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Reliance Fire Company Fire Truck Museum and Antique Fire Truck Restoration Facility

1935 Seagrave Suburbanite

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The truck passes in front of the station it served in for its entire career.

This great little truck was delivered to Thiensville, Wisconsin in 1935 and never left!  Powered by a Hercules YXC engine with a 500 gpm Seagrave pump it just needed a little TLC to make it the pride of the Thiensville FD once again.

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The Suburbanite before restoration. Seagrave paint from the 30's has a habit of peeling.

The engine didn't run when it arrived at our shop.  The 6 volt connections were quite dirty and the engine water pump was seized.  After the starter and carb were rebuilt and the other issues addressed, it fired right up.
 
 

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The hose bed is removed.

We stripped the truck to the essentials and reapired the pump.  A new stainless pump shaft was fabricated and new bearings installed.  It was fun to drive the truck without the hosebed, hood, or fenders!
 
The suction hose was rotted and there were 2 different thread types on the three sections.

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The pump required a new pump shaft and bearings. Seen pumping at Mary's Lake.

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The cowl is removed.

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Pulling the engine. The truck is getting close to being ready to sand blast.

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Reassembly begins as the engine has been installed.

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The reassembly comtinues.

The finished product, ready for another 70 years of service!

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