1926 Ford Model T Fire Truck

Summary

The Model T's versatility made it a suitable platform for fire trucks. Its affordability made T-based trucks popular for small towns with modest budgets. This 1926 truck, adapted for firefighting by American LaFrance, served Milan, Michigan, for 12 years. Milan tradition holds that Henry Ford, charmed by this T, gave the community a new 1938 fire truck in trade for it.

The Model T's versatility made it a suitable platform for fire trucks. Its affordability made T-based trucks popular for small towns with modest budgets. This 1926 truck, adapted for firefighting by American LaFrance, served Milan, Michigan, for 12 years. Milan tradition holds that Henry Ford, charmed by this T, gave the community a new 1938 fire truck in trade for it.

Artifact

Fire engine

Date Made

1926

Creators

American LaFrance Fire Engine Company 

American LaFrance (Firm) 

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

United States, New York, Elmira 

Creator Notes

Model T made by Ford Motor Company; customized into fire engine by American LaFrance.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

38.337.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Steel (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)
Leather
Gold leaf

Color

Red
Black (Color)
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 7.6 ft

Width: 5.5 ft

Length: 16.1 ft

Inscriptions

Sides of truck marked in gold: MILAN FIRE DEPT. Sides of seat marked : MILAN / VOL. FIRE DEPT. / (followed by list of names of officers.) Plate on dash marked: AMERICAN-LA FRANCE FIRE ENGINE CO. / CHICAGO, ILL. Chemical tanks: AMERICAN-LA FRANCE FIRE ENGINE CO. INC. / ELMIRA, N.Y. Hood marked twice: M.F.D.

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