FireTruck Diary

My experiences restoring and playing with a 1960 Ford C-850 Fire Engine

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   Tuesday, October 08, 2002
DeTruck sits in the driveway, awaiting love. I had to pull it farther in than I usually do and park it hard against the fence to try and serve as a sonic barrier to our new neighbors. Yes, a rock band has moved in next door and their practice space is 10 feet from our bedroom. They've tried to soundproof, but those of you who have made this effort know how hard it is to really stop a kick drum from pissing off a neighbor. DeTruck actually helps, but not enough.

I've been spending a lot of time involved with the truck at one remove. It occurred to me that the wonderful Ford C-series front end

with it's flat face, broad glassy forehead and protuberant chrome jaw, is very characteristic of my family profile.

Perhaps this is an example of owners looking like their pets, but I think I look like my firetruck. This has been independently confirmed by a number of utterly biased individuals.

To this end, I decided that I wanted to paint a self portrait. I paint in acrylics (brush and airbrush mixed) and decided that the while the physical medium would be canvas, the conceptual medium would be firetruck. So I have been spending my time painting "Self Portrait in Firetruck". I'll post a snap of it when it's complete. Alas, if only the rest of the work I want to do on DeTruck could be done so quietly at 11:00 at night naked (without mosquitos.)

In other news I am working on making nice vinyl flames for DeTruck to wear. I'm cutting them out of vinyl adhesive shelf lining material. They should look pretty good. Slow progress on this front and I have a lot of rust picking and painting to do before I can put them on DeTruck.

so it goes,

Index of Post Titles:

Vital Statistics:
1960 Ford

534 cid
5-speed Gas
277 horsepower

27000 lbs. GVW

Young Fire Equip.

1000 gal. tank

500 GPM Hale
Midship Pump
Type QSHD-2,

Ferrell Fire Co.,
Ferrell, NJ

Buchanan VFD,
Buchanan, TX