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1923 Stutz model K3 triple combination pumper with 500gpm Northern pump

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If you have ever heard of the Stutz Bearcat, you know that the name Stutz has a solid reputation for quality and style. As a USA made company, the Stutz Fire Engine Company produced a limited number of apparatus to outfit departments across the country. The Model K, or affectionately called the "Baby Stutz" due to its' size compared to bigger trucks built by other companies, was nothing more than a Stutz Bearcat on a truck chassis - sharing the 4 cylinder Wisconsin T head engine and familiar radiator. The story behind this rig is really fascinating and was one of the reasons I couldn't pass it up. Much like my other fire engine, the Stutz replaced a horse drawn pump in the small community of Robinson, IL. in 1923 to help the area protect its growing populace. I have a few newspaper clippings from the time including meeting notes describing the votes needed to acquire the truck, as well as a few pictures of it in service.

I found her in a field in Minnesota, having been transferred there from a wrecker yard where she had been slowly sinking into the ground amongst the "too cool to crush" stuff the owner had spared for 30yrs until his passing. She now sits in my yard - under watchful eye of my urban neighbors who may or may not think I have a collecting problem ;-)

I would like to get her running again for her 100th birthday. I will be asking a lot of questions so please be patient and helpful!!
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Welcome to the club! Here's our 1937 Stutz Fire Apparatus.

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/uploads/images/0939e3b3-d4c2-44da-81ff-d8d.jpeg
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That's a great truck ! Ok, both Stutz's are great trucks. It's very cool that you have photos of it from when it was new. 

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Congratulations and welcome.  I'm in MN and would enjoy hearing more.  We have a local ATHS chapter, MN Metro. 

I did not know Stutz used a Wisconsin.  The T head is interesting.  A couple years ago someone on this forum was working on a mid 20s T head in a firetruck.

It looks like the wood spokes survived.  Be careful if the engine is stuck.  I prefer taking the head off to clean the cylinders and maybe stuck valves before forcing something.  Maybe a fiber optic scope might give you a look?

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There is a short article here on a 1923 Stutz K-3 being restored for the Los Angeles County Fire Museum. This is a couple years old so it may be done now. See page 6. 

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FireWarden-Issue-1-2017-web.pdf?fbclid=IwAR149ZkpWOnURzCj1vNYHGj4MP-NpIjpVxF0TuKlqwL_AYLKHG6vPZCp1A8


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Thanks guys, I found a 59AB ford v8 for the Stutz. The original engine is more of a paperweight now than a viable power plant. I will be doing the swap once the weather warms up a bit here in MN.. So, like July or so ;-)


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