This retired Jeep fire engine belonging to Lindsay Clark is in good condition but missing most of its original fittings and equipment. The 1950 CJ-3A, serial number 43168, was converted as a fire engine by the Boyer Fire Apparatus Co. of Logansport, Indiana. Note the Boyer-installed front bumper, with the opening for the PTO-powered pump. See a Boyer factory photo (80K JPEG) illustrating how a CJ-3A fire Jeep would have looked when new and fully equipped.
The dashboard carries a Boyer manufacturer's tag just above the Willys information plate (see a closer view of the tag, 20K JPEG.)
According to the Boyer Fire Apparatus Production List this Jeep was originally sold to Western Electric in New York in 1950. According to Rodger Birchfield, "This unit was delivered to Western Electric's plant on Indianapolis' east side for in-plant fire protection. It was probably purchased by the company's home office through Midwest Fire & Safety of Indianapolis, then representatives for Boyer. When the plant closed, the pumper complete with trailer went to a Western Electric campground in Virginia."
The Jeep was later acquired by an employee group at a Reading, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant. With a Surrey top and bench seat added, the Jeep was used in parades by the employees' clown troupe, the "Funatics".
Surviving CJ-3A fire Jeeps are harder to find than CJ-2As, and this one is in great shape with only 2726 miles on the odometer.
The carburetor on the 4-cylinder L-head (flathead) engine has been cleaned up, and it's apparently in good running condition with new points and plugs installed. The battery and fuel pump are also new (and the original fuel pump is still with the Jeep.)
See also a left front view (70K JPEG).
Photos courtesy of former owner Jon Wrap. Thanks also to Gary Dreyer and Rodger Birchfield. -- Derek Redmond
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