12/13/10 100 W, 1 I - + 9 - 6 Raleigh's Original Tiller in 1984

Found while filing negatives, here's an undiscovered shot of the city's original tiller in 1984. That is, the original 1916 American LaFrance tiller with its 1939 American LaFrance tractor. It's pictured behind Station 8, where it sat for several years. Or at least ten years, as this picture now confirms. The photographer was Gary Knight, who took numerous station shots for the 1984 year. It was subsequently sold to a private buyer, who stored the thing in Apex. The truck was again sold in 2008, and is presently privately owned in Harnett County. See present day pics. Or click to enlarge:

Any word if the current owner is planning to restore it?
Emily - 12/13/10 - 22:24

What a shame
Rob Mitchell - 12/14/10 - 14:34

By reader request, here’s a history of Raleigh’s tillers, as posted earlier this year: http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we..

There are links on that posting to earlier historical perspectives, including an article from FireNews when the 2004 tiller was delivered.
Legeros - 12/14/10 - 20:44

@Emily – After looking at Mike’s photos of it in its “current” state and location, it looks like it would take a small fortune to restore. Though it would be a VERY cool undertaking and I’d love to help out with labor on a project like that.
Duda (Email) - 12/16/10 - 09:39

Wonder what a project like that translate to, in man hours? Couple dozen? Couple hundred? Multiple hundreds? That might be one of those that’s fun to start, but hell to finish?
Legeros - 12/16/10 - 10:32

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