Using the Information and Illustrations from the previous 2 pages, let's identify the CLASS of the truck pictured on the home page.
1. The truck has only two axles which rules out the CLASSES 100, 150, 155, 335 and 530.
2. The front axle has a differential making the truck a 4x4 which rules out CLASSES 125 (4x2), 135 (4x2), 300 (4x2), 325 (4x2), 500 (4x2), 500WLF (4x2), 525 (4x2) and 750 (4x2).
3. The truck has a front bumper mounted pump which rules out CLASSES 100, 110, 125, 150, 155, 500, 500WLF and 750.
4. The truck has booster hose reels mounted under the left and right front corners of the fire truck bed which rules out the CLASSES 100, 110, 125, 150, 155, 300, 335, 500, 500WLF, 525, 530 and 750.
5. The truck has a pump that does not have a speed increaser mounted between the back of the pump and the engine's crankshaft pulley which rules out the CLASS 135.
We are left, in Army parlance, with a TRUCK, FIRE, POWERED, PUMPER, CLASS 325, 4x4, 300GPM. Further examination of the picture shows the pump, with its pump clutch engagement in the front of the impellor case and the dual outlets and dual control valve handles on the head gate, to be a Darley F-300 centrifugal pump.
Some World War II Army Engineer fire trucks that have survived the last fifty years have been so modified that identification is many cases very difficult and some cases impossible. Anyone with such a vehcle is free to contact us for a best possible effort at identifying it.
A party before representing one of these trucks or trailers as one of the CLASSES discussed here should, before advertising, compile the following photographs and/or information:
1. Full face views of the front, rear and left and right side of the truck/trailer.
2. Close-up photos of front, sides and rear, if possible, of front bumper mounted pumps.
3. Close-up photos of pump control panel of mid-ship mounted pumps.
4. Close-up photos of all builders' data plates, civilian and military.
5. If the photos in 4 above are not possible, then duplicate the plates and their info on paper.
6. On all pumps from builders data plates get:
a. Manufacturer's Name
b. Pump Model Number
c. Pump Serial Number
d. Pump Manufacture Date
e. Pump Type (Centrifugal, Piston, Rotary Gear)
f. Pump Output in Gallons Per Minute (GPM).
This information should be included in an advertisement.
A party considering purchase of an advertised truck in these CLASSES should ask the seller for the information in 1 through 6 above.