Firefly Restoration crew 1997

Andy Swift

Firefly Restoration, restoring
antique fire apparatus...

Andy Swift is the owner of Firefly Restoration. His business is in Hope, Maine. Most of the restored fire vehicles on these pages are from his shop. I am a subcontractor for Firefly, applying the gold and hand painted decoration. We have worked together for 30 years. He knows his stuff.

Andy Swift preparing to transport a 1870 Amoskeag steam fire engine for restoraton. Firefly steamer lantern Firefly Restoration buildingAndy Swift and Richard Hunneman testing steam fire engine. Firefly Restoration crew; Peter  Achorn, Andy Swift, Rob Saucier, Ken Soderbeck, Larry Balchen, Tom Hopkins, Ed Ward and Andy Swift on left.Firefly Restoration yard with Amoskeag steamer and Ahrens-Fox pumper.Firefly Restoration parts trucks and steam traction engine.Inside Firefly Reatoration shop with two American LaFrance fire engines.Andy Swift in Firefly Restoration shop with 1898 Gorter water tower.Andy Swift and Tom P. tuning 1939 American LaFrance fire engine.Larry B. and William R. with Northville Farm American LaFrance 1924 Ahrens-Fox piston pumper and Firefly Restoration.

    Andy coordinates restoration projects in his shop with a small crew. He uses specialists for certain aspects of the job such as machining, woodwork, upholstery, plating and my decoration. By bringing in experts in these fields, Firefly produces a very high quality restoration. This is how the original fire apparatus factories operated, with different departments of specialists. Besides full restorations, Andy sells antique parts and whole vehicles on occasion. He also does consulting and many other related activities.
    Firefly Restoration is located at:
805 Barnestown Road,
Hope ME 04847.
    Andy can be reached at:
or phone 207-763-3827.

Firefly Restoration crew 2002Firefly Restoraion shop with steamer parts decorated by Ken Soderbeck and Maxim frame.
19th and 20th century fire engine wheels at Firefly Restoration.Firefly Restoration shop and yard.1931 Ahrens Fox restoration delivered to lighthouse.Ken Soderbeck and Andy Swift at Firefly Restoration with Case steam traction engine and Amoskeag steam fire engine. Mainer Andy Swift dresses up to deliver 1924 American LaFrance fire engine.Gorter water tower deck with mechanics half installed.
NYFD fire badge for hand Engine Co. 55 1897 American LaFrance hose wagon restoration donated to FDNY in memory of 9-11 FDNY 1897 American LaFrance hose wagon at Firefly Restoration

    Andy Swift organized a memorial project for the Fire Department of New York after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Firefly Restoration donated the restoration of the hose wagon seen above. It has been rigged to be used as a funeral caisson by the members of the FDNY.  Ken Soderbeck did the decoration, and more photos are on his page. Below is another project Firefly Restoration did for the FDNY. When the fire boat John D. McKean celebrated its 50th year of service, some of the Firefly crew went to NYC to dress the boat up. Andy is shown polishing the bow gun. I painted a new Maltese Cross on the smoke stack.

Andy Swift polishing deck gun on FDNY fireboat John D. McKean.Polished deck gun on FDNY fireboat John D. McKeanFDNY fireboat John D. McKean with Maltese cross painted by Peter Achorn. 50th anniversary display th FDNY fireboat John D. McKean
John Peckham and Andy Swift backing up an American Lafrance senior 400 fire engine Tom Hopkins of Firefly Restoration polishing the smoke stack of an steam fire engine. Larry Balchen and Andy Swift with a green American LaFrance Firefly Restoration shop with steam fire engine Vesuvius.John Peckham, Andy Swift and Ken Soderbeck at Firefly Restoration with an Amoskeag steam fire engine.
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