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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: May 09, 2018 04:35PM

Like so many of the parts that Unity made, it was an additional cost optional accessory. When I was involved in the truck body building business, we stocked all the odd ball stuff because the customers seemed to always want that extra chrome bling, especially the volunteer fire departments.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 14, 2018 06:10PM

Backend of the Firebrier is almost done.

I'm holding off on the license plate fixtures for a while yet (don't want to accidentally bang 'em in my tight garage), and the door bumpers need to await installation of the inner panels.

The bumper brackets had been stripped and repainted.

The two large brackets have rubber seals. Since these seals are found on the brackets of rear bumper but not the front, I assume they are intended to block air flow into the engine compartment. The seals on the Firebrier were pretty well obliterated, but Bob Marlow sent me photos of some seals that were in better condition, and the profile is shown in this diagram.

Unable to find a weatherstrip or seal that matched this design from any commercial supplier, I created a pretty good replacement by trimming FC side door window channel - the shape and dimensions matched well. The original seals were removed by carefully bending up the retainer, and this was reversed to reinstall the replacement.

The emergency flashers on the back were manufactured by Dietz.

The originals couldn't be restored, but I was able to locate NOS replacements. However, the replacements were painted, so I had them chromed to match the originals.

The rear grille looks really nice.

As do the emblems.

The original Berzal's emblems is priceless! And it polished up nicely; I thought I saw traces of red paint in the engraved lettering, so I added that. The other emblems are NOS replacements. I'm always really nervous installing (and uninstally) the emblems, fearing the metal will break; but all went well.


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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: May 15, 2018 02:37AM

Wonderful! smiling bouncing smiley


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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: dolomitefan ()
Date: May 15, 2018 04:31AM

Great attn to detail

Mark Gibson, Staffordshire, England

1961 Corvair Greenbrier
1980 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
2015 BMW 1 Series

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 17, 2018 07:10PM

Little steps and big steps

First small stuff
Interior handles are installed

Thought this would be straight forward, by like usual it wasn't.

Can anyone tell apart these different window and door latch handles?

I can't, other than that the door handle on the far right is one of 4 new handles I had acquired a while back.

The differences are apparent on the back side - here's the door handles.

Only the GM handles have the set screw angled, making tightening much easier. 3707582 was the standard FC handle from 1961-64 (why one of these handles has a set screw that is almost centered is a mystery), and then 3848873 was substituted in 1965. It has a slightly more tapered handle. The repro handles are actually more substantial in their construction then the original GM handles. But after much soul-searching, I decided to pass on the brand new repros and use only original GM handles. On one hand, I really hate the center mounted set screws; but also the original handles cleaned up pretty nicely. And I suggest to others try cleaning the original; they may be good if the splines are intact and there's no significant pitting of the chrome.

This is a window crank handle before and after buffing it up with rubbing compound. I found I had enough GM handles that cleaned up equally well.

The big news is that after I got the handles on - and realized that the wiper motor was bad (see the other thread on wiper motor not turning off) so couldn't install the wipers - we took the Firebrier on it's first legal drive around the block a couple of times. Here it is:

Still much to be done - mirrors, interior work, wheel covers, wipers, etc. But it successfully hit the pavement for the first time since 1995. I think the shifter needs adjustment (I hope that's it and not the transmission); I was having a difficult time getting it into second, sometimes it went in smoothly sometimes gears would grind - any suggestions would be appreciated. I actually feel the early style shifter in my 61 is easier to use than this late style.

But at any rate, we attracted as much attention as possible with the beacon and flashing lights on, and hitting the siren periodically.

Check it out:

Unfortiunately (or fortunately) we encountered no fires during the first run.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: fred bagnall ()
Date: May 17, 2018 07:22PM

Awesome Steve, 150% as usual. I really have enjoyed this thread. Excellent work and attention to detail. smileys with beerthumbs up

64 Greenbrier std -110, 4spd,barn find on the road again after 46 year hiatus.
66 Turbo Corsa, 180hp,posi-trac, quick steering HD suspension,AM-FM-multiplex,soft-Ray glass all around
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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: May 17, 2018 07:28PM

Steve... What are you using for the flashing lights? The reason that I ask, is that usually, left front and right rear are on one side of the flasher, and right front and left rear are on the other side of the flasher. The reasoning behind this, is that the eye will actually be attracted to the opposite side. This give a visual warning. I personally like the Cole Hersee motorized flasher, with LED bulbs. They flash brightly and crisply between flashes, unlike incandescent bulbs. Once installed behind the lens, they can't be distinguished as to the type of bulb to the casual observer.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 17, 2018 07:58PM

The front lights are the original Turnflex lights rechromed, the rear lights are the Dietz lights that I posted about earlier. The lights run from a standard GM hazard flasher switch:

I bought one of the GM restoration units sold on ebay. Cost a bundle, but the 1963 unit was an exact match for the original in the Firebrier. The wiring was a bit of a rats-nest as got it, but I could see the way the wires coming out of the original flasher switch has been joined, and I found that there was only a single wire running to both of the rear flasher lights; Thus, based upon the evidence in the Firebrier, the lights were originally wired to flash in unison.

Speaking of controls, the siren runs from foot buttons, one on either side of the cab.

Thus, Jane was running the siren in the video from the passenger side button. Power for the siren comes from a cable connected to the starter.

The beacon light is turned on from a switch mounted on the dash


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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: matchlessmo ()
Date: May 18, 2018 03:05AM

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: cad-kid ()
Date: May 18, 2018 04:13AM

Great video! It was cool to hear the siren and afterwards the engine burbling away. sounds nicethumbs up

Jeremy (cad-kid)
Kronenwetter, WI (Central Wisconsin)
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