2015 - Volume #39, Issue #5, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Mini FiretruckI built a mini firetruck for a local parade. It started life as a Craftsman 16 hp. mower. I replaced the blown Briggs & Stratton motor with a 621cc Kohler, and then added some hot rod parts – a blower hood scoop that works off the throttle, Harley Davidson short mufflers, and a deadman switch on a tether cord. I mounted an old fire department siren on it and “wig wag” LED lights. Friends made the hose beds and ladders. It sounds awesome and goes very fast because I used pulley ratios that give me up to 40 mph. I made a tandem axle that’s supported by independent suspension. That way the drive wheels are always in contact with the ground. The 10 by 20 8-in. wheels were finished off with chrome mags. It’s loud, fast and red! (Ed Brouwer, Osoyoos, British Columbia)
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