06/04/13 128 W, 2 I - + 3 - 2 Grassy Creek's Willys/Howe

Here's another old beauty that Lee Wilson recently photographed in western North Carolina, a Willys Jeep converted by Howe Fire Apparatus that served Grassy Creek Fire Department outside the town of Spruce Pine in Mitchell County. Model HJ, model year 1947, Howe serial number 7634, and equipped with a 500 (?) GPM pump and 500 100 or 150 gallon tank. Howe converted hundreds of "Jeeps" from the 1940s to the 1970s, notes this incomplete production list that's part of the Fire Service Jeeps site. Readers can advise how many other such trucks served in our state, either for structural and airport protection. Grassy Creek FD was organized in 1964 and merged with Altapass FD in 2001 and formed Parkway FD. See more photos from Lee Wilson.


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I find it hard to beleive that this 1/4 ton Jeep CJ is carrying over two tons (500 gals)of water. The CJ we used, had a much smaller pump (10gpm @ 300psi, a full roll cage, and only 50 gals of water. It was a real trip to point. No, you didn’t drive it, you aimed for a spot and hoped it went there.
George Crosby - 06/07/13 - 11:34

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