F.Y.I.... I spoke to an Ex-Captain from Bayview Hose Company3 who is now a member of Sheet 4 in Lindenhurst F.D. he tells me this picture was from 1984 and this was a 1941 Cadillac Hose Wagon which the company purchased to make a parade piece..after some work it fell by the waste side and its where abouts now are unknown..to his recollection this however was never a drill team truck.
Duds, and Vinny...FYI......this piece is still currently being worked on by the members of Hose 3 as a parade /muster piece. It should be done sometime this year. I'm not sure who we contracted to do the work though, but its coming along well.
Historian I'll try to answer the best of my knowledge until I can tie down an old timer to get the real story out of him....lol.....the '41 Caddy was never actually anyones c-truck. It was actually 2 Caddy's that the Company had gotten a hold of. I believe one was from Glenwood, and the other from Roslyn. In the 80's the decision was made to restore one of them with a combination of both trucks. I'm not exactly sure which end was from what truck. For a few years, it actually sat out in the "Caddyshack" (a barn type structure big enough to hold it), until they decided to contract the rest of the work out to Renton, where it still sits today awaiting a few minor parts and some other minor details. They were both actually front line pieces of apparatus for both departments never actually carrying pumps, strictly hose tenders to service those long stretches into the Estates. They were acquired more or less as a hobby by the members, hence the work being done on the apron, and its actually meant to be a parade piece for the Company. - TJ
That also answers the questions i have had about the racing roots. For awhile, maybe about a year or so, the truck has been sitting in the back of Rentons, awaiting some minor parts and details that he is having a problem getting a hold of. The exact amount of time thats going to be needed to finalize is still a wee bit of a mystery. I know there are some photos of the restoration in progress floating around our firehouse somewhere. Ill try to post them as soon as I can get a hold of them. - TJ Great job Joe, on the Glenwood photo.
it does have some racing roots behind it, even with the clamdiggers. in 1998 we took it out of the shack on memorial day and ran a mock '"c" hose run down ray street next to the firehouse, it was histerical. hope to see it done soon.