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oldraven 
Posted: 03-Nov-2008, 12:47 PM
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We (my two brothers and I) recently made the highest bid for a retired 1976 Dodge Custom 300 pumper fire truck. It only has 7000km on it, and our bid was only $1500. It has a 360, and I assume a 3-spd auto. Perfect for the farm, anyway. Other than a dent in the front chrome bumper, I can't see anything wrong with the body, since it saw so little use. I guess there weren't very many fires in Liscolm (my brother Troy lives there and is a volunteer fire fighter). The siren still works too. thumbs_up.gif It's an air horn, like you'd hear for an air raid, or mine collapse. The only thing is the horn is hooked up to a floor switch, just like the high-beam switch three inches to the left. I could see myself hitting the wrong one at night, and blaring an air horn as I bear down on an oncoming car with my high-beams on. laugh.gif

We're going to use this for the blueberry fields. The three of us are eventually taking over the farm, and this is the start. We'll use the PTO pump and tank for spraying the fields, and with the tank off we can use the flat deck to haul the berries to the shed, about 5km away. As it is now, my Dad has been renting a brand new truck every summer for harvest. That eats up a lot of profits that are already pretty thin, when you hire a sprayer, mower, harvester, etc. Unless you have your own equipment, it's hard to get anywhere with this industry.

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Posted: 03-Nov-2008, 12:55 PM
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With all the trees you have around you,god forbid you should have a fire you'll still be able to fight the fire. Killin' two brids with one stone so to speak. But kiddin' aside Nice looking truck.


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Posted: 03-Nov-2008, 12:57 PM
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With red lights and a siren you should be able to cover the 5 Km in "fairly good time." biggrin.gif

That should last many years as I am sure it had good maintainance.

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Posted: 03-Nov-2008, 01:12 PM
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oooooo my husband is going to be soooo jealous!!!!he's been looking for an oldie but goodie (he is a fire fighter in montreal, one of town's truck "the Bickle" is at the museum in ottawa) for ever!!!!


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Posted: 03-Nov-2008, 08:32 PM
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QUOTE (Patch @ 03-Nov-2008, 11:57 AM)
With red lights and a siren you should be able to cover the 5 Km in "fairly good time." biggrin.gif

That should last many years as I am sure it had good maintainance.

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That would cause a stir at the Blueberry Shed. laugh.gif

Sisterknight, tell your husband that if he ever needs backup, and has a few days, we're there. thumbs_up.gif wink.gif

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Posted: 04-Nov-2008, 06:11 AM
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That is so cool!
I raise a few blue berry bushes for my consumption, and to give away to family and friends, but we've been in a drought for a while and this truck would be great. What a great price too! I've never thought about bidding on one of those but now I'll keep that in mind.
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Posted: 04-Nov-2008, 08:38 AM
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No doubt its had good maintenance, it being a fire truck. The 360 may not have as much pick-up as the diesel engine in these newer trucks, but for what you're going to be doing with it, a powerhouse under the hood is not necessarily needed. That transmission is most likely the indestructible 727 Torqueflite. I'd still swap in a 4-speed stick if it were me though! biggrin.gif


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Posted: 04-Nov-2008, 06:20 PM
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Sounds like the perfect solution for the Blueberry farm. I'm sure it'll pay for itself within a couple of years too! thumbs_up.gif biggrin.gif


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