Clear weather, temperature 80o. Test started at 1:10 p.m.
First Test, 2 hours (1:10 to 3:20 pm), both sides of pump. Two 100’ lines of 21/2” hose, 2” nozzle, 73 pitot. 1016 gpm @ 152 psi. Motor 1275 rpm.
Second Test, 30 minutes (3:25 to 3:55 pm), major side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose, 13/4” nozzle, 63 pitot. 722 gpm @ 203 psi. Motor 1540 rpm.
Third Test, 30 minutes (3:55 to 4:25 pm), minor side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose, 13/8” nozzle, 82 pitot. 507 gpm @ 252 psi. Motor 1080 rpm.

October 11, 1949: Delivered to Freeport, NY. In service as Hose 4. Price $23,000, plus $2707.83 trade-in of 1929 N-S-4 #3376 (which Griesser sold for $2,000 to Elkton, MD) and another old fire engine (which Griesser sold for $1,000 to New Haven, NY).Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

November 2, 1949: Griesser received payment in full from Freeport, NY.

1952: Wrecked. Returned to Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati for installation of new 1250-gpm Model BT pump.

1963: Returned to Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati for rebuilding by Curt Nepper.

1971: Wrecked in head-on collision.

Sept. 1971: Silver Sphere newsletter—For Sale: 1949 Ahrens-Fox model HT, Reg. No. 3481, with enclosed cab. Rig is in outstanding condition, but pump is in need of repair due to recent auto accident. Hose Co. No. 4, Freeport Fire Dept., Freeport, L.I., N.Y.

1971: Last driver of this Fox at Freeport, before its retirement, was a young firefighter named Jerry Libby, who coincidentally was also the last driver of FC #9151 before its 1974 retirement from Valley Stream, NY.

1971: Sold, without tires, to A.J. Quirk, Sylvan & Cedar Place, P.O. Box 26, Rye, NY 10580. Installed tires and towed home. Quirk welded cracked pump crankcase.

June 24, 1972: One of 14 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

September 16, 1972: At Milford, CT, muster.

Oct. 1, 1972: At White Plains, NY, parade.

Winter, 1972: Removed “F” and part of second “E” from “Freeport” on cab doors, so it read “RE-PORT Fire Dept., Hose Co. 4”. A.J. Quirk’s father, Francis J. “Bunny” Quirk, said this was because it could re-port water better than any modern pumper.

June 2, 1973: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes at Center Moriches, NY, muster.

June 23, 1973: One of 18 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

August, 1973: Cab door re-lettered Quirk Fire Dept., Hose Co. 4, Limerick, Rye, N.Y.

October 20, 1973: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) centennial convention parade, Baltimore, MD.

June 28, 1975: One of 15 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

September 13, 1975: One of 11Ahrens-Foxes at Engine 260 muster, Eisenhower Park, Milford, CT.

1987: Quirk moved to Orleans, MA, took this rig with him.

Registered Number 3482

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank and two-door semi cab. Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #348520, 53/4” x 6”. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major.

August 10, 1949: Into paint shop.

August 24, 1949: Painting completed.

August 30, 1949: Shipped from factory.

August 31, 1949: Shipped to Turtle Creek, PA. In service as Engine 1. Painted turtle green.

Repainted lime yellow. Still in service at Turtle Creek Fire Dept., 123 Grant St., Turtle Creek, PA 15145.

Paul Rupic photo, at Pittsburgh muster.

Registered Number 3483

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 150’ booster tank and two-door semi cab, door on each side with 3/4 type shatter-proof glass on top of each door. Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #348601, 53/4” x 6”. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major. Double boot & coat rails, each side of hosebed. Duo-Safety solid-side wood ladders on left: 19’ 2-section extension, 11’ roof. 10’ plaster pole on left under ladders. 11/8” crow bar, pick-point fire axe. Rear reel of booster hose.

February 10, 1949: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Board of Trustees of the Village of Nyack, NY, for one Ahrens-Fox model H-T, 1000 GPM, twin-triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Nyack, NY. Shipment from factory within 225 working days after receipt of contract.

May 20, 1949: Ordered by Highland Hose Co. #5, Nyack, NY.

December 9, 1949: Shipped in 40’ end-loaded box car via Penn RR to Akron, OH, then Erie RR to Passaic, NJ. Weight 16,420 pounds, plus 500 pound box of parts and 500 pound blocking (total shipping weight 17,420 pounds). Shipper’s #66874. Upon arrival, notify Frank X. Griesser, 416 Palisade Ave., Bogota, NJ, phone Hackensack 2-10495.

December 9, 1949: Invoice #9747 for this rig to Village of Nyack, NY, for $23,775 plus trade-in of old Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 #1604 (which Griesser sold to Clifton, NJ).

January 3, 1950: Delivered to Highland Hose Co. #5, Nyack, NY. Price $23,775 plus trade-in of 1924 N-S-4 #1604 (was to be $24,750). Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

January 21, 1950: Griesser received payment in full from Highland Hose Co., Nyack, NY.

November, 1967: Repowered with new 318-horsepower GM 8V71 Detroit Diesel motor, installed by Bruce GM Diesel. Increased top speed to 70 MPH.

October 4, 1975: One of 17Ahrens-Foxes leading Fire Prevention Week parade at Morristown, NJ.

June 28, 1980: One of 22 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY. Still in service.

1983: Owner is Highland Hose Co. #5, c/o Russell Williams, 236 South Blvd., South Nyack, NY 10960.

June 24, 1989: One of 7 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Croton, NY.

Registered Number 3484

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank and fully-enclosed, two-door cab. Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #348605, 53/4” x 6”. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major.

Sept. 12, 1949: Into paint shop.

Sept. 26, 1949: Painting completed.

Sept. 29, 1949: Shipped from factory.

October 26, 1949: Delivered to Norwood, OH.

March, 1950: In service at Norwood, OH.

1966: To Spare.

1967: Motor rebuilt by Curt Nepper at Ahrens-Fox factory. In semi-active service 1967-1972.

July, 1970: My father photoed this rig at Norwood firehouse.

1973: Pump overhauled by Curt Nepper, Ahrens-Fox Co.

1973: Loaned to U.S. Air Force Fire Training School, Clinton County Air Force Base, Wilmington, OH.

1980: Returned to Norwood Fire Dept.

1981: Donated to Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, phone (513) 621-5553. Stored awaiting restoration, no funds available for this.

August 9, 1986: One of 7Ahrens-Foxes at Morrow, OH, muster. Partially restored, on display to raise funds to complete restoration.

Registered Number 3485

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank and two-door semi cab. Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #348766, 53/4” x 6”. Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61. Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor, 41/4” x 6” major.

July 31, 1950: Shipped to Jefferson, PA. Price $23,448.

1989: Still in service at Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co., Jefferson, PA 15344.

October, 1994: Jefferson still owns, no longer in service.

Registered Number 3486

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 150-gallon booster tank and two-door semi cab. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 10.00 x 20 balloon tires. Top speed 59 m.p.h. in overdrive. Transmission gear ratios 0.77 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 2.06 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.84 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #349232, 53/4” x 6”, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm. Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto. Willard 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, with mechanical fuel pump. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Rated capacity 1000 gpm @ 150 psi, 700 @ 200, 500 @ 250. Rear reel with 200’ of 1” booster hose.

April 23, 1950: Ordered by Baldwin, NY. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

March 10, 1951: Tested from 7’ lift at factory by C. Joseph and Carl F. Doering. Fair weather, temperature 28o. Engine oil pressure 32 pounds, pump oil pressure 7 pounds. Booster tank tested at 150# without reel. Relief valve tested @ 100-150-200-250#. Safety valve set at 300#.
First Test, both sides of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle, 56 pitot. Discharge 1007 gpm @ 151 psi, displacement 1020.9 gpm, slip 1.3%. Engine 1266 rpm, pump 285 rpm.
Second Test, major side of pump. Two 50’ lines of 21/2” hose, 11/4” nozzle, 58 pitot. Discharge 702 gpm @ 200 psi, displacement 714.7 gpm, slip 1.7%. Engine 1478 rpm, pump 333.7 rpm.
Third Test, minor side of pump. 50’ line of 21/2” hose, 11/2” nozzle. Discharge 517 gpm @ 253 psi, displacement 528.9 gpm, slip 2.25%. Engine 1638 rpm, pump 369.8 rpm.

April 19, 1951: Shipped in 40’ C&O end-loaded box car #9959 via Pennsylvania Railroad to Akron, OH, then Erie RR to Passaic, NJ. Upon arrival at Passaic, notify Frank X. Griesser, 416 Palisade Ave., Bogota, NJ, phone Hubbard 7-6824. Weight 16,800 pounds, plus 500 pound box of parts and 500 pound blocking (total shipping weight 17,800 pounds).

April 19, 1951: Invoice from Ahrens-Fox Division of Cleveland Automatic Machine Co., 4932 Beech St. (Norwood), Cincinnati 12, Ohio, to Board of Fire Commissioners, Baldwin, NY, for $24,204.53 ($23,999.33 contract price, plus Leece-Neville alternator for $205.20 authorized in Baldwin’s letter of August 16, 1950).

May 2, 1951: Delivered to Baldwin, NY. In service as Hose 1.

May 2, 1951: Tested from 11’ lift at Baldwin Boat Dock, Baldwin, NY, by Frank Griesser of Ahrens-Fox. Clear weather, temperature 62o. Test started at 10:10 a.m.
First Test, 2 hours, both sides of pump. Two 100’ lines of 21/2” hose, 2” nozzle, 72 pitot, discharge gates open. Discharge 1015 gpm @ 157 psi. Engine 1280 rpm.
Second Test, 30 minutes, major side of pump. Two 100’ lines of 21/2” hose, 13/4” nozzle, 60 pitot, discharge gates throttled. Discharge 704 gpm @ 202 psi. Engine 1498 rpm.
Third Test, 30 minutes, minor side of pump. 100’ line of 21/2” hose, 13/8” nozzle, 82 pitot, discharge gate throttled. Discharge 507 gpm @ 255 psi. Engine 1050 rpm.

May 18, 1951: Griesser received payment in full from Baldwin, NY.

1965: Responding down-hill to flaming oil tanker, driver discovered #3486 brakes were not working, and plowed into the burning tanker. Dominick Famularo of Baldwin Fire Dept. called the Cincinnati police, explained that they had a wrecked fire truck made by Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati, and wondered if they knew of anyone who could rebuild it for them. Cincinnati Police could not offer any help, but did find Ahrens-Fox Co. still listed in phone book. Famularo called that number, and Curt Nepper agreed to rebuild it. So #3486 returned to Ahrens-Fox in Cincinnati for rebuilding.

March, 1967: Curt Nepper drove the rebuilt #3486 from Cincinnati back to Baldwin, averaging 27 miles per hour, and catching a near-fatal case of pneumonia from driving an open-cab fire engine over 600 miles in the bitter-cold winter. Arriving in Baldwin, Nepper and Famularo found a big fire raging. Much to their surprise, when Baldwin firefighters responded, they found their Ahrens-Fox, which had been away for 3 years, hard at work extinguishing the blaze. When Curt returned to the Ahrens-Fox shop, his landlord, Schoenling Brewery, had taken over much of his space and shoved many of the old Ahrens-Fox parts into a very tight space.

1971: To reserve.

1973: Out of service, but kept in the Baldwin fire station at 2386 Grand Ave., Baldwin, NY 11510.

June 2, 1973: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes at Center Moriches, NY, muster.

June 23, 1973: One of 18 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

September 13, 1975: One of 11Ahrens-Foxes at Engine 260 muster, Eisenhower Park, Milford, CT.

August 26, 1978: One of 13 Ahrens-Foxes leading parade at Hempstead, NY. Long-time caretaker of this rig is Captain Brendan Earl, 1039 Van Buren, Baldwin Harbor, NY 11510.

June 28, 1980: One of 22 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

August 24, 1980: One of 9 Ahrens-Foxes leading parade at Baldwin, NY.

September 6, 1980: One of 8Ahrens-Foxes at Milford, CT, muster. Fastest Piston Pumper in Multiple Alarm demonstration.

June 25, 1988: One of 4 Ahrens-Foxes at Croton, NY, muster.

June 24, 1989: One of 7 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Croton, NY.

October, 1990: Herb Barber, Franklin Square, NY (1937 YC #9028) told me that #3486 is back in first-line service, and he recently saw it fighting a car fire in Baldwin.

November 11, 1994: Herb Barber told me that this rig is still running, they plan to completely restore it for an upcoming anniversary celebration.

Registered Number 3487

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with 350-gallon L-shaped booster tank (in front of & under hosebed) and two-door semi cab (door on each side with 3/4 type shatterproof glass on top, chromed metal trim), gold-leaf maltese cross emblem on each cab door. 202” wheelbase. 10” channel pressed-steel frame, 1/4” thick. Box-type rear fenders with lighted compartment at rear of each rear fender, door handles flush with compartment doors, diamondette steel plate atop rear fenders, shelf in center of left rear compartment. Two rear tow hooks. 10.00 x 20 Goodrich tires, chrome-plated hub caps. Semi-elliptic springs, 3” x 42” front, 3” x 50” rear. 16” disk parking brake.
Hercules6-cylinder HXE motor #349834, 53/4” x 6”, 925 cubic inch, 79.35 SAE horsepower, 238 brake hp @ 2100 rpm, 700 ft./pounds torque, compression ratio 5.46 to 1. Two carburetors, 45-gallon fuel tank. Lipe-Rollway (Syracuse, NY) 17-TC 17” single-plate clutch. Fuller (Kalamazoo, MI) 4-A-860 transmission. Timken (Detroit, MI) axles, FE-900 front, Q-100-DPH rear. Ross (Lafayette, IN) TA-71 steering. Transmission gear ratios 0.76 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 1.86 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.12 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 14-62 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Four 21/2” discharge gates. Rated 100 gpm @ 150 psi.
Two sealed-beam headlights. Two flashing red cowl lights. Two Fresnal flashing red lights at rear. Two flush-mounted tail lights. Two rear hose pickup lights. Buckeye 936 exhaust whistle. Federal C-6-A coaster siren with Propello-Ray flashing red light. Two inner-control spotlights. Universal swing light under hood. 12” locomotive bell on side of apparatus.
30-gallon liquid foam tank, stainless steel. Rockwood Dual-B foam proportioner. Rear reel with 250’ of 3/4” booster hose, Barr-Way high--pressure couplings and Akron 1200, 1” Akr-O-Mist fog-straight stream nozzle. 4” x 10’ soft suction hose in basket at front of pump, two 6” x 10’ hard suction hoses. 22’ extension ladder, 13’ roof ladder, 10’ pike pole, 3’ crow bar, 6-pound pick-back fire axe.
Hosebed capacity 100’ of 21/2” hose in center, 250’ of 11/2” hose each in left and right hosebed partitions. One Indian tank at each front corner of hosebed. Compartment for 4 brooms each under left and right hosebed partitions. Two step plates at rear of hosebed. Seamless chrome hand rail across rear of hosebed. Cadmium-plated diamondette steel tread plate at rear of hosebed, hose reel panel, top of booster tank, and sides of 11/2” hose partitions, to protect paint against scratches from couplings. Triple boot & coat rails on each side of hosebed.
Hood lettered OCEANSIDE, N.Y. Maltese cross with number 3 in center on each cab door.

August 5, 1950: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, and Harold R. LeBlond, president, Ahrens-Fox Division, Cleveland Automatic Machine Co., for one Ahrens-Fox model H-T, 1000 GPM, twin-triple piston type, triple combination pumper, hose car, and booster apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Oceanside, NY. Shipment from factory within 150 working days after receipt of contract. Proposal subject to withdrawal unless accepted on or before December 7, 1950.

December 5, 1950: Ordered by Oceanside, NY. Contract signed by Otis Langston, Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners, and by Frank X. Griesser for Ahrens-Fox.

December 8, 1950: Contract accepted by Harold R. LeBlond, president, Ahrens-Fox Division, Cleveland Automatic Machine Co.

February 5, 1952: Delivered to Terrace Hose Co. #3, Oceanside, NY. Price $25,129.29. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

April 20, 1952: Griesser received payment in full from Terrace Hose Co., Oceanside, NY.

Early color photo in service

Color photo in service

Sept. 1971: Silver Sphere newsletter—For Sale: 1951 Ahrens-Fox model HT, Reg. No. 3487. Rig must go, and we want it in appreciative hands. In excellent condition. Terrace Hose Co. No. 3, Oceanside Fire Dept., Oceanside, L.I., N.Y.

August 25, 1974: Still in service at Terrace Hose Co. #3, 2543 Columbus Ave., Oceanside, NY 11572, phone (516) 766-9776. Second-due engine city-wide, automatically responds to all alarms in public buildings (hospitals, schools, etc.). Caretaker of this rig is Captain Charlie Fortin, (516) 764-5639. More info available from Firefighter Al Ewers, Madison Ave., Oceanside, NY 11572.

August 26, 1978: One of 13 Ahrens-Foxes leading parade at Hempstead, NY. New caretaker of #3487 is Bob Janocoski.

August 24, 1980: One of 9 Ahrens-Foxes leading parade at Baldwin, NY.

1983: Owner is Terrace Hose Co. #3, 2543 Columbus Ave., Oceanside, NY 11572.

September, 1988: Traded-in on new Hahn pumper to Hahn Motors, Hamburg, PA.

October, 1988: Sold to Melvin H. Clark, 8 Lafayette Rd., Box 184, North Hampton, NH 03862.

December, 1988: Sold to Raymond Bentley, Ledgewood, NJ.

November 11, 1994: Herb Barber (1937 YC #9028) told me that this rig still belongs to Raymond Bentley, who also owns 1926 J-S-44 #1258, ex-Sanford, ME.

Feb., 1997: Met Andy Edmonds of Vero Beach, FL, at the SPAAMFAA National muster in Kissimee, FL. He now owns this rig. Although most of his antique apparatus has been repainted black (the color scheme for all vehicles at his Fernwood estate), Andy said that he plans to keep it in the original 1952 red paint because it is more valuable that way.

December, 2002: Andrew Edmonds has repainted #3487 to black:
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close-up of pump
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Registered Number 3488

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. 202” wheelbase, 96” width. Weight 15,100 pounds (7950 pounds on rear wheels). 101/2” channel pressed-steel frame, 5/16” thick. Semi-elliptic springs, 3” x 42” front, 3” x 50” rear.16” disk parking brake, 2 shoe. 10.00 x 20 12-ply balloon tires.
Hercules 6-cylinder HXE motor #350532, 53/4” x 6” L-head, 238 bhp @ 2100 rpm (79.35 horsepower NACC formula). Dual ignition, Auto-Lite distributor, American Bosch magneto. Willard 12-volt battery (140 ampere hours). Two Zenith 29-W-14 downdraft carburetors. 50-gallon fuel tank under seat, with mechanical fuel pump. Compression ratio 6.4 to 1. Starting crank.
Lipe-Rollway (Syracuse, NY) 17-TC 17” single-plate clutch. Fuller (Kalamazoo, MI) 4-A-860 transmission. Timken (Detroit, MI) axles, FE-900 front, Q-100-DPH rear. Ross (Lafayette, IN) TA-71 steering. Transmission gear ratios 0.76 to 1 overdrive, 1.00 to 1 high, 1.86 to 1 third, 3.72 to 1 second, 4.12 to 1 reverse. Differential gear ratio 5.286 to 1.
Gear ratio, engine to pump, 15-61 (4.4286 to 1). Pump pistons 31/2” x 6” minor (1.4303 gpr), 41/4” x 6” major (2.1417 gpr). Rated capacity 1000 gpm. Four 21/2” discharge gates.
13’ roof ladder, 24’ extension ladder, fire axe, pike pole, fog nozzle. 250’ of 3/4” booster hose. Two 6” hard suction hoses.

January 22, 1951: Ordered by Village of Tarrytown, NY. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.

April 3, 1952: Shipped via Penn RR to Akron, OH, then Erie RR to Passaic, NJ, in end-loaded Penn RR #76200 box car.

April 3, 1952: Invoice for $24,430 from Ahrens-Fox Division, Cleveland Automatic Machine Co., 4932 Beech St. (Norwood), Cincinnati 12, Ohio, to Village of Tarrytown, NY.

April 20, 1952: Delivered to Hope Hose Co. #1, Tarrytown, NY.

July 21, 1952: Griesser received payment in full from Tarrytown, NY.

June 26, 1971: One of 13 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

June 24, 1972: One of 14 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

At Chevrolet factory fire in Tarrytown, paint was burned off, Chevrolet repainted #3488 in Chevrolet red, no charge.

June 23, 1973: One of 18 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

1975: Still in service. Caretaker is Thomas Sadlier, 19 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

June 28, 1975: One of 15 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

May 20, 1979: Out of service.

February 9, 1980: Sold for $10,000 to the Firefighters of Tarrytown, NY.

1983: Owner is Hope Hose Co. #1, c/o Fred W. Gross III, 117 Tappan Landing Rd., Box 71, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

June 28, 1986: One of 8 Ahrens-Foxes at Croton, NY, muster. Second place, Fastest Water Piston Pumper, 1000 GPM.

June 27, 1987: One of 5 Ahrens-Foxes at Croton, NY, muster.

June 24, 1989: One of 7 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Croton, NY.

No Registered Number

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Not built.

July 6, 1951: Ordered by Harrison, NJ, for Engine 4. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.Order cancelled by Ahrens-Fox, because the expense of building piston pumpers far exceeded the price for which they could be sold. Harrison ordered new Ward LaFrance Model 120-T pumper for $26,000 from Frank Griesser instead.

February 19, 1952: Frank Griesser delivered the Ward LaFrance to Harrison, NJ.

March 27, 1952: Ward LaFrance pumper in service at Harrison, NJ.

April 1, 1952: Payment in full by Harrison to Frank Griesser for the new Ward LaFrance pumper.

No Registered Number

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Not built.

May 13, 1953: Ordered by East Rutherford, NJ, for Engine 1. Price $26,188.Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.Order cancelled by Ahrens-Fox. Bought 1955 Ahrens-Fox FC #9177 from Frank Griesser instead.

No Registered Number

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Not built.

September, 1953: Ordered by Moonachie, NJ, for Engine 1.Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.Order cancelled by Ahrens-Fox. Bought 1953 GMC/Ahrens-Fox 75-650 #10007 demonstrator from Frank Griesser instead.

No Registered Number

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Not built.

March 3, 1954: Ordered by Fort Lee, NJ. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.Price $26,500. Order cancelled by Ahrens-Fox.

No Registered Number

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Not built.

1955: Ordered by Lynbrook, NY, for Engine 2. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ.Order cancelled by Ahrens-Fox. Bought 1955 Mack pumper instead.

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