The transition from steam to gasoline powered fire apparatus began with steam engines being pulled by motorized tractors. By 1910 motorized fire engines were being produced by all the major manufacturers. Fire apparatus evolved and improved along with other gasoline vehicles. Fire engines needed to be large, heavy and fast. Several mechanical innovations were developed first on fire engines and then later used on commercial trucks.
When this 1921 Seagrave engine arrived for restoration it had many coats of varnish on top of the original paint job. The varnish had darkened over eight decades. It appeared to be a dull khaki green with gold and brown stripes. When the varnish was removed, we found a light gray body. The brown stripes were actually a lavender-gray color. What a surprise. I gilded and painted the stripes and lines on this vehicle. The fancier ornaments were done by Ken Soderbeck.
Click on the names or logos below to see pages showing restorations of these separate brands of engines: