Seagrave today is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States, having started in 1881 in Detroit, moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1891 and eventually to Clintonville, Wisconsin after its acquisition by FWD Corporation in 1963. This 1924 Seagrave 6WT Pumper was delivered to the city of Menominee, Michigan where it served into the 1950's as Menominee's Pumper #1. It is powered by a 1,013 cubic inch (yes, one thousand thirteen cubic inches) inline six rated at 79.3 horsepower with a three speed manual transmission, shaft drive and vacuum-assisted mechanical brakes as delivered from the factory. The vee windshield was manufactured specifically for Pump #1 by Goldstones in Menominee. Equipment includes a 150 gallon water tank, 1,000 gpm pump, 50 feet of 1 1/2 inch hose, 500 feet of 2 1/2 inch canvas hose, Goodyear suction hoses and an assortment of bell, fire extinguishers, ladders, nozzles, warning lights and spotlight. The gauges on the pump and the instrument panel work. In 1985 and 1986 it participated in the Great Race using a different engine -- the one currently installed is the original for this chassis -- and had a Mitchell overdrive installed so it could operate at highway speeds. The electrical system was upgraded to 12 volts with a generator, brake lights and air horns were added for safety. The engine has both coil and magneto ignition and the truck comes with instructions and service manuals. Mechanically and cosmetically it is very good with elaborate hand-painted decoration including a painted medallion on each side of the hood depicting the ceremonial feathered head dress of the Menominee tribe. This is an extremely practical, fully functional historic Seagrave 6WT Pumper able to cruise at modern highway speeds and easy to handle with power steering. Its paint is good, its upholstery sound and its brass bright
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