SOHS Volunteers Restore 1946 Fire Engine

This blog will document the progress of the rehabilitation and preservation of a 1946 Ford Fire Engine once owned by the Ashland Oregon Fire Department. The Fire Engine was donated to the Southern Oregon Historical Society in May 2017.
History of the Amphibious Fire Engine

John Darling intereviewed Ben Truwe and Rick Black about SOHS's fire engine. We hope you'll read all about it! 

ADT Article | Medford Trib

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Fire Engine Open House! (at 3263 Biddle Road (at Lawnsdale) just south of the Medford Airport).

The radiator was re-cored, and six leaks in it were repaired.

A Brake Job is our first priority.
Here we're working on the front brakes.
The master and wheel cylinders and rubber parts will be rebuilt and reinstalled.
Our second task was to remove the radiator
and have it cleaned out.
We also drained the old gasoline and pulled out the tank.
Rick and Ben Meet Tow Truck -
Fire Engine towed out of the field
Dick's Towing gets the FE in the
air and ready for the ride to Medford
Our Workshop near the Airport
Workshop - Lots of space
The Workshop
Backing it in the Workshop
Ready for some TLC


Old canopy ripped to shreds by weather Volunteer Kitsy W giving FE a bath It looks Nice and shiny when wet One of the 14 hoses found in back
Hose Reel behind Cab Instrument Panel and Directionals Glass broken on instrument panel Fire Extinguisher, hoses and axe!
Volunteer Garrett checks rear storage After unloading the hoses - empty! Siren looks like it's ready to sound Seat looks pretty comfy
Volunteer Ben taking initial photos Lots of "junk" surrounding the Engine Seems like it's all there Driver's compartment not very tidy
Rear compartment had 14 hoses! Fire Engine body made in Portland Same Flathead V8 used in Ford Cars Has been animal's nest for years