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This is my first Inspection of the 125 at Mr. Clarks place in Amesbury, Mass.
Initially I was very impressed with the truck. While it had a decent paint job it was in very sound mechanical condition. The owner used it to tow his travel trailer to Antique Truck shows.
This truck has had some significant modifications to it to make it more road worthy. It has been converted to 12 volt. Has been repowered with a GMC 302 6 cylinder motor and has the beefier GMC transmission matted to the 302. It is a syncromesh trans so there is no gear crashing. An electric supplemental radiator fan has also been installed. The truck is equipped with 2 12 volt batteries.
The pump, pump transfer case, and water tank have all been removed. The under seat gas tank has been removed and a 35 gallon Truck saddle style tank has been installed in the hose bed.
The paint work is decent but is faded. The top coat is red while underneath there is a coat of Air Force Blue and then the original OD green
The pump was let sit outside and the Hardie LCXA pump has frozen up. The biggest problem is that the pump transfer case, a chain drive unit is missing. Since I can not find this transfer unit I will not be installing the Hardie and will keep this truck as a parade piece. I plan on mounting bench seats in the back.
Many of the beautiful WW2 trucks have vanished. Fire Trucks are still available because they were purchased surplus by local Fire Departments and usually stored inside.
The following are the photos from my first visit.
Beginning in 1943 the Truck was originally stationed at Dow Army Air Force base in Bangor, Maine. In the laste 50's it was replaced and sold surplus to a truck dealer who sold the truck to the Pttisfield, Maine Fire Department. It then was sold to the owner who I bought it from.
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