Brush jeeps

Station 3

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May 21, 2010
3,395
Edinburg Texas
Not mine got this from You Tube but they look pretty sweet little rides

 

MESDA6

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Jun 2, 2010
920
Central IL and PHX
The company where I volunteered for many years had an old Jeep for a brush unit. It had a Federal Vitalite over the center of the Windshield and a Federal Q on it. The Q would slow down the Vitalite and dim the headlights. If you really laid into it the engine would stall.


What was even funnier was when you would round the corner with that big siren going, and people would see this little Jeep but thought an engine was coming. The look on their faces was priceless. Unfortunately I don't have any pics and the Jeep is long gone.
 

Newberry13

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May 21, 2010
613
SC, USA
I'll take the second one! Hopefully that was the one with the hi-lo.
 

RMBROWN

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May 20, 2010
631
Brooklyn.MI
I dont like how that guys turnout gear was flappin in the wind when he rounded that corner tho...Other then that nice rigs a fire dept in the next county has exoskeltons on there's they are pretty bad ass
 

kd0giz

Member
Jun 8, 2010
259
New Liberty IA
I was operating this one up until i moved last year. 1952 Willy's that came from the US Department of Forestry. Had an RF6 beacon and a Federal siren. Retired just last month.


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EngCo4

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Oct 12, 2010
205
USA Virginia
Yup. I can remember when just about all rural FDs had a Jeep


or two in their firehouse! Those little things can go anywhere


and get into places that the newer bigger "brush" rigs can't.


Also many FDs had an old M-37 weapons carrier or even a


deuce-and-a-half to take care of bigger brush/field/forest fires.
 

EMS10EMT

Member
Aug 31, 2010
397
NJ
Those are from the Grill Fire Co, in Berks County, PA. My buddy from HS volunteered there when he was in college. He said they used them at car fires as well.
 

FireEMSPolice

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May 21, 2010
3,429
Ohio
These are from today's flood in Shelby, Ohio. You can see their Jeep brush unit. This city always floods. Reason they are out on the street is because once again, their fire station (the oldest operating one in Ohio BTW) is flooded. The whole county is experiencing massive flooding.


Shelby FD 1.JPG


Here is Shelby's ladder truck forging through the water.


Shelby FD 4.JPG


Shelby is in a sad state of affiars. Their PD for the last few years is sharing space in a warehouse because the last flood wiped out the building, located right next to the fire station so they tore the PD/muni-court building down. They refuse to find funding it seems to build a new fire station.

Shelby FD 3.JPG

Shelby FD 2.JPG
 

CrownVic97

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May 21, 2010
3,348
Hazen, ND
theroofable said:
Here was our old truck. Not the same model, but still a jeep. I saw that video on youtube, and the operator said he didnt know that the turnout gear was left on the truck.
View attachment 5752

I like the dual CP speakers right smack-dab in front of the windsheild center support:cool:.
 

EngCo4

Member
Oct 12, 2010
205
USA Virginia
theroofable;


Actually that vehicle is not a Jeep but what is known


as an M-37 weapons carrier. These were built by Dodge


for the military as communications trucks, weapons carriers


and general purpose trucks. Also known sometimes as a


"5/4 ton truck" (correct).


Many FDs have acquired them though surplus and then


converted them for off-road duties such as brush and


forestry units. They are almost indestructible but their


top speed is only about 45 mph, so resonse time on the


road tends to be a bit long. Off-road, however, they are


unstoppable! Drove one on the job and even pushed over


small trees! :D


Jeeps (GPs) were built by Bantam, Willys-Overland, Kaiser-


Willys, Ford and American Motors. Also known as "1/4 ton


truck/general purpose".


Hope this is helpful.
 

Wailer

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May 24, 2010
2,288
Canada
The Wheatland Jeep has a good sounding (standard pitch) mechanical siren. The Brentwood Jeep has a horrible sounding (high pitch) mechanical siren.


If I were to compare the sirens side by side, the difference in sound would be like that of the electronic sirens on the Jeeps in the video. The first Jeep is running a high-pitched siren and the second Jeep is running a low-pitched siren. Low-pitched sirens sound much better to my ears.
 

Rofocowboy84

Member
May 20, 2010
1,161
Centre County, PA
The two Jeeps in the first post are from Grill Fire Co in Cumru Township, Berks County, PA. They're a neighboring company to the one I lived at when I was in college (think I'm still listed as active, though I haven't been there in about a year, lol). Neversink Mountain is in our local, and I'm pretty sure I was on the fire they were responding to.


Here's a video of ours:


The warning package has been updated with a Mini-Liberty and some LED's, and a Code 3 siren. Personally, I liked it more when it was old school looking and with a PA300, but oh well....
 

kd0giz

Member
Jun 8, 2010
259
New Liberty IA
Wailer said:
The Wheatland Jeep has a good sounding (standard pitch) mechanical siren. The Brentwood Jeep has a horrible sounding (high pitch) mechanical siren.

If I were to compare the sirens side by side, the difference in sound would be like that of the electronic sirens on the Jeeps in the video. The first Jeep is running a high-pitched siren and the second Jeep is running a low-pitched siren. Low-pitched sirens sound much better to my ears.

Yeah the Wheatland one was a nice low tone, however it did not have a coaster clutch.
 

EngCo4

Member
Oct 12, 2010
205
USA Virginia
Wailer;


ACTUALLY.....


The siren on MY Jeep is a rather deep single tone! Very much


like a Q without the coasting! You are thinking of the twin-tone


siren that looks the same (variation of the side vents) which has


a shrill high tone.


My siren is NOT a Model 77. I have one of these , though, in my


stock as a back up. It is a very old Model 66GH. Same motor, but


a much different tone. (again, check the side vents)


It sounds VERY nice when I crank it up next to my Seagrave which


has an early Q2 (not a B) .


Am considering mounting the 77 on my Ford-Darley since it already


has a Southern VP electronic siren.


And the Wheatland Jeep looks like it has a later Model 66 on theirs.


The vent pattern is different, but the tone should be low. The 77s


hve two more sets of vents cut at slightly different angles that give


it a higher pitch tone. These were used more on PD cars.


BTW...Wheatland's Jeep looks GREAT! Got any bids on it yet?
 

kd0giz

Member
Jun 8, 2010
259
New Liberty IA
EngCo4 said:
Wailer;
ACTUALLY.....


The siren on MY Jeep is a rather deep single tone! Very much


like a Q without the coasting! You are thinking of the twin-tone


siren that looks the same (variation of the side vents) which has


a shrill high tone.


My siren is NOT a Model 77. I have one of these , though, in my


stock as a back up. It is a very old Model 66GH. Same motor, but


a much different tone. (again, check the side vents)


It sounds VERY nice when I crank it up next to my Seagrave which


has an early Q2 (not a B) .


Am considering mounting the 77 on my Ford-Darley since it already


has a Southern VP electronic siren.


And the Wheatland Jeep looks like it has a later Model 66 on theirs.


The vent pattern is different, but the tone should be low. The 77s


hve two more sets of vents cut at slightly different angles that give


it a higher pitch tone. These were used more on PD cars.


BTW...Wheatland's Jeep looks GREAT! Got any bids on it yet?

Already been sold to a guy in Wisconsin. Sold for $4000.00 with everything except the radio.
 

Henry455

Member
May 21, 2010
513
Houston, TX
The Wheatland jeep appears to have a Federal model EG, not a model 28 (painted 66). Unless the photo of EngCo4's jeep is playing tricks on my eyes, I have to agree with Wailer, it sure looks like a high pitched 66GH with the rear cover missing, A 66GH is MUCH higher pitched than a model 77. I do not consider the 77 to be a high pitched siren. It has a 8 port and 9 port rotor, thus dual tones. The 66GH, and model 28H, have 16 ports in lieu of 8 ports on the standard 66 and 28.

 

EngCo4

Member
Oct 12, 2010
205
USA Virginia
Good pics! Yes, my 66GH was originally complete with the


chrome rear end and pedestal. The rear was badly damaged


and the pedestal ws no good, so I got rid of them. The front


is still chromed. All I know is that mine has a nice low tone


very similar to my Q. I just know what I have...


And the 77 I have seems more shrill (double tone). Again, just


might be the particular ones I have. (Picked them up 2nd hand)


Hey! It's all about having fun anyway!


One other comment of note...I have seen a few of these in 6 Volt


wired up and run on 12 and they SPIN UP! A couple of guys in


the antique society that I belong to have done that with no ill


effects other than a REALLY high tone! :D


Mine are, however, correct 12 Volt models... They both came with


their plates (although were just barely readable).


Hope this was helpful...
 

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