1923 Graham Brothers Fire Truck
Emergency vehicles have always had a special allure to many collectors with ambulances and police cars always drawing a crowd. Among these life saving vehicles are fire trucks, which are always sure to delight both young and old alike at any show or parade. Perhaps that’s what makes this 1923 Graham Brothers fire truck so interesting. Not only does it represent state-of-the-art fire fighting technology in the early part of the twentieth century, but it is also a stunning truck that turns heads wherever it goes.
The Graham Brothers truck was built under an agreement with Dodge Brothers, who supplied the chassis, running gear and drivetrain for all Graham Brothers trucks. Work began on this truck in late 1922 and it was first titled in 1923 when it was sold and placed into service in Wisconsin where it served faithfully for many years. The main fire fighting components on this truck are a Peter Pirsch Model C2 unit featuring twin chemical tanks, hose reel, fire extinguishers, and ladders. In a dedication to its authentic restoration this truck is trimmed with real gold leaf pin striping, just as it was back in the day. No fire truck is complete without the sights and sounds that go with it, and this Graham Brothers truck does not disappoint with its bright lights and loud siren that can be heard from several hundred yards. The restoration work on the truck and unit are impeccable as noted by its fine appearance. Power for the Graham comes from its original Dodge Brothers big four-cylinder engine fitted with an electric starter and three-speed manual transmission. Stopping power comes from two large rear wheel mechanical brakes. This truck runs and drives very well having seen only parade and display duty since its return to glory.
Recent maintenance on this rolling piece of history includes having the oil pan removed, cleaned, and a drain plug installed. Repairs were also made to the oil level float and the engine was tuned up. The emergency brake lever and gear ratchet were also welded and new teeth were cut for reliability. All work was performed at the Dragone shop by our experienced craftsmen. This Graham Brothers fire truck is ready to serve on the show field or the local parade. It is a fun and reliable vehicle that is sure to delight people of all ages while offering a unique view of fire fighting history in action.