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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: June 03, 2018 09:10AM

Thanks all for the kind words on the project.

Dale, I recalled this morning finding the codes inside when I had the base unit disassembled, and fortunately photographed them:

I presume TGN6002A is the model number and 64D852654 is the serial number?

However, in a communication last night, my contact at the Malden-West Camp FD seems to recall clearly that the van had Motrac two-channel radio and a long antenna mounted as I've done. I'm not sure how to reconcile the disparate information.
Steve


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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: eidolon ()
Date: June 03, 2018 09:27AM

Steve,

The model and serial numbers should be on the silver tag next to the locking handle on the main chassis.

That antenna is appropriate for low band channels; the whip length is trimmed to tune it to the assigned frequency.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: June 03, 2018 12:33PM

Correct. I raised the front seat and got the correct numbers:
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I've determiined that the TGN- number in the previous post is the part number for the head unit.

Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: oldqmguy ()
Date: June 03, 2018 07:20PM

Steve,

That is a low band radio,so it needs a 58" Whip Antenna.

These are the type of antenna used by the Indiana State Police. If you can find a 52" "whip" you can put it on your 6" spring and be correct.

The "CC1046" indicates it was modified by Motorola to meet the FCC rules issued in the late '60s to 'split' the channels. This meant reducing the transmit devation from 10 Khz to 5 Khz.

That's all I have so far.

Dale cool smiley

Dale E. Smiley CPBE
Life Member The Society of Broadcast Engineers
RETIRED Broadcast Engineer
CERTIFIED CORVAIR NUT
CORSA/Circle City Corvairs/Corvair Performance Group
Avon, Indiana
WB9SFF
1967 4-Door Monza PG!

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: June 04, 2018 02:39PM

Dale,
The 102" antenna I have can be cut as needed and the upper end attached to a replacement ferrell.
Thanks for the help.

btw: Still no ghosts in the machine needing exorcism.
Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: June 05, 2018 03:46PM

Steve,

All I can say is..... Wow Wow Wow! Truly amazing!thumbs up

I'm also proud to have your floor mat in Dainer's Rampside!

smileys with beer

Corventure Dave

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: June 11, 2018 04:11AM


I have mixed feelings of excitement and just being numb, but the Firebrier is essentially done. We've cruised around town a bit lately and it seems to drive well. I finally got the heater wired correctly, realizing after much fussing that that, of course, the bulb for the heater control only illuminates when the headlights are on - Duh!

I thought I'd first show a superb historical picture I recently received.

That is Emmett Vedder behind the wheel in 1963. Emmett was the "first driver" of the van for several years after it went into service. The picture was kindly provided by his son Emmett Vedder, Jr.

And this is Firebrier as found in Florida:


To help show off the restored Firebrier, I recruited a cute babe.

Jane helped periodically by holding parts when an extra hand was needed and applying bandages when a wounded hand needed repair.


The antenna will be cut down to 58". Those are GM restoration part reproductions of the original 1963 wheel covers. The replacement whitewalls arrived and are installed.





The M-3611 on the rear bumper is the vehicle identifier (M = miscellaneous vehicle type, 36 = the county identifier, 11 = 10,11,12,14 are vehicles at station 1).





I'm using a vintage wood tool box as a storage container. The top of the box fits nicely behind the seat.


The engine lid is unhinged (like the owner?), and I made a fancy wood brace to hold it open.

The engine before

and now

I finished and installed the side air baffles.


Left side doors open.


I've been acquiring various authentic fire scene equipment over the last two years, some of it, including the large resuscitator (hard to see in front of the right side doors) and the yellow fireman's hat are original to the Fire Company. A Smith Air pack, Indian Fire tank, axes and other gear are representative of typical gear that would have be carried. Note the base of the wood tool box that fits perfectly under the rear seat. There was a rear seat for the van, but normally it was only installed for parades and other non-fire scene functions. On the seat is a reproduction of the painting made of the van's original delivery to the Fire Company


Originally there were no seat belts, but I have installed original 1963 FC belts restored by Snake-Oyl (breathtakingly expensive!).


Another view

So other than a few assorted little tasks, the Firebrier is done. I'm really excited to be bringing it to Pittsburgh for the CORSA Convention (assuming the trailer I ordered finally arrives). And equally excited to be bringing it back to Saugerties NY for a large car show on July the 8th, where it will have a special display. While there, the Firebrier will also be returning to the Malden Fire Station, it's original home, and I hope to be posting pictures.

Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: June 11, 2018 04:34AM

Magnificent! smileys with beer

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
65' Monza MY Build Thread
73' NovaSS 454 Big block
86' BMW 325es
98' Dodge 2500 12v Cummins Diesel with 1200 lb torque!
98' VW Jetta TDI, for daughter
01' Audi Allroad Stage 3 twin turbo

NFCC
Grand Island, NY

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: cad-kid ()
Date: June 11, 2018 05:12AM

It's been an amazing journey to watch. Looking forward to seeing some show photos thumbs up

Thank you for taking us along and sharing your experiences-

Jeremy (cad-kid)
Kronenwetter, WI (Central Wisconsin)
CORSA Member#031129
SOLD-9-2016 65 Monza 4spd/140
My 65 Monza thread
My YouTube page yawning smiley

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: eddieb ()
Date: June 11, 2018 05:19AM

Having been the first to set eyes on this FC here in Florida I simply cannot believe how this turned out. I've followed it from loading it on a trailer,driving through a Florida monsoon, to it's delivery in Ohio,to what it is today. Can't wait to see it again in person. Steve you need to quit your day job and go into restoring Vairs!!!! EddieB Dade City,Fl

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Date: June 11, 2018 05:24AM

HA! If Steve didn't have his day job, he would be able to afford to re$tore his beloved FCs!!

How to make a small fortune restoring Corvairs -

Start with a large fortune!


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: June 11, 2018 05:33AM

Steve:

Great job with the Firebrier. Fate brought you together to make sure this van would return to the highway.

Thank you for all the photos and tips that have helped me fix my Greenbrier.

Looking forward to the show photos and awards this great van will get.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2018 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71 Centennial Edition
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: dolomitefan ()
Date: June 11, 2018 06:34AM

The finished project looks great. I love the details with all the fire accessories

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Mark Gibson, Staffordshire, England

1961 Corvair Greenbrier
1980 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
2009 Mazda MX5
2018 Infiniti Q30

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: June 11, 2018 07:19AM

Better than new!!!! Can't wait to see it!

Paul Sergeant
CORSA Central Division Director / CORSA Treasurer <-new title
Lee's Summit, MO
CORSA since 1975
Member – HACOA, Corvair Minnesota, CORSA, Little Indians, POCI



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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: bakerdoh ()
Date: June 11, 2018 03:52PM

Bring it to Springfield this Saturday for the Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati tri meet!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/11/2018 03:52PM by bakerdoh.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: June 11, 2018 04:56PM

Would love to bring it to Springfield, but will not have the trailer ready yet.
Next year.
Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: June 11, 2018 05:35PM

Outstanding!!

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: MonzaJPD61 ()
Date: June 11, 2018 05:58PM

Absolutely amazing attention to detail and commitment to finish a project!

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: June 11, 2018 06:34PM

Absolutely fabulous work by you Steve...WOW WOW WOW!!!

Leave now so you can make it to VairFest next weekend.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: blackspyder ()
Date: June 11, 2018 06:37PM

Unbelievable. I cannot wait to see it in Pittsburgh

Roger Fedor
Whitehall, PA
1963 Spyder Coupe, currently undergoing re-restoration

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