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This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

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Regards Ray Dean


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Monday, December 3, 2012

1924 Chev Fire Truck. Original Condition


This truck is equipped with the famous Obenchain-Boyer Chemical Fire apparatus and was the first of this type of fire fighting equipment.

This historic truck is a Western Kansas truck that is all original and has been stored inside for most of its life, and has been cared for by two private collectors since it was retired from fire service.
 A driving truck that is in absolutly wonderful running condition.

The truck still has all of the orginal fire equipment, including hoses and chemical tanks, and has the builders gold leaf stenciling.

A one ton chassis with modern equipment including electric lights, starter and a three speed transmission with reverse. 

This truck has more power than is required for it's ton rating and this truck is speedy under load"...That is what Chevrolet said in 1924 when this grand truck was introduced.

In 1897, Obenchain invented the Stationary Chemical Fire Engine and the chemical fire extinguisher. This became the forerunners of the Obenchain-Boyer Fire Apparatus Company that built fire engines and other fire fighting equipment. 

The company shipped trucks all over the United States and Canada, as well as, exporting their device to China, Australia, South America, and the West Indies. The Obenchain-Boyer company later become the Universal Fire Equipment Company and stayed in business until 1988 when it was sold.













































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