There are three in progress
There are Always Restorations to Explore
1930 Moreland - Pumper J
Our Department used to have green fire engines which provided fire protection to mountainous regions of LA County. One of these fire engines was a 1930 Moreland. Known as Pumper J, this fire engine is undergoing a frame off restoration.
It has its wheels on it, and the brakes have all been re-built, the frame powder coated, And the motor is in it.
This is a newer motor, it is a 1950s version of the same motor. The original motor had a giant hole in the block. Sometimes it is just easier to cosmetically alter this newer motor to correspond with the original one.
When we got the fire engine, was in bad, bad shape. We first took it to our South Gate facility, but then decided to send it straight to our paint shop. German Santino does not only do painting, but they do complete restoration and re-building. We had them do most of the disassembly of the body. Paul Schneider, President of the Museum, took it to his station, when he was assigned to Station 148, to complete the disassembly. He states, "Luckily I took many photographs, so I can put it back together.".
Oh, and yes, old fire engines leak a bit of oil now and again!
Here are some of the photos of the restoration in progress. They run from 2006 through 2011.