FIRETRUCK RESTORATION PHOTOS

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01 - The Seagrave was delivered to the Duarte Garage in 1985. Fortunately the truck was pretty much complete with all major body panels and components intact.

02 - When Chuck McFann began the restoration in 2008, the hood was removed for safe keeping, and the hand crank was straightened so that the engine could be turned over.

03 - We found that some of the exhaust valves were sticking, and we needed to remove the valve caps.
The caps resisted all attempts to unscrew them.

04 - Finally an “ 8 foot big tool” was fabricated to
unscrew the valve caps. Four people, two on
each end, finally did the job.

05 - All the valve caps were removed and all the
valves were lapped in place.

06 - Here Chuck MaFann proudly shows one
of the Seagrave valves. Later compression
tests would show the compression on all
cylinders to be about 60 psi.

07 - By January of 2009 all the body parts were
stripped off the chassis awaiting dent removal
and painting.

08 - By the end of February 2009 the chassis was loaded on a trailer for transport to Kevin Nista’s Early Years and Exotics shop for a first round of steam cleaning to remove most of the built-up oil and grease.

09 - Here Jim Bohemke is using the steam cleaner
on the Seagrave engine.

10 - After the cleaned chassis was returned to the
Duarte Garage, test fitments were made on
the repaired fenders.

11 - After all the dents were removed, the body
work was primed and ready for paint.

12 - By October 2009 the initial batch of body work
was painted by Trivalley Auto Body and stored in
an off-site location for safe keeping. Here Jim
Boehmke proudly views his work.

13 - The hose bed was returned to the Duarte Garage for storage. Lynn Owens, retired Livermore Fire Chief (on right), help to move the bodywork into the garage.

14 - By December 2009 it was time to check out the engine in more detail. Here Will Bolton and Clive
Bush check out the crankshaft and rod bearings.

15 - The good news was that all the bearings were in very good condition and should not be a problem. All the connector rod bearings were torqued and gapped to specifications.

16 - By March 2010, our efforts were directed to
preparing the chassis for painting.

17 - Allen’s Towing of Livermore returned the chassis
to Tri-Valley Auto Body for the chassis paint job.
George Romero and JR of Tri-Valley proudly stand
by the painted chassis.

18 - By the end of May, the chassis was back at the Garage and the engine painted. The intake manifold
and fan were added to “dress up” the chassis for a
ride on Allen’s Towing Truck in the 2010 Livermore Rodeo Parade.

19 - By August we had re-installed the rebuilt steering
box and here Ben Schluchter and Clive Bush make
the final adjustments to the steering drag link. Note
also that Randy Jennings has made the initial
application of primer for the gold leaf chassis
decoration.

20 - The oil pan and oil pump were installed, the
engine filled with 9 quarts of oil, and the oil pump
was tested using a drill motor to drive the pump.
Tests were successful.

21 - Here Irv Stowers gets ready to install the distributor
as one of the many steps needed to run the engine for
the first time in over 50 years.

 

MORE TO COME

The next photo update will detail the progress
after September 2010. The goal is to get the engine running before body parts are added to the chassis.