This 1957 Crown Firecoach began life as a High Pressure Hose Wagon for the Los Angeles City Fire Department where it served Station 90 in Van Nuys.  She carries Crown Coach serial number F1074 and LA City Shop number 775.  As built, she was fitted two Byron Jackson 150gpm high-pressure pumps with a 400 gallon water tank.  She was powered with a Hall-Scott 935 gasoline motor and a 5-speed manual transmission.  She was later reassigned to Station 72 in Canoga Park where she ran as the wagon half of a two piece Engine Company.  While at this assignment in early 1973, she sustained heavy damage to the rear portion of the rig and due to her age, the decision was made to retire F1074 and part it out.
Created October 6, 2008
Meanwhile, in another part of the City, a 1960 Seagrave tractor-drawn aerial (shop number 60038) was involved in a traffic collision which resulted in severe damage to the tractor portion of the apparatus.  With the two wrecked apparatus at the Fire Department Shop, LAFD shop personnel proposed an inventive plan.  Instead of purchasing a new tractor from Seagrave, the Department Shops would piece together a tractor from the two wrecked rigs.  F1500, a 1967 Crown Snorkel, was still at the Shops being dismantled after it tipped over in 1970.  It provided a fender, running boards and other miscellaneous front end parts to F1074.
The rear portion of F1074 was stripped down to the frame only saving the cab and engine cover.  The frame and driveline were shortened to a more suitable length and the rear axle was relocated to match.  The rear body was salvaged off of the wrecked Seagrave tractor, modified and fitted to the frame of the Crown.  This included the compartments and fenders as well as the fifth wheel and axle locking assemblies.  New paint for the entire rig and she was complete again!
When complete, F1074 was given the former Seagrave Shop number 60038.  She was assigned to Station 26 in the West Adams area for a short time before being more permanently assigned to Station 38 in Wilmington.  Thanks to the ingenuity of the men and women at the Los Angeles Fire Department Shops, this rig went on to serve the citizens of Los Angeles for many more years.
Special thanks to Larry Arnold for providing photos and information on the transformation of this unique rig.
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