1942 American Lafrance Fire Truck Find


This old fire truck is listed on eBay with a BIN of only $2,000. The engine is not stuck and the truck is complete. There is some rust but it seems restorable. It would be a shame for the old truck to be scrapped or parted out and this bit of history lost. Can you imagine how great this little fire truck would look once restored. Perhaps someone will find another use for it? It’s just an hour or so down the road from me, so if someone is really interested I’ll be glad to have a look! Any ideas for what this old fire engine could be used for today?


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  1. Mark E

    Good if you really REALLY wanted a fire engine but only have a garage for storage!

  2. 1969Deuce

    [Insert customary old-truck-sucker comments here.]


  3. R Byrne

    Would make a cool car hauler. Pumper portion is rough anyway.

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    I hope that a fire truck/apparatus collector buys it and gives it a good home. It’s too bad that something like this is so limited as to what it could be used for. If it were a cab and chassis it could be made into a flatbed, or ramp truck. I would feel very guilty about tossing the fire truck body and doing that.

  5. jim s

    i would sell the fire truck body and put the rest of the truck back to work. what is the box above the motor with the hoses running thru it for? nice find.

    • Howard A Member

      Hi jim, I agree. Sadly, a fire truck is just that. Fire trucks are usually low mileage, relatively solid trucks, so good-bye to the rear portion, and make a flatbed out of it. The box looks to be an oil cooler of some sort. It has high pressure lines running back, so either this truck had/has a hydraulic pump, or it’s an engine oil cooler. geomechs would know.

  6. Chuck Foster Chcuk F 55chevy

    Fire trucks don’t seem to be in demand, I bet anyone who really wants one has more than one, and can’t get rid of the worst one. I always thought the best use for them would be like old buses, convert it to an RV. Perfect tow vehicle for your show cruiser, and you have a place to stay. Imagine finding an old small Airstream and putting on the back of this.

  7. Anthony

    Hello , my grandson , 3yers old, loves fire trucks. I wonder how his mom and dad(my son) would react seeing a fire engine parked in their driveway. Not to mention to upkeep etc.

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