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    I saw this 60's ALF Aero-Chief on the way to work this morning. Just wondering how other retired trucks have been used. (Other than parade pieces)
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    I have seen aerials used often by commercial sign companies for a bucket lift. I also know of an old wildfire truck being used to water flowers around the city.

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      One of our old engines spent a year washing off equipment in a gravel pit. When they couldn't get it to pump after sitting outside all winter, they sold it to a well drilling outfit that took the fire body off it and installed a well driller. Not sure if it's still being used as such.
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      • #4
        I have seen a picture of a CF Mack with the body lifted, and a dump body in it's place.....

        I used to see an old GMC/????? body being used by a landscaper as a hydro-seeder......
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        • #5
          I've seen more than a few old engines used for agriculture or at gravel pits for their pumping abilities.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
            I have seen a picture of a CF Mack with the body lifted, and a dump body in it's place.......
            We've got one around here with a garbage compactor on the back.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tree68 View Post
              We've got one around here with a garbage compactor on the back.
              That's really sad.

              Any pictures out there?
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              • #8
                I don't know if I agree that it is sad. Better to be used than left to rot in some farm field or salvage yard.
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                • #9
                  A couple years ago a company bought 3 of our old pumpers. Used them for washing bridges and under the overpasses.

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                  • #10
                    We have actually donated all of ours to a small town in Mexico over the last 15 years. They are front line there.
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                    • #11
                      Not to nit pick, but being an apparatus buff......

                      Although that picture is a LaFrance, it is not an Aero-Chief. The aerial device is a Snorkel brand. An Aero-Chief's top section nested inside the bottom section, which was U-shaped, for a lower travel height. Also, the jacks are scissor type, wheras the ALF had swing-down type jacks. One other difference, the bucket leveling system on the Snorkel is a parallelogram/mechanical type, and the ALF was a slave cylinder set up.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Leroy140 View Post
                        Not to nit pick, but being an apparatus buff......

                        Although that picture is a LaFrance, it is not an Aero-Chief. The aerial device is a Snorkel brand. An Aero-Chief's top section nested inside the botton section, which was U-shaped, for a lower travel height. Also, the jacks are scissor type, wheras the ALF had swing-down type jacks. One other difference, the bucket leveling system on the Snorkel is a parallelogram/mechanical type, and the ALF was a slave cylinder set up.
                        Picky Picky Picky.

                        Company near me had one like this and it said Aero-Chief on it. Sorry to miss the little nuances.
                        Steve Dragon
                        FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
                        Volunteers are never "off duty".
                        http://www.bufd7.org

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                        • #13
                          Retired Rigs

                          I saw an retired Boston Ford tilt cab pumper used to pump the irrigation system at a golf course up in Maine.

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