For Sale: 1961 Crown Firecoach (9-19-17 – – 17-33)

For Sale: 1961 Crown Firecoach, Cummins 903, new motor, complete rebuild by Cummins Brideway, Fall 2015. Four Speed Spicer Transmission, new clutch, flywheel resurfaced. New turbo, new alternator. All belts & hoses replaced. Radiator reconditioned. Air Brakes work well. Starter rebuilt. Power Steering Valve replaced. Six new tires summer 2016.

Includes: Booster reels & hoses, 2 Nosels, 2 axes, 3 fire extinguishers, 2 ladders, 2 pike poles, 1,000 feet of hose. Wrenches, host clamp, deck mounted stand gun, Beacon Ray Hill light, Dietz warning lights, Federal Q mechanical siren and Federal PA 200 electronic siren. Unique Crown bell.

New paint, Lime Green color given to truck by Crown in 1976. Front Bumper re-chromed. 1250gpm Waterous pump, not pumping, transfer case needs work, have parts. Retired from City of Covina, California. Original manuals, copy of original build order and historical photos. Truck located in Michigan. Total mileage 17,227, mileage on new motor 1,400. Asking $12,000. Email

Sale Category: Apparatus.

1976 Van Pelt LF (9-19-17 – – 17-32)

Located in Northern CA is a functional and running engine that was originally purchased from the Santa Cruz Fire Department. It had been acquired from the Scott Valley Fire Protection District a few years ago and it is now available from a small neighboring department. Ladders not included.It has a Detroit Diesel, Allison Automatic transmission and runs, pumps and drives.We will sell it to the highest bidder at or above $2500. Contact Bob @ 227-0443 area code 530

Sale Category: Apparatus.

1953 Ford F-800 For Sale (7-1-17 – – 17-29)

Unfortunately, due to my physical problems and losing space to store it I’m having to sell my 1953 Ford F800 Fire truck. I have owned this truck for almost 9 years and have enjoyed taking it to car shows. The truck just had the heads serviced last year by a machine shop in Kirkville as the head gaskets were leaking. New gaskets and thermostat, hoses installed. I had gone through the carburetor and was getting ready to set the timing when a rectifier had burned up in the charging system. I had a custom Alternator built but now needs to be installed. The truck is running but running on just the battery. Have lots of extra parts, 2 extra tires and manuals to go
with her. Hoping to find a home that can continue preserving a piece of history. Very rare to find a F800 model as most trucks of this age are light duty trucks. Has 28,535 original miles on it as the fire department I bought it from only covered a 2 to 3 mile radius. Powered by a Lincoln 317 cu in V8 mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Selling as is for $6000. Contact Bill at 315-416-7589 or Email

Sale Category: Apparatus.

1965 Crown Firecoach (7-1-17 – – 17-28)

This is a 1965 Crown Firecoach – Serial number F1403. It was delivered new to Kent, Washington in 1965. It has a Detroit Diesel 8V71, with Jakes and a five-speed manual transmission, with airbrakes. It has 11R24.5 tires mounted on four aluminum wheels. It has working red lights and siren. It has a 1500 GPM Waterous pump. It comes with original build records from the Crown Company and has all operators’ manuals. All the railing has been replaced with polished stainless steel. There is a small crack in the driver’s side windshield, however another windshield is included with the truck. It is currently licensed as a California Historical Vehicle. The following
equipment is also included with the truck:

35 ft. aluminum extension ladder

14 ft. roof ladder

8 ft. attic ladder

Four 2 ½ to 1 ½ adapters

One 2 ½ double female coupling

Two hydrant wrenches

Several hose wrenches

Akron 2 ½ inch hose jacket

Akron four-way valve

Smoke ejector

1 ½ inch nozzle

Two 2 ½ inch 45-degree street elbows

2 ½ “to 1 ½ “Y

Turnout Coat

Two helmets

Fireman’s Ax

Regular Ax

Pike pole

Breaker bar

Six-inch suction hose

Hose clamp

Several hundred feet of 2 ½” hose

Several hundred feet of 1 ½” hose

$6500     located in Encinitas, CA

Mike Colton, 619-895-1246 or Email

Sale Category: Apparatus.

Len Williams fire apparatus collection for sale (7-1-17 – – 17-15)

Reason:  dramatic decline in health and I can no longer use them.

All have been stored inside.  Except for item 1, all are in Sunnyvale/San Jose California.

Terms: Payment via cashier’s check required before title transferred.  Sold ‘as is where is.’  Buyer will be responsible for removal and transportation to his or her location.

1.  1931 Ahrens-Fox M-X-2 piston pumper.  Comes with 2-inlet deluge gun. Former Detroit F.D. rig.  This was on display at the Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti, MI, until recently.  Asking price reduced to $70,000.  If you wish to see this rig, contact my friend Matt Lee in MI.  Email  .  The difference between this rig and no. 4 is that no. 4 has a larger motor & pump.

SOLD 2.  1949 American-LaFrance 700 Series 1000 gpm pumper, ex-Merced, CA. Open cab, small V-12 motor, American LaFrance bell, 3-inlet monitor, misc equipment. Good tire tread, always stored inside. Believed to be in good running condition, but sale is as is/where is. $12,500 OBO

3.  1940 Seagrave TDA, 85 ft. steel aerial, ex-Bakersfield, CA., bought directly from Bakersfield, and driven about 300 mi. from there back to Sunnyvale.  Wood ground ladders.  A small, but not insignificant, oil leak showed up when it was last garaged last fall.  Health issues have prevented pursuing that, but otherwise it was a great running rig for over 35 yrs.  Big Seagrave V-12, and largely equipped with the equipment of that era.  Asking $20,000.

4 .  1928/29 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 piston pumper, 1,000 gpm.  Equipped with the equipment of that era, plus a 2-inlet deluge gun.  Tires are good.  Extinguishers & taillights updated, and turn signals added.  Only the 2nd owner.  Purchased  from Ocean City in 1962, and shipped to CA through the Panama Canal.  Garaged ever since.  Has traveled under its own power to musters and parades throughput the San Francisco Bay Area for over 50 years, and still runs like a top.  Asking $100,000.

SOLD 5.  Spare big Seagrave V-12 motor.  Highest offer takes it.

Sale Category: Apparatus.