SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER, SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION AND APPRECIATION OF ANTIQUE MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS IN AMERICA

Featured Rig

January-February 2003

1967 Crown Firecoach Pumper

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 Owner: CFE member Paul Krot
Manufacturer: Crown Coach, Los Angeles, CA 
Model: Firecoach pumper (CP-1150-109)
Year: 1967
Serial No.: F1491
Powerplant: Detroit Diesel 8V71
Original Powerplant: 1091 Hall-Scott gasoline
Transmission: Spicer 5-speed manual
Pump: Waterous centrifugal, rated at 1500 gpm
Tank Capacity: 500 gallons
 

Chelan County Fire District Engine 129 is a 1967 Crown Firecoach pumper. E129 carries Crown Coach serial number F1491. She is fitted with a Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, powered by a Detroit Diesel 8V71 paired with a Spicer 5 speed manual transmission and was originally powered by a Hall-Scott 1091 gasoline engine. She started life in Redmond, WA, with King County Fire District Number 34, where she last served as E13. On February 5, 1988, F1491 was sold to the Chelan County Fire District for $22,500. F1491 first served as E125 and last as E129 when she was purchased by CFE member Paul Krot in July of 2001. F1491 currently lives in sunny southern California where she is being restored to an "in service" appearance of Chelan County Fire District #1, E129. Little work needs to be done aside from adding a few items that were removed since she was meticulously cared for by Chelan County Fire. More pictures of E129 are available at Paul's Crown website: www.crownisking.org.

The 1998-4 CFE newsletter featured an article about the Chelan County Fire District Crowns and included these B&W versions of photos by Bill Hattersley, showing F1491 in the early days. Note the orginal Federal BeaconRay warning lights with rounded lenses were changed to newer square top models, which were later replaced with the present lightbar.

Above left is a 1997 newspaper article with a photo of F1491. The red rig pictured at right is F1492, the sister Crown to F1491. Both were ordered, built, and received at the same time and orginally were identical to one another.

 




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