Popular Post 1958 F.W.D. Posted November 26, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted November 26, 2020 (edited) As many of you know, I am on the committee at my Fire Dept to purchase a new ladder/pumper truck. This has been a 3.5+ year project. Just shy of a year ago we awarded the contract to HME/Ahrens-Fox in Wyoming, Michigan. Many of you old timers know HME as Hendrickson Motor Equipment, and of course anyone who knows anything about trucks knows the name Ahrens-Fox, which at one time was the Rolls Royce of fire trucks. HME purchased the name a few years back. Along with the name came the AF collection of trucks (I will post pics in a separate thread), all the paper archives and all the rights and legalities that come with the name. Thurs Nov 12 I flew out to Michigan and spent Thurs afternoon and Friday at the HME/AF plant to see how they do things and check on the progress of our truck. They were not as far along as I would have like to have seen (covid delays) but I did get to see the cab which had just been sent to the final prep area to get the welds ready for paint finish. I also saw the engine, transmission and some other components. Here are the basics of our truck: 111' aerial ladder, 2000gpm Waterous pump, 500 gallon water tank, Cummins X15 (600hp) w/ Jake, Allison EVS4000 WorldSeries 6-speed trans, Raydan air bag assist walking beam suspension, Meritor disc brakes all the way around. We should be flying out to do the final inspection the third week of February +/- depending on any further delays if any. I took about 400 pictures. Here they are. Just kidding, here are some of them. Here is our 500 gallon water tank. "23573" is our job number, anywhere you see that it is a component for our truck being staged. Our cab in the final prep area, where the rough welds will be made paint-finish ready. Then it gets shipped to the paint shop. Someone else's cab being set square in prep for tack welding. . This is a ladder truck chassis which is almost identical to ours. I studied this very carefully and took many pictures. The customer is Bennington, Vermont. The guys are assembling hydraulic hoses- the start cart is there so they can run the engine to do pressure testing of assembled hoses. Many of you know the Hendrickson name is synonymous with heavy trucks and heavy truck chassis components. This was on a gigantic print of many trucks in one of their administrative hallways. This was one of two trucks built for one purpose- to get some mine equipment from North Dakota way up into Alaska somewhere. That's it, one move, one time. Money was no object. After the move, they both sat at the mine site for years until the company called HME and said "Hey do you want these things?" HME sent an engineer up there and he cooked up a deal to buy them back. They were sent back to Michigan where they received a minor refurb and new paint. This is how the two trucks look now. They are overseas in a sandbox somewhere. Some other trucks on the big print in the admin hallway. Our Cummins X15. Set at 600hp. The truck will be governed at 62mph but it should get there pretty quick. "23573" Our Allison EVS4000 Trans (6 speed.) Our tires (Michelin) and the front and back of the tandems. I didn't want to unwrap the plastic to show one of the Meritor disc brakes. Someone's cab out of the paint shop, in staging waiting to go onto a chassis. Both of these are going west, the Poospreader is going to an Indian Reservation. A tandem axle chassis for a 3000 gallon tanker. A pretty nice KW Chassis 3000-Gallon tanker. HME will build bodies on pretty much anyone's chassis. They recently stopped selling their own chassis to other body builders. If you want an HME chassis, you get an HME body. The main assembly area in the plant. The Detroit-Green rigs are US Dept of Agriculture/Dept of Forestry Rigs- most are destined for California a little late. I saw this girl, she wanted me to help her adjust her bra or something but I was running behind, I had to get to Gladys Virginia before I was late. If you want to see more pics and are on bookface, there are tons more pictures there. Of the trip, not the girl. Edited November 26, 2020 by 1958 F.W.D. 4 Quote TWO STROKES ARE FOR GARDEN TOOLS Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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