|These early 1969 photos taken by Christopher Arnold capture what will become Los Angeles City Fire Department Truck 63.
She is pictured undergoing acceptance testing at the Los Angeles City Fire Department Shops prior to being delivered by
Crown Coach. She was of course accepted and assigned LA City Shop number 60231 and carries Crown Coach serial
number F1585 and is the first of two identical TDAs delivered to LA City in 1969. As delivered, she was fitted with a three
section, 75 foot Maxim aerial ladder and powered by a Hall-Scott 1091 gasoline motor paired with a Spicer 6-speed manual
transmission. In later years, the LA City Fire Dept. Shops added a fourth section to the aerial making it 100 feet in length. In
1990, the LA City Shops re-powered F1585 with a Cummins NTC-350 diesel motor and added a fiberglass canopy over the
cab. Truck 63 proudly served Station 63 serving the communities of Venice and Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
F1585 was retired in approximately 1996 and purchased by a used equipment dealer in Murrieta, CA. She languished there in
a used bus yard until 2006 when she was purchased by a collector.
It should be noted that the tractor-drawn aerials built by Crown for the City of Los Angeles were the only ones equipped with
hydraulic outriggers. All others built were equipped with manual screw-jack type outriggers.
|Updated October 14, 2008