Central Fire Truck Corp. - 1932-1970 - St. Louis, Missouri
Many trucks released by the Willys factory as pickups or "stripped chassis" were adapted by after-market manufacturers including Central Fire Truck Corp. of St. Louis. These conversions also included Forward Control fire trucks built from the cab-over-engine trucks produced by Willys from 1956-65.
Central Fire Truck Corp. 4437 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, Missouri
Central didn't build their own custom chassis and relied on Chevrolet for chassis to mount their apparatus on.
ad in 1953 Silver Book pp82
1932 Model T was traded to Central Fire Truck Company, St. Louis, for a new 1932 Ford 250 gallon pumper.
On January 21, 1946, a representative of the Central Fire Truck Company of St. Louis, Missouri explained what was necessary to start a fire department, such as the cost of the fire truck, the equipment, and the place to house it.
Engine 1 was purchased in 1951 at a cost of $8,200.00. Engine 1 is a Central fire truck manufactured in St. Louis, Missouri. It is equipped with a two-stage 500 GPM Waterous mid-ship pump and a 500 gallon steel booster tank mounted on a 1951 Chevrolet 6400 chassis powered by a 6-cylinder gasoline engine and a 4-speed manual transmission.
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