Federal Model 78

gtpts27

Site Regular
When I received this unit it was missing a few pieces, needed to be reassembled, and needed some adjustment. It's not perfect - the clutch still doesn't always disengage on short burts (likely due to bearing indentations on the ramp from previously being over-tightened) - but it's far enough along to share a video.

 

bpollard

Member
Very, Very Nice.

I wonder if the people who designed and marketed this were thinking of it as a piece of innovative and creative thought and design. Or did they simply look at it in the same manner that we, today, look at a 100 watt speaker, electronic siren amp, and a couple of LED lightheads?

Maybe i think too much......

Bob
 
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gtpts27

gtpts27

Site Regular
Very, Very Nice.

I wonder if the people who designed and marketed this were thinking of it as a piece of innovative and creative thought and design. Or did they simply look at it in the same manner that we, today, look at a 100 watt speaker, electronic siren amp, and a couple of LED lightheads?

Maybe i think too much......

Bob
Good question. I know I see it as the former. Will be interesting to see how todays lights are viewed in 50-75 years.
 

Phillyrube

Senior Member
Great light!! I picked one up a few years back and John Dorgan restored it for me. It was to be a 'legacy' piece to be mounted on our squad truck, and passed down to the next one. Department went up and sold the squad, about the time we were going to swap out the Q. I ended up selling it off, at least I didn't lose money on the deal.
 

Maxim2Eng

Premium Member
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Great light/siren! I prefer the PropelloRay to the SolaRay any day. Just curious, does the label indicate the rear light (78BR)? Regardless, a great find and excellent addition to your collection.

Back in the 40s/50s when these were first used, it didn't take much to get motorists attention, and these were like all-inclusive lightbars of the 70s. The dual tone (frequencies) of the siren was meant to be heard by even the most hard of hearing. So I would say, yes, Federal was thinking of design and innovation. In 50 years, we won't be driving anyway and self driving vehicles will automatically yield to emergency vehicles!

Here's mine (also restored by Sirenman) displayed in the garage where I can wind it all the way up (with ear protection of course)!
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gtpts27

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Great light/siren! I prefer the PropelloRay to the SolaRay any day. Just curious, does the label indicate the rear light (78BR)? Regardless, a great find and excellent addition to your collection.

Back in the 40s/50s when these were first used, it didn't take much to get motorists attention, and these were like all-inclusive lightbars of the 70s. The dual tone (frequencies) of the siren was meant to be heard by even the most hard of hearing. So I would say, yes, Federal was thinking of design and innovation. In 50 years, we won't be driving anyway and self driving vehicles will automatically yield to emergency vehicles!

Here's mine (also restored by Sirenman) displayed in the garage where I can wind it all the way up (with ear protection of course)!
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Beaut!

Rear light option isn't labeled on badge but I'm fairly certain it's a reproduction badge. Badge just has straight 78 on it. Unit doesn't have a brake, so is an 'A' model. Not sure if 'A' was typically left off badges (and just 'B' added when applicable) or if lack of 'A' on badge is more proof badge is a repro that wasn't fully stamped.

And yeah after I wrote about 50 years in future it did come to mind that emergency lights may very likely be obsolete/unnecessary w self-driving cars. Of course that won't change that today's lights will viewed as vintage then.
 
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