APPARATUS CHASSIS SPECIAL - FORD "C" SERIES

 

 

                      

Wakefield Squad 1 - 1981 Marion

 

Previously, special segments here have focused on local fire apparatus manufacturers of the past. However, recently after following a few posts on the MAFT Facebook page, it occurred to me that the Fire Service is slowly, but surely, losing a historic workhorse in the world of Fire Apparatus. The Ford "C" Series is arguably the most prolific commercial chassis ever used in apparatus manufacturing. Nearly every apparatus company made trucks on this chassis, from its origin in 1957 to its final days in 1990. Maxim, FMC, Bean, Farrar, Continental, Grumman, Pierce, and E-One just to name a few utilized this cost effective rig to produce dependable fire apparatus, and in the case of Thibault in Canada, they bought the rights to develop this chassis as a "custom" built truck under their logo. The chassis was designed by Ford, and built by Budd Company exclusively for Ford....with one exception. Mack Trucks purchased the rights to develop the same dimensional cab and built it themselves calling it the Mack "N" series. Departments coast-to-coast, including large cities such as Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C. relied on the Ford C-series trucks to get the job done. Here is a sampling of Ford C photos I have taken.

 

 

Abington Engine 3 (Retired) - 1980 Continental

 

Acton Engine 27 (Retired) - 1988 E-One

 

Acushnet Engine 4 - 1976 Continental

 

Beverly Engine 2 (Retired) - 1986 E-One

 

Boston Engine 54 (Retired) - 1985 E-One

 

Boston Dive Rescue (Retired) - 1987 E-One

 

 

Boylston Engine 1 - 1989 E-One

 

Brimfield Engine 1 (Retired) - 1974 Worcester

 

Brookfield Engine 1 - 1988 Grumman

 

Carver Engine 4 - 1980 Farrar

 

Charlestown, RI Engine 812 (Retired) - 1982 FMC

 

Cheshire Engine 1 - 1986 Pierce

 

Chesterfield Tanker 2 (Retired) - 1987 Dept. Built

 

Dennis Engine 2 {107} (Retired) - 1981 E-One

 

Dighton Engine 1 (Retired) - 1982 Farrar

 

Dunns Corners, RI Engine 4 - 1984 E-One

 

East Brookfield Engine 1 - 1986 Maxim

 

Eastham Engine 2 (Retired) - 1986 E-One

 

Edgartown Engine 24 - 1989 E-One

 

Exeter, RI District 2 Engine 12 - 1979 FMC

 

Fairhaven Engine 2 - 1983 Ranger

 

Fall River Engine 24 - 1986 Pierce

 

Falmouth Engine 20 - 1987 E-One

 

Falmouth Rescue 31 - 1987 EVF

 

Florida Engine 2 (Retired) - 1986 E-One

 

Foster, RI {Moosup Valley} Tanker 21 - 1990 American Eagle

 

Gardner Engine 4 {Squirt} (Retired) - 1980 E-One

 

Gosnold {Cuttyhunk} Engine 1 - 1982 E-One

 

Groton Engine 5 (Retired) - 1983 Pierce

 

Hanover Engine 6 (Retired) - 1987 E-One

 

Hatfield Engine 2 - 1989 KME

 

Hope Valley-Wyoming {Hopkinton}, RI - 1981 Pierce

 

Hubbardston Engine 3 (Retired) - 1987 KME

 

Hudson Engine 3 (Retired) - 1987 E-One

 

Kingston Engine 3 (Retired) - 1987 E-One (Former Wayland)

 

Leominster Snorkel 1(Retired) - 1973 Pierce/Snorkel

 

Little Compton, RI Engine 2 (Retired) - 1984 E-One

 

Lynnfield Engine 4 - 1984 E-One

 

Marion Engine 4 - 1984 E-One

 

Methuen Engine 2 (Retired) - 1985 Pirsch

 

Middletown, RI Engine 38 (Retired) - 1983 Ranger

 

Millbury Rescue 1 (Retired) - 1981 E-One

 

New Ashford Engine 2 - 1968 American LaFrance

 

New Bedford Engine 26 (Retired) - 1987 Maxim

 

Newbury Engine 10 - 1989 FMC

 

Newport Engine 4 (Retired) - 1980 E-One

 

Northborough Engine 1 (Retired) - 1989 E-One

 

Onset Squad 3 - 1984 Farrar

 

Plymouth Engine 6 (Retired) - 1986 Farrar

 

Quincy Rescue 1 (Retired) - 1987 Saulsbury

 

Rehoboth Engine 5 - 1985 E-One

 

Richmond, RI Engine 814 - 1979 FTI

 

Rockland Engine 4 (Retired) - 1988 E-One

 

Rockport Engine 3 - 1986 FMC

 

Royalston Engine 1 (Retired) - 1979 FMC

 

Rutland Rescue 1 - 1988 Farrar

 

Scituate Engine 4 - 1989 E-One

  

Shelburne Falls Engine 2 (Retired) - 1970 ??

 

Shrewsbury Engine 4 - 1988 KME

 

Shutesbury Engine 1 - 1987 E-One

 

Somerset Engine 2 - 1986 E-One

 

 

Sterling Rescue 1 (Restired) - 1986 Saulsbury

 

Stow Rescue 1 (Retired) - 1986 Farrar

 

Sturbridge Engine 1 (Retired) - 1981 Maxim

 

Sudbury Engine 1 - 1987 E-One

 

Sutton Engine 1 (Retired) - 1987 FMC

 

Sutton Engine 2 - 1987 FMC

 

Sutton Engine 3 - 1987 FMC

 

Templeton Engine 4 - 1982 E-One

 

Townsend Rescue 1 (Retired) - 1981 E-One (Former Walpole E-4)

 

Tyngsborough Engine 7 (Retired) - 1990 FMC

 

Tyringham Engine 4 - 1975 Pierce

 

Waltham Engine 9 (Retired) - 1978 E-One

 

Waltham Engine 9 (Retired) - 1983 E-One (Former Weston E-4 Cab)

 

Wareham Engine 3 - 1978 E-One

 

Watch Hill, RI Engine 103 - 1985 FMC

 

Wayland Engine 4 (Retired) - 1983 E-One

 

West Greenwich, RI Squad 25 (Retired) - 1979 Saulsbury

 

West Tisbury Engine 722 - 1988 Maxim

 

West Warwick, RI Engine 7 - 1985 E-One

 

Westford Engine 2 (Retired) - 1984 Farrar

 

Westford Engine 6 (Retired) - 1982 Pierce

 

Westport Engine 5 (Retired) - 1978 Pierce (Former Dartmouth D1)

 

Windsor Engine 2 - 1986 Middlesex

 

Wrentham Engine 2 - 1985 E-One