The Goodway Community Volunteer Fire Protection company is located in Frisco City, Alabama. Those must be some sentimental folks down there, as they’ve held onto their vintage fire apparatus for quite some time. This 1952 Chevrolet pickup here on eBay has been stationed in a firehouse since it was new, and aside from needing a brake job, the seller claims it will fire up and report to duty in any town it serves next.
If the truck didn’t have two flat tires in front, I could believe that it was out rescuing kittens and confiscating illegal fireworks just yesterday. The cab remains in fine shape, and the new-for-’52 painted dash and 90 m.p.h. speedo are still intact. The bench seat isn’t even torn up, which could mean the 51,714 miles on the clock are original. The dust on the firefighter’s helmet is either a clue to how long this truck has been idle or an excellent prop.
As an earlier model, I suspect this Chevrolet gets its power from a 216 CI, 3.5L inline-six, good for about 92 b.h.p. and 176 lb. ft. of torque (later models would benefit from additional power in the 235 CI, 3.9L I6). Not much information is given about the health of the engine, which is needed regardless of how easy a life it led in the firehouse. As a working vehicle, the next owner will likely want to know how frequently it was serviced.
Regardless, it’s hard to ask serious questions when you’re drooling over all of the vintage firefighting equipment still attached to this fine Chevy pickup. From the sirens to the horns to the hoses and water pumper, this truck is about as authentic as it gets for an original fire equipment vehicle. As it’s been in the same town all of its life, I’m surprised a local hasn’t stepped up to keep it nearby. Bidding is quite active with the reserve unmet and just over three days left in the auction. Have you seen this truck in action?