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    1955 Willys fire truck on display

    The truck is currently on display at the National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood Mo. (St Louis suburb).
    Come visit the museum. https://tnmot.org/
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    That is a beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdudleystl View Post
    The truck is currently on display at the National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood Mo. (St Louis suburb).
    Come visit the museum. https://tnmot.org/

    There were a couple of fire trucks from the Corning Glass Works on display at the Jeep Fest last summer. Every one seems to have been set up just a bit differently. Do you know if there was a commercial company that did the modifications, or was each one a custom build?

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    Looking great!

    To answer LarrBeard's question, The truck chassis or CJ was sent to an apparatus company from the factory to be up fitted with the equipment. Howe manufacturing handled most all of the trucks while Boyer manufacturing handled the CJ conversions. You could order your rig through your local dealer. Some of the other fire apparatus companies did offer Jeep conversions, but I haven't found to where they were directly tied to Willys.

    http://www.ewillys.com/2019/11/19/cj...chure-on-ebay/

    http://www.ewillys.com/2018/05/03/19...edero-ca-7500/

    http://www.ewillys.com/2018/06/18/19...ille-ar-29500/

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    [QUOTE=gmwillys;11261]Looking great!

    To answer LarrBeard's question, The truck chassis or CJ was sent to an apparatus company from the factory to be up fitted with the equipment. Howe manufacturing handled most all of the trucks while Boyer manufacturing handled the CJ conversions. You could order your rig through your local dealer. Some of the other fire apparatus companies did offer Jeep conversions, but I haven't found to where they were directly tied to Willys.

    Here is the Toledo truck.
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    Man check that baby out! gm you are THEE authority on all these old Willys history!

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    David Eihler over at eWillys.Com is Thee authority. He has spent years collecting information on anything Willys related. The Long Suffering and I had the chance to meet up with Dave and his wife Ann at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville AL. a couple of years ago.

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    fire pump info

    We have the installation, operation & maintenance manual for the mounted equipment.
    It covers Front mounted fire pumps types UA, U, GF, GK, and F.
    Our next quest is to find who did the conversion (no tag found). The names of the conversion shops will hopefully be helpful.
    I guess it is possible the owner could have done the conversion.
    Should anyone desire a copy of the IO&M let me know.
    Phil
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    What an awesome deal all around! Beautiful, historical, wonderful, tough, purpose built, useful, etc. Everything it should be.

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    In some of the Willys Literature the Chassis much like his 1955 was listed as a "Commando" Mine clearly has commando badges and was manufactured by General Fire apparatus of Detroit, furthermore when I first got it I spoke with 3 firefighters who were with the department when the truck was new. They picked it up from the "Home Acres Willys" dealership when it was new and it was equipped exactly as pictured.
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