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1928 Ford Model AA Fire Truck Is All You Need to Hose Down Next Year’s Parties

It didn’t take long for the automobile to make its way into every type of human activity. Shortly after Ford began making cars in bulk, automobiles started getting diversified and adapted to whatever the needs of the moment were. And that included fire trucks.
1928 Ford Model AA Prospect Type R Pumper 10 photos
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Technically, the first self-propelled, steam-powered fire engine was built in New York in 1841. This form of locomotion was around well until the 1910s when companies like Ahrens-Fox or Mack Trucks started making such purpose-built machines.

Actually, Ford did not make such specialized vehicles, but the platforms developed by the Blue Oval could be converted to pretty much everything. The star of this piece, for instance, was once a Model AA from 1928, but it now proudly displays the colors and equipment of a fire engine.

Model AAs were the trucks Ford made from 1927 to 1932. Based on the Model A, they were as-simple-as-they-get pieces of machinery, making them ideal for conversions.

This AA was turned into a fire truck in the hands of a company called Prospect Fire Engine, based in Ohio. The truck still uses the stock 201-ci (3.3-liter) engine, which back then was rated at 40 horsepower.

It is fully equipped to handle even modern-day fires, as it comes with suction hoses, ladders, tools, and even some sort of fire extinguisher and lanterns. Putting out fires with it is, of course, not recommended, but it sure makes for an interesting addition to any fair or party people have planned for next year.

That’s what the owner of the aptly called 1928 Ford Model AA Prospect Type R Pumper must have thought when they listed it for sale on Hemmings. With about a week left until the auction ends, the highest sum someone is offering for it is $18,500, which doesn’t really meet the reserve set by the seller.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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