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Lake Ridge, Gary, IN E2
Fire Engine Photos
No: 23048   Contributor: Joe Usselman   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: American LaFrance   Country: United States of America
Lake Ridge, Gary, IN E2

I belive this engine is retired now.

1982 ALF Century 1250gpm/500gal

Photo: 6/24/2009
Picture added on 26 April 2010 at 08:57
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Wow,what more can I say but I think I'm in love.She's sleek,round in the right places,lovely rear end,and that front,wow that front.A few noisy bits on her to with those growlers an horns,what more can I say but I love her.Great picture Joe,keep em coming mate.

Added by Pete Matten on 26 April 2010.
Unmistakably classy American La France - hope that she is preserved, as a Parade Engine, maybe.

Thanks for capturing this fine rig.

Regards, from Canada,
Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 28 April 2010.
The epitimy of the classic American pumper. Along with enigmatic Crown, these American La France apparatus summed up what must be a classic era over the pond.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 31 July 2010.
In 1982, when this was built, the basic design was already nearly forty years old.

American La France originated the idea of mounting the engine behind the front axle, thus shortening the wheelbase and providing two rear facing seats either side of the engine behind the front seat. This meant that four crew could ride in comfort - and under a roof it it had a canopy cab - and only the other crew members had to stand on the rear step.

It also accorded very easy access to the engine for maintenance, and was a design which was gradually adopted by every other custom fire engine builder in the US and Canada.

The Century series, as pictured here, was the last of this style, and had a wider body behind the front doors - an innovation which was introduced to increase the rather tight width of the rear seats. It was available in four or five person two door open or canopy styles, or as a six or seven seat four door sedan style.

Both ERF and Dennis copied this configuration for their Snorkel and TL chassis, primarily to permit a low height cab, and Hino developed a similar chassis with two sets of seats ahead of the front axle for the same reason.

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 June 2018.
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