Fire trucks don’t normally ring my bells but I hate to see a good rig put out to pasture before it’s ready. The seller of this American LaFrance says he needs it gone by the 22nd – otherwise, it’s going to the scrapyard. In this case, I don’t think it’s an idle threat as it seems like he is open to reasonable offers. The bottom line is, it has to go somewhere and it can’t be here. Find the listing here on KSL.com, and then check out what else he has for sale below.
I’m not sure what that lettering is supposed to spell out (the fire chief’s name, perhaps?), but it doesn’t help assign this truck to a particular municipality. The body looks very sound, and if it’s been in Utah all of its life, then the dry climate should help preserve that sheet metal. What looks like some sort of flywheel or other transmission component appears to be laid up on the running board, which isn’t surprising considering the engine has been removed.
The cab actually still looks quite nice. Despite the seller’s mentioning that it has sat for the last 20 years, it doesn’t look like that has happened outdoors. The gauges and dash panel don’t appear rusty, and the floors are either in impressive condition or have previously been replaced. The glass isn’t cracked and the surprisingly compact cabin is a reminder that fire engines didn’t always carry six or more firefighters. Also worth mentioning is that many of the attachments, including the vintage sires and spotlights, are still attached in the photos.
Now, here’s the bonus buy, if you will: the seller also has listed this old Chevrolet school bus here on KSL.com. This one is a bit worse off, as it has clearly been sitting in wet, swampy water for many years. However, with that classic Chevy front clip, it’s tempting to bring this one back as a restomod school bus that would certainly draw a crowd wherever it went. This one also has a date with the crusher of 4/22 if not removed before then – do you think these rigs will be saved? Thanks to Barn Finds reader Wade for these cool finds.