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1953 GMC Fire Truck Pumper 9600 ORIGINAL MILES! 248-6 / Minnesota Fire Equipment

Make: GMC
Model: G90
SubModel: Pumper
Trim: Fire Truck
Year: 1953
Mileage: 9,549
VIN: 35326P14236
Color: Red
Engine: 248 Cubic Inch 6
Cylinders: 6
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Loretto, Minnesota, United States

1953 GMC G90 Fire Truck Additional Info:

1953 GMC Fire Truck / Pumper / 9600 miles!

248 Cu. In. Six ~ Starts / Runs / Drives

An easy project to have ready for your parade!

Nicely preserved piece of fire fighting history. This truck is a low mileage survivor and retains most of its original equipment. It was donated to a kids summer camp by a local municipality in 1985, where it enjoyed very light duty. We are offering it for sale for its present owner.

Judging by overall condition, the recorded mileage of 9548 is believed to be accurate. We put on a new starter and fuel pump, fuel lines and fuel filter. The truck starts very quickly and easily, and no choke is needed in summer. Due to corrosion concerns in the fuel tank, we are currently running off an auxiliary tank. Nevertheless, the big GMC straight six runs strong and idles smoothly: The motor feels healthy and unburstable. The transmission shifts fine (five forward, plus reverse) and the clutch bites and holds tight. (Please see links for VIDEOS on youtube listed below! )

So, it runs great, but stopping is another matter: The brakes do not work. We're told there is a leaky brake cylinder, but a prudent bidder will plan on rebuilding all four brakes to be safe. We've been using the big lever action hand brake for stopping. In any case, the tires are shot, so this vehicle will have to be towed or driven onto an accommodating trailer. That said, it will not take much effort to get it road legal again.

The gauges are clean and clear, and (with the exception of the gas gauge) they work: Oil pressure registers strong, the coolant temp has stayed under control, and the ammeter shows that the charging system works properly. The headlights work, but other lights and the windshield wipers need attention. The siren is loud and proud!

The window in the back of the cab is cracked, but the rest of the window glass is very good, with only a little haze around the edges.

There are rust holes in the foot well area of the floors from parking with the door windows rolled down (you can see many more photos on Flikr). These floors are flat sheet steel panels, and easily repaired. There is a neat 50s vintage GMC accessory heater under the dash.

The paint appears to be the original finish. We shined up the front clip for pictures, and the potential is there to bring the color and shine back to life with some buffing to cut through the oxidation. It could look fantastic again with enough elbow grease.

The owner reports that pump the runs and it should function well. We didn't prime it to test it, but the pump controls all seem to operate properly, with the exception of the pump control to drain the tank, which is missing a lever. A manual for operating the pump will be included in the sale. The unit is original to the truck: Waterous model CA-4 (up to 500 GPM @ 120 PSI), made in St Paul in 1953. Waterous is still in business in St Paul, and in the past they enthusiastically provided us with cops of original company sales records on a piece of their equipment from the early twentieth century – Great folks!

There are two hoses. One is a 5” ID, the other is 3” ID, and there is a reducer coupling included.

Overall, this is a nice, solid, honest truck, but there is work to be done, for sure: Brakes, tires, lights, to start the list...We would suggest doing belts and hoses for good measure...The floors should be repaired eventually, though they're not dangerous. A good polishing will work wonders to make it look fantastic...It really only needs light-duty repairs that would make this a great project for a 4H Club, VFW Post, a high school shop class, or a fire equipment enthusiast. The resulting truck will be a beautiful and functional piece of rolling history, perfect for parades or parties.

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Built by Minnesota Fire Equipment Co, North Branch, MN (still in business as “Rosenauer” in Wyoming, MN)

GMC Serial# 353 24 P 14236

“353” = Model 353: 350 Series, Year 1953, 161” Wheelbase (note, we measured WB at 179”)

“24” = 248 Cu. In. Motor

“P” = Pontiac, Michigan assembly

“14230” = Production Number.

(info courtesy of oldgmctrucks.com – Thank You!)

Data Plate Info:

104 HP at 3400 RPM

Maximum Gross Weight: 16,000 lbs.

Maximum Gross Combination Weight: 26,000 lbs.

Pump: Waterous Model CA-4, 500 GPM @ 120 PSI

(Waterous Co. is still in business, St Paul, Minnesota)


Length = 24' ; Width = 95” ; Height = 78”

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