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Old 06-06-2019, 06:58 PM   #1
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H311RA151N : 1949 Chevrolet Firetruck

So I'm doing a thing. A coworker had this '49 Chevrolet Firetruck. It has 5,000 miles on it. It was professionally painted several years ago. Original Iowa truck. It was used in parades and for funeral services for firefighters. I'm taking possession July 4th after a local parade. Picked it up for $2,000 running and driving with a clean title.




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235ci 6 cylinder

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Manual 4 speed transmission with 2 speed rear axle

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500gpm pump
250 gallon tank








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Old 06-06-2019, 08:34 PM   #2
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It needs a passenger side window wiper arm.

It's still 6 volt so all bulbs are 6 volt as well. It's hard to see at night. Kinda dangerous. But I'm going to see what I can do to overcome that. I want to stay 6 volt.

The interior is intact and should clean up nicely.

It may need a passenger side front tire. It sat most of the time and the tire went flat. These tires are super expensive. They have tubes as well. One steer tire is $275. Plus a $35 tube plus a $25 flap. I'm really hoping I dont have to replace the tire because I'll probably end up replacing both if I do.

It does come with a couple used spares mounted on wheels so we'll see.

I'm debating on how to get it to Missouri where I can store it. I don't know if I'd want to drive this 400 miles.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:45 PM   #3
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I'm debating on how to get it to Missouri where I can store it. I don't know if I'd want to drive this 400 miles.
Where's your sense of adventure?? I suppose it is short (height and length) enough that it could be put on a flatbed and carried that far. Worth getting a quote or two.

I love it.
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:31 PM   #4
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It's wild for sure. Talk about bare necessities. It's got a pretty neat horn. It's well taken care of. And the super low miles helps as well.
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Makes me miss my '62 Chevy pickup. Had a similar engine (230, 235? inline 6, single barrel carb), three on the tree manual transmission, 4:11 rear end, deluxe cab (chrome trim and bumpers), 8 foot bed. Didn't realize it until I bought it (in 1983?) that it had torsion bar front suspension.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:48 PM   #6
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I've never owned anything prior to '73. Not to mention a Chevrolet truck other than a '90 S10. It's a different thing these old trucks. Babbet? rods and low pressure oiling systems. The mechanical starter button. I have no idea what rear gears it's got. It's a 2 ton truck. Lots I dont know.
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I think the 62 was the oldest I've had. I had a couple 65 Cadillac convertibles, 63 Thunderbird convertible, 66 Buick LeSabre, 67 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham (source of username), 69 Oldsmobile 98, 71 Chevrolet Caprice
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67 Cadillac Fleetwood is an awesome car. Looong cars. Yet proportioned. From the 60's the Lincoln Continental is my all time favorite. Like JFK rode around in.
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The Brougham was a few inches longer than the DeVille; longer rear doors and passenger compartment. It had rear passenger footrests and fold down desk surfaces on the back of the front seats. All black.
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Fuel pump needed replaced when I went to pick it up. Probably from sitting. And the front brakes were a little weak. It's being repaired at a local shop. I plan to drive this a little bit then trade or sell it. It's fun to drive and very nostalgic. But I think it belongs with someone who is more into the fire truck thing. Either way I picked it up at a very decent price.
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This is cool. Need more pics!
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This is cool. Need more pics!
I was at the shop today. Had I seen this comment I would've taken more.

It's a done deal. Traded title for cash today.

I'm picking it up at the shop tomorrow. It had the front brakes repaired as well as the brake master cylinder.

It needs the passenger side front tire replaced with the extra one it came with.

I purchased a mirror, wiper blades a wiper arm and a turn signal lens.

More pictures tomorrow.
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Onto a set of front tires after some research.

I'm getting a set of Power King Super Highway HD 7.5x20.

I also have to get tubes and flaps. Flaps and tubes are $160. Ouch.

Problem is the wheels are split wheel design. I have to find someone willing to change them. They can be super deadly. Might have a hard time here.
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If my pictures are small my apologies. NEW PICTURES /\ /\
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Drove it today.



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Wiper blades. Smallest I've ever used.

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What I've learned.

This Stovebolt 235 has babbitt rods as it's a pre-53. The oiling system is low pressure. It has a splash type oiling system with no oil filter. It makes peak hp at 3600rpm and peak tq at 2000. 105/193.

I think this truck has a 6.17:1 rear gear. In 3rd gear it's at what sounds and feels to be cruise rpm @15mph. I need a small tach somewhere. It's imperative to not over-rev a babbitt rod engine. I think this truck might run 50mph. I think 55mph would be on the absolute max and not sustainable.

It steers very well for 8,000 to 9,000lbs with no power steering and 20" tall steer tires.

Overall it's very nostalgic. I'm very much appreciative of the history of this vehicle.

It was the Bonaparte Iowa firetruck for some time. Then sold to a gentleman who built a small building literally on the opposing corner from the front door of my work. He was from Bonaparte Iowa. And a local business owner. He sold it in about the year 2000 to my coworker. Who did a lot of work to it including having it professionally painted ($$$$). It is said to have 6 or 7 coats of lacquer. We will see here before long.

It's incredibly easy to work on. I absolutely love this aspect of the truck.

There are quite a few things I'm going to do to it. All maintenance related minus a small tachometer which will not be permanently installed. Probably just lay it somewhere or zip tie it to the column.

This thing is an experience. I have to get some cameras mounted and go for a ride in this. It's too cool not to share.

Since buying it I've been getting connected with a lot of people in the area that are very passionate about these trucks and other automotive related things of the era. Everyone wants to talk to you when you drive something like this. I happened to meet someone who has a '40 international firetruck. I will be taking this to a monthly car show in the area frequently. Again, it's something I really enjoy. I didn't think I would. I bought it with the intent of fixing up and flipping. However I've gained too much respect for it and find it slightly disgusting to look at it as a buck anymore. It's so much more. WW2 had just ended when this truck was being assembled.

There will be a lot to come of this truck. I know the intrest market for something like this is very small. I know there are a few on here that are intrested. And you guys, dont worry about commenting if you don't feel like it. I know you guys are around.
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