What Am I for Friday 03/29/13


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By Jeff Lakaszcyck - 7 Years Ago
Here is a sharp looking fire truck. Emblem removed. Photo from Bill White.

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/9fe221fc-237b-4336-b17f-7aac.jpg
By eymurphey - 7 Years Ago
Duplex / Zabek
By clyde318 - 7 Years Ago
Think Maxim
By ppsyclone - 7 Years Ago
Definitely Duplex
By Warren Richardson - 7 Years Ago
I agree with Duplex. I don't know about Zabek. Howe?
By tamangel - 7 Years Ago
agree with Duplex Howe , late '50's or so..

Mike W

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By aussiewhite - 7 Years Ago
ZABEK I believe
By MrCat - 7 Years Ago
Agree with Duplex chassis, with Howe Defender body.
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - 7 Years Ago
George Murphey nailed this one right off the bat. This handsome fire truck is a Zabek, and is most likely on a Duplex chassis. Bill White sent this photo, along with the following info:

Zabek Fire Aparatus was located in Palmer, MA and apparently were only in business during the mid 1950's.

Several appratus manufacturers including Howe and Zabek purchased cab components from Chicago Manufacturing. This appears to me why they look alike from the front bumper to the drivers seat

In addition to Howe; Boyer, Maxim, Great Eastern, Duplex & Zabek all used Chicago Manufacturing for sheet metal components.

The chassis used by Howe were built by Duplex. Because the similarity is so great and Zabek's production of apparatus was so small I would say that there is a very good chance that the Zabek custom rigs were also built on a Duplex chassis.

Thanks to Bill for the photos and info.

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/c266fb83-a612-4681-8755-f977.jpg

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/efa50d8c-76f2-4335-b4d7-7784.jpg
By eymurphey - 7 Years Ago
So this is why the quick and sure response. I have recently been updating and adding to my picture files, and one of the files I found that was extremely lacking was DUPLEX. That is why I immediately remembered this picture, I had it in my DUPLEX file.

Here are some others I found both on Howe and Zabek fire apparatus --

N.Thompsonville 1952 Duplex-Zabek-----

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/b9146d39-f00d-4ce3-a43c-8d52.JPG


NJ - ATLANTIC CITY FD ENGINE 3 - 1954 ZABEK - DUPLEX --- believe this is actually the same engine in Jeff's post


http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/0669ac59-02bb-429a-bd6b-c641.jpg


Duplex -Howe

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/c2b7bc97-4f69-4453-affc-ed07.jpg

1959 Duplex-Howe 750-300 G-M


http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/29e54145-880d-48c7-b020-b9c3.jpg


Duplex has been a part of the Fire Truck business for a long time ---

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/b6bcb4d6-c60e-44f8-90e7-0b92.jpg
By John Frances - 7 Years Ago
This picture is on the same forum page as the other pictures, here. It's from a Chicago Manufacturing Co catalog.
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/124bbafb-bbb4-42f8-b929-87f3.jpg
By eymurphey - 7 Years Ago
John Frances (30/03/2013)
This picture is on the same forum page as the other pictures, here. It's from a Chicago Manufacturing Co catalog.
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/124bbafb-bbb4-42f8-b929-87f3.jpg



John --- thanks for posting this with that link! Here is some additional info from that page about this cab ppp

"In addition to Howe; Boyer, Maxim, Great Eastern, Duplex & Zabek all used Chicago Manufacturing for sheet metal components.

Attached are a couple of pages from one of their catalogs circa 1955. This is the Defender cab."