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    Fire Truck

    Has anyone every dismantled and scrapped a fire truck. I have opportunity to buy several and am just wondering if they are worth it. Seems to be quite a bit of brass. BTW these are 1980's 1990's models not the old small fire trucks.


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    We had a firetruck in our scrape yard and the content of aluminum,copper and brass was unbelievable. The back half of the truck was all aluminum and a tremendus amount of cast aluminum...You cant go wrong if you have purchased them where you can make a profit.

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    Kris Kringle - These firetrucks would be purchased from local government that has taken them out of service and I would have proof of ownership. The prices range from $1500 to $2000. We are using a 16 ft. trailer so the bodies would need to be cut anyway. We will scrap all of the metal, but my main interest is the copper and brass.

    junkdude1959 - Can you give a roundabout figure of the weight of the metals and total weight of the truck in your yard? Obviously different models will have different amounts of the metals, but if the weight of the truck you had was enough to make a SIGNIFICANT profit at my cost I imagine that most trucks would be worthwhile.

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    I myself may be junking a fire truck conversion...came across this. So the pumps etc are worth quite a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M923 View Post
    I myself may be junking a fire truck conversion...came across this. So the pumps etc are worth quite a bit?
    Really depends on the age and manufacture of the pump, an older pump could just be scrap value.

    Who is the manufacture of your pump how many gallons per minute and how much pressure will it put out.

    The majority of corporations work off a budget, equipment is depreciated over a number of years then regardless of condition is replaced. And this is how we end up with a surplus market, no one wants this sheet.

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    Copy that! It’s an army 6x6 that later was surplused to the Forest Service. I’m guessing pre 1999 as it’s an M939 series truck with no ABS, and with NDTs

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    Quote Originally Posted by M923 View Post
    Copy that! It’s an army 6x6 that later was surplused to the Forest Service. I’m guessing pre 1999 as it’s an M939 series truck with no ABS, and with NDTs
    Sounds to me like it was used to transport water to the suppression crews with the back pack squirts ( peeeze tanks ) putting out hot spots.

    Last edited by Proton; 08-10-2018 at 08:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weebler76 View Post
    Has anyone every dismantled and scrapped a fire truck. I have opportunity to buy several and am just wondering if they are worth it. Seems to be quite a bit of brass. BTW these are 1980's 1990's models not the old small fire trucks.
    Never a fire truck but once did a septic tank truck a few members here may remember that truck. I had fabricated a tow bar to haul it over to Jacks behind the crane truck, cut the top half off of the tank then filled it up with scrap.

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    That’s quite a story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M923 View Post
    That’s quite a story!
    You enjoy a good tale Eh, here's a link to the Gustavus thread who eventually became Biscuit the two merged before going on vacation again. Back again as Proton.

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/vehi...us-thread.html

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    Never knew the term existed anywhere beyond the town of Gustavus, Alaska...

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    Quote Originally Posted by M923 View Post
    Never knew the term existed anywhere beyond the town of Gustavus, Alaska...
    When I named my daughter was sure to add Gustava into the mix,
    Origin of Gustava: Swedish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proton View Post
    You enjoy a good tale Eh, here's a link to the Gustavus thread who eventually became Biscuit the two merged before going on vacation again. Back again as Proton.

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/vehi...us-thread.html
    This is the thread I remembered so well. The amount of information and the variety of subjects was motivational and became a cornerstone for my challenges. I am sure many envy your adventures and lifestyle. Thank you for sharing.
    As a scrapper I hope to return more to society than I use.

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