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1947 FWD COE Crew Cab e Bickle/Seagrave
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No: 37135   Contributor: Robyn Gray   Year: 2014   Manufacturer: Seagrave   Country: Canada
1947 FWD COE Crew Cab e Bickle/Seagrave

This is my 47 FWD COE 3 door crew cab with a Bickle/Seagrave pumper body! I of 2 remaining that were originally built for testing without the pumper body by the US Army. The war ended and the 2 were fitted with the Bickle/Seagrave pumper bodies and served the Blenheim, Ontario Fire Dept for years. The other one was scrapped and I now own the only one! Only 20,000 miles. Starts in 40 below with no block heater and goes through 3 feet of snow idling! They don't build them like they used to! Robyn, Winnipeg, Canada
Picture added on 17 January 2014 at 08:09
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That's a great find Robyn, have you any plans to restore the vehicle or to leave it as it is? Thanks for sharing.

Added by Paul Warnock on 17 January 2014.
Amazing save for such a unique truck! Quite an advanced design in 1947, with the semi forward control configuration and fully enclosed crew cab. Maybe you can send in a photo when the weather gets better, so we can get a look at her without her white hat?

If I may ask, what kind of pump and tank capacities does she have? And why only three doors?

Added by Rob Johnson on 17 January 2014.
I am undecided as to restore it or not. It is in great shape save for a little rust. Everything works, even the early era radio. The patina is incredible and the top of the roof is white under the snow. I will be shooting a video of it running and will post it soon. As to the specs asked, I will try and supply that info. It was 43 below zero this morning, I bet it starts!Thank you. Robyn

Added by Robyn Gray on 23 January 2014.
Robyn, now that I've searched to find out what the word 'patina' means, I vote you leave it exactly as is except for any obvious rust removal, , , , this is a real BEAST!!?? :)

Added by Pav on 24 January 2014.
Robyn - personally I am all for keeping it in its present condition, subject to fixing anything that really needs attention, of course. I think fire apparatus with the patina of use (and that unique smell!) are so much more satisfying than restorations which make them look as if they had just left the factory where they were built. Good luck with it whatever you decide!

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 January 2014.
Would love a good photo, or several, of this unique truck to add to our collection at the Canadian Fire fighters Museum.

Added by Will lambert on 28 June 2016.
Hello Robyn, I thought I would check in on the status of your truck. I would enjoy learning more about it. Thanks, Tim

Added by Tim Wright on 10 September 2017.
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