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Jon VanDermark
02-05-2017, 02:43 PM
Got here in a day and a half via Greyhound. Shipping was a little more than I anticipated because I used the wrong discount code. Ed the post to post measurement is 17.5 inches center to center without the rubber stops. The cot is 22 inches wide, 75 inches long, has the slideout extension on the foot end. Note the Hathaway name tag. Itls a FH in Indiana.

Richard Vyse
02-05-2017, 05:52 PM
Nice, let's put that to use!

Nicholas Studer
02-05-2017, 06:49 PM
Very nice!

First off - that is not a Model 26. It is a Model 27 - note the dropping foot end with articulations. Also note the "cut out" in the middle for the head-end wheels. I'm intrigued that it's 22" wide. http://www.professionalcarsociety.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19869 Regardless, this is indeed most appropriate for a combination car or other low-headroom ambulance like yours!

That cot dates from roughly 1960-1962, prior to when Dick Ferneau purchased his old employer, Washington Mortuary. 1963 is when the common Ferno-Washington tags appeared. This is also the year the white triangular "scuff plates" came on Model 26 and Model 27 cots - so they are appropriately missing on yours. You also have the special telescoping loading handle - which came standard on Model 27 in 1963. However, it could also have been added after the factory as a kit - no idea when it became standard.

However, you are missing the plastic leg coverings on the head end of the cot. These are still available from Ferno-Washington, through through EMSAR, their parts dealer. Hopefully your local dealer has better customer service than mine... Don't forget to tighten the screws on your foot pad/pull handle!

Didn't you previously have a Model 54? Check your e-mail/PM's! :)

Jon VanDermark
02-05-2017, 08:59 PM
Nick-PM sent

Jon VanDermark
02-05-2017, 09:01 PM
Nice, let's put that to use!
I've got to put the "apprentices" to work polishing it up.

John ED Renstrom
02-05-2017, 09:33 PM
Good find is the serial number still on it ?

Nicholas Studer
02-05-2017, 10:31 PM
Good find is the serial number still on it ?

Ferno Mfg Co did not put serial number tags on their items. Neither did Washington Mortuary. I am very willing to be corrected on this, if I am wrong.

Jon VanDermark
02-05-2017, 11:21 PM
I haven't looked for any other stampings or serial #s yet but I will.

Martin Harvey
02-06-2017, 05:48 AM
I think you're right Nicholas, there is none on my "Ferno" 30

Jon VanDermark
02-07-2017, 11:39 PM
Does anyone have an instruction/maintenance manuel they would be willing to copy or scan? Thanks! R/Jon

John ED Renstrom
02-08-2017, 12:35 AM
here is the only thing I have other then a pictures of one. a 1962 add

Nicholas Studer
02-15-2017, 08:53 PM
Does anyone have an instruction/maintenance manuel they would be willing to copy or scan? Thanks! R/Jon

I have the manual to the current Model 26 cot, which is very similar to the 1970s version. I e-mailed it to you, unfortunately a PDF and can't post it here.