This unique Crown began its life in 1975 as a ladder truck built for the city of San Diego carrying serial number F1753.
You may see F1753 in her original configuration here.
The Crown tractor you see on this page actually began as an attempt to build a replica of the Crown Dozer Transport built for the City of Los Angeles in 1960.  The direction of the project changed as it progressed and it bacame the tractor for a water tender.  The project began with F1753 having its ladder and body removed.  The frame was shortened and reinforced and a 5th wheel was added.  An N14 Cummins motor was installed in place of the original NTC-350 Cummins as well as a Eaton 10-speed manual transmission and a 2,000gpm PTO driven pump.  The pump panel area was removed from F1608, originally from the Azusa FD, which was acquired for parts.  To top it off, a chrome plated, remotely operated Stang monitor was added.  Water is supplied to the tractor from the 8,500 gallon tank trailer through a 4" line.
This rig was built by Mike McDonald's Western Heavy Equipment.