Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome, PNW SPAAMFA members

I got my periodic SPAAMFA PNW newsletter the other day, sat down with the pile of mail to peruse through it.

There, on the second page, with no advance warning, was a couple of paragraphs about Engine 17, her history, and how she came to be in my possession.

I didn't write it. I don't know who did, but they seem to know a lot about me. Oh wait, I think I've about spilled my soul right here in this blog. I'm a bit crazy and I own my own fire engine. What else is there?

What's new? Well, 17 has been given a clean bill of health following a detailed inspection. A few air lines need to be moved so they don't rub, but otherwise she is in remarkably great condition, mechanically. Also found some vintage (heavy!) 2.5" hose sections that are loaded so she isn't quite as naked. Love the classic brass couplings.

That's really all there is for now. If you came here from the SPAAMFA newsletter, nice to see you here. Things will be slow over the winter unless I get some historical stuff to talk about. Otherwise, the project is going into hibernation until Spring. Stay tuned.


  1. Frank, I don't know how cold it gets in your neck of the woods, but don't forget to properly winterize!!!! If you experience freezing weather, don't forget to drain your pump/tank completely!!! Use a 1.5" cap, tapped out and threaded to accept an air chuck- use air to push excess water out of the pump. Leave all valves open over the winter. Make sure you add some diesel fuel winter treatment (and then run the truck for a while to get the treatment into the fuel filters.....And also start her up once a month or so and let her run for a 1/2 hour to get the blood flowing.....

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