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Old 06-03-2015, 07:29 PM
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I emailed and got a reply from WS Darley today attmpting to obtain copies of their equipment catalog in .pdf format. This would have provided a neat reference for equipment of this vintage. Darley sells mostly firefighting equipment, but also EMS and rescue. They said they still have a printed copy of catalogs for 1963 and 1968 (for year of my ambulance) but the are so fragile they don't let anyone touch them. That's a shame. If anyone can obtain a printed copy, I could scan to .pdf and share here. No cost. This should be an open source of information for anyone interested. Would hate to see someone trying to make a buck off this. Their current catalog is 80 megs in .pdf. The catalogs in the '60's should be much less. So.... if anyone has Darley or any other equipment catalog, I'll scan it and share with everyone.
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it is a neat car. Paul had it at the Flint and Albany meets. be nice to see it again.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:12 PM
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Lot O' work this past weekend. There was a small panel-door on each side of the bench seat in the cab - unfortunately the driver's side went missing at some point, believed to be with the first owner after the Fire Dept. We had it duplicated and the panel's color-matched. Turned out great, almost too nice for the car...

Hood pad had disintegrated and the clips rusted when he got the car. We installed a replacement.

Hook's in for the spare tire (probably not going to be here in time) and shelf's in for a jump bag (or something?) over the Motrac radio. Fire extinguisher bracket installed too.

Very interesting how all of this is coming together.
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A little delayed with this post, some of these things were seen by those who attended the meet in Houston.

1. Thanks to the generosity of a PCS Member - we horsetraded for a Robinson Orthopedic Stretcher. Underneath the bench now and we're very happy.

2. A number of news articles about Rescue Squads in Dutchess County discuss water rescue and associated equipment. One of the first articles about the Rhinecliff Rescue Squad after its creation as a separate entity from the VFD was about using your car's spare tire as a flotation aid if one were to come across a person in the water. Thus, Rhinecliff Rescue 1 carried rope and ring along with three life vests. The life vests seem to fit in an odd and otherwise semi-useless and inconvenient compartment on the passenger side underneath the cabinet. However, the life ring seems to best fit in the underfloor compartment - which is otherwise too small for a folding stretcher it seems. It won't fit in the cabinet - too big. And - it's a 20" ring, near the smallest they get made. Ever look for a VINTAGE life ring that's in good shape - boy, was that hard... I suppose it could've been bigger and placed behind the driver's seat or under the floor on the driver's side with the folding cot - but this at least temporarily satisfies the curiosity of "what went under the cot." as otherwise it's a pretty useless compartment. Now to find some old rope... (Who buys that kind of thing besides a weirdo like me???)

3. We're very excited - the second set of holes here behind the seat apparently corresponded to a simple clip to hold a bumper jack. Clip's being fabricated this week. Curtain rods for the rear door, plus a replacement metal plate for the homemade cot-hold down device are also being made.

4. We got the clip that holds the wires that are part of the bench seat side-rail assembly's release mechanism fixed. Weld snapped at some point in the past. Fairly ingenious design to try to make an even tug on both sides.

5. Another oddball "Who buys that?" moment when I bought an NOS 8.00x15 tire for the spare... I was able to get a very nice Police Enforcer wheel from a Mopar parts dealer. Now to get it mounted and in the car. We'll be getting the cover made up for it locally.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:35 AM
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check that life preserver out my bet it's nylon rope around it. 1/2 inch three strand should be available and any boat shop. but can an army guy learn to put the eyelet in one end and the back splice in the other???
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More fun small projects.

1. The black paint used to fill-in the stamped lettering on the control box had worn away and looked rather poor. Filled it in with black Rustoleum, a steady hand and small brush, and wiping away the excess. Turned out well! I also learned for sure that this panel was made by hand and was not standard - you could see where on the first switch the man with the stamp had been a little unsteady and had to redo it...

2. I thought it rather silly - but someone at the PCS Meet in Houston said it looked "unfinished" to have the holes in the cabinetry where a radio had been. Sometime in the 1970s/1980s, a VHF Hi-Band radio of unknown manufacturer (Sounds like GE - but no one there is sure and the options I've presented have all been shot down. Supposedly, it was a 6 push-button type radio similar to Micor) was installed in the cabinetry and an antenna jack installed on the roof behind the Beacon Ray. Around this time, the Fire Department had transitioned "Rescue 1" from the crash wagon/rescue vehicle/ambulance to solely ambulance work due to the purchase of additional apparatus. Most of the rescue gear was removed, and the radio itself went in the main fire extinguisher cabinet and the control head on top. As I have said in the past - it's restore not only as WHAT but when and a 1970s/1980s radio does not fit with October 1963. It was suggested I fill in the holes with screws - and I did so. I used some short machine screws with finishing washers like the rest of the car has. Looks reasonable.

3. Sometime in the 1970s as well - the rear window curtain rods were removed. No one knows why - but I am guessing something broke and they didn't bother to replace. Well - I did and it was surely a pain to do so. Some of the hardware was missing - Paul found the bottom clip under the bench seat but the top was gone and had to be remade (still annoying to me is they used wider metal than the bottom - but who would notice if I didn't point itout). Had to order new Model T cinch fasteners for both sides. There's a curve in the window that required compensation. Even had the rods we had made rechromed. The Mrs. made new curtains using original spec material. I think it turned out pretty well.

4. Spare tire bracket installed - 15" "Police" wheel obtained and then the hard part of finding an old 8.00x15 bias ply tire. Well, all came together including finding a tire shop that finally figured out how to mount it. The cover was missing - so our local upholstery shop matched our material and made one. Turned out very nice - perhaps TOO nice. Because Jack and Tom insist there was no hole in the center like Superior did - the tire cover should be a little loose and just slip over the top. Our shop made it a little tighter than I really wanted in order to make it looks nice. Real pain to install due to the tight cover and absolute tight fit underneath the shelf - but we got it in with much sweat and effort. This victory was mildly impugned by the fact it pushes forward on the seatback when the seat is all the way back against the passenger-side shelf. Very odd - as this is surely the correct size tire and so forth. Original screw/nut fit well even with jack stand in front. The seat is already pushed forward a bit because of the seat - good thing I'm not the tallest/widest person out there but seems like less than the optimal setup...

Still no clue what went above it on the shelf... Next step cleaning up a little of the missing white paint and rust with temporary coverage.
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this would be the only car I have seen with a cover. over the spare tire. but then again the first time it got used things like that would get lost fast.
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this would be the only car I have seen with a cover. over the spare tire. but then again the first time it got used things like that would get lost fast.
Didn't have to go far to find another one...
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I've failed to show the inside of the main firefighting cabinet! Note large hand pump water can and 15 lb CO2. What you see to the left of the water can are two collapsible fire buckets. Period-correct fire blanket in front right now, but I believe Stephenson resuscitators may store there and blanket will go on top or elsewhere. Not fully sure at this time - both cases are being repaired at a cabinet shop right now. Coming down from the top right is the antenna cable for the plug on the roof used with the VHF radio that mounted inside.

The car has some areas of surface rust from some environment exposure prior to making it to Texas. While far from a permanent solution, it was also suggested at the Houston 2015 meet to hit it with some paint for protection's sake at least. Not unreasonable. I coated those areas with rust converter and it got an amateur touch-up job with Gloss White Rustoleum. Hard to tell at a distance - but at least I'm not worrying about spread while the car awaits full takedown and paint in a few years. Check out top left corner of the door - I think I could've done a worse job for my first time at it.
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