Featured in the book: "Young Fire Equipment". Serial #83939635 Engine #T137*23247 Retired from the Wendelville Fire Company in 1995 with only 13,000 miles. I fixed it up mechanically and plan to preserve it pretty much as-is.
Album by dave horvath. 1 - 24 of 102 Total. 5420 Visits.
2 Photo of truck as delivered new in 1954 by Young Fire Equipment Corporation in New York to the Wendelville Fire Company.
3 Here is a shot of Wendel as purchased in 2007.
4 Thanks to Jeff Dudas for selling me this great truck!
5 The diamond plate brush steps shown in photo #1 had been removed and the bumperettes painted silver.
6 Well-preserved door signage.
7 Original interior is in great shape. Steering wheel looks brand new.
9 "Young" emblem, and what is believed to be a socket for a trickle charger to keep the truck ready to head out from the fire house at a moment's notice.
10 In 1954 the 230ci. engine produced 91 net hp @ 3,200 rpm. or 103 gross hp @ 3,600 rpm. Horsepower was boosted by redesigning the exhaust manifold. The GVWR was 8,700 lbs. before the heavy-duty springs were added.
11 Dual spotlights manufactured by Unity, still in business today.
12 Engine runs well with a rebuilt carburetor and new old stock fuel pump. Will also get NOS governor from Vintage Power Wagons.
13 Rebuilt E7T2 carb
14 Sandwich style governor
15 Tons of new parts that came with the truck including brakes, water pump, bushings, oil seals, hoses, emblems, etc.
16 Thanks to Chris Wetherell for picking up the truck. Chris has plans for the fire body.
17 Chris removed the main pump from the frame between the cab and fire body. Wendel also had a pump for filling the tank from streams, creeks, etc.
18 Fire body removed, revealing a clean, straight frame and a very heavy spring pack (16 leaves plus helper springs).
19 Here is what's left of the diamond plate running boards. This section will be removed also.
20 Chris arrives in Morgantown, WV with Wendel in tow.
21 A shot of Wendel headed up the hill to our house (taken from the back of Joel Folman's PW).
22 Wendel arrives with a brand new set of Michelin 11.00x16 XZL radials (thanks to Michael Verst).
23 Front axle will get a pair of refurbished Warn locking hubs.
I just bought a 1954 Dodge Power Wagon Fire truck. I was wondering if you still had the red light from the top of the cab mine has been replaced with the wrong one. Thank You! - Bruce Goebeler, Mon, 10 Jun 2019 3:14PM
Hello Dave Wendell looks real good, and you'er commingright along with him.My 56 p/w is still stting in the drive way, I;m still looking for shop so that I can start to work on it insted of playing around in the driveway. keep up the good work Bill Gibson - Bill Gibson, Wed, 19 Sep 2007 8:13AM