Used Cars Duluth Mn – A Southern California man is trying to sell a 1935 fire truck that seems to have been used at Park Point. “1935 Ford D-Gas Fire Truck Engine Duluth Minnesota Water Pumper Parade uses WOW” wrote Chris Estep of Vista, California, on an eBay list posted last week.
By telephone and by email, Estep said he knew a little about trucks outside of what he had learned from the previous owner. He bought it a month ago from the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, a non-profit organization that has sponsored adult and youth sports leagues in San Diego “since you were born,” according to his Facebook page.
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But the club told him that it had been built for Duluth firefighters, Estep said. The corroborating evidence is a 1985 letter from Roper Pump Co. in Commerce, Ga., to M. Peterson in San Diego who identified the pump for the truck that was built in 1938 “for Duluth Fire Department, Duluth, Minnesota.”
Estep also submitted a 1995 letter from Captain Jerry Keppers, author of the book “Fire and Ice: A History of the Duluth Fire Department,” responding to questions about trucks from Kevin Peterson from North Central Adjusters.
According to the 1936 Fire Department annual report, the truck cost $ 475 plus $ 1,740 for firefighting equipment so that it could be used as a special special fire truck, writes Keppers. But the 1938 annual report said that the truck was renovated as a “hose car” with a booster pump to replace the old hose truck at Park Point. It was replaced at Park Point in 1958 and “removed from service” in 1959, according to Keppers’ letter.
The 1935 truck was the only Duluth unit to be given a new pump in 1938, writes Keppers.
“I don’t have a serial number for this vehicle, but I’m sure this is our old unit,” he continued.
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, which did not respond to questions via email and did not include a telephone number on its website, showed two old fire trucks on the site. They are used to represent clubs at parades and at charity events, he said. “This is NOT a fire truck that isn’t in place. They can’t respond to fires and neither old geezers drive it.”
When he saw the truck, he was emblazoned with “OMBAC Fire Dept.,” said Estep. The sales contract requires that he delete “O” and “C,” so it is no longer identified with Old Mission Beach. So, now is the MBA Fire Dept. “That means nothing,” Estep said with a laugh.
Estep parked trucks outside his business, a collection of antiques and goods stores called “Vista Trading Post,” to attract customers, he said. The tow truck driver who drove him said he got more “thumbs up” than for anything he had transported, Estep added.
But he also bought it to sell it, put it in just under $ 20,000 or the best offer, and also put it on Craigslist. That’s what he did.
“I buy and sell cars that are very cool,” said Estep, who also buys and sells toucans, rainforest birds with very large and colorful beaks.
He would like it if someone from Duluth bought the truck, Estep said. But many of the vehicles he sold were eventually sent abroad.
“Most of them go to Russia or Japan,” he said. “There, they cost four times as much.”
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