Museum Appreciates Help In Restoring Old Fire Truck



We would like to publicly acknowledge and extend our sincere appreciation for the wonderful help we received recently from a number of our companies in Payson.

The Rim Country Museum has, among its artifacts, a treasured truck (cir. 1943), which was converted to a fire truck to meet Payson’s need at the time. Through its retirement years, the truck has participated in many community events, i.e., rodeo and Christmas parades. As with most mechanical products, maintenance is always a continuous necessity. This was the case with our vintage fire truck but with additional challenges: Not only the challenge of finding parts, but searching for individuals willing to work on it.

We were fortunate to have the following companies and individuals step up to the task and are deeply grateful for their help. Our sincere thanks to: Auto Life Support, Joe Muller, who donated all their labor for the brake and wheel seal work; Big O Tires, Brian Bowman, manager, who discounted tires, tubes and flaps; and, Tim from Tim’s Tire Service for tackling the major issue of mounting the tires on the 69-year-old split-rim wheels. (There’s a story behind the method and work that Tim had to perform to mount these tires, which we will save for another day). And, lastly, to Chuck Jacobs, the caretaker of our vintage fire truck, heartfelt thanks for overseeing the care of this special artifact.

Thanks to all of you, Payson’s first fire truck will continue to roll.

Northern Gila County Historical Society, Inc.

Board of Directors


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