11/10/10 142 W - + 4 - 0 Jay Leno's 1941 American LaFrance


From a reader, here's a nifty segment from Jay Leno about his 1941 American LaFrance 500 Series pumper. It originally served Warner Brothers on their studio lot, and then was given to the city of Burbank. The truck then landed (ha!) at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, and was last left at the end of a runway.

Jay talks a bit about the body construction and as well as the engine, which is a 12-cylinder, 256 HP monster. The 500 Series engines, he notes, were the first aerodynamically designed fire apparatus, and the first tested in wind tunnels. They also look sharp all get out. (Raleigh had a 1939 American LaFrance 500 Series tractor mated to its 1916 American LaFrance aerial ladder trailer.)

After restoration, Leno further modified the truck by removing the water tank, and adding a power-lift to the rear. The purpose? Transporting bikes!
 





How cool would it be to roll up into work on that! Awesome!!
GH - 11/10/10 - 19:35

Awesome video but Conan is still better ;-)
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 11/11/10 - 21:47



  
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