This nicely preserved Jeep Fire Engine built by Boyer Fire Apparatus of Logansport, Indiana in 1947 is now on display at Hose 5 Fire Museum in Bangor, Maine. Formerly in service as Portage Lakes Fire Dept. No. 3, the CJ-2A has a beautiful custom paint job featuring a "PL" logo on the rear panels.
The Jeep is in working condition and fully equipped (220K JPEG). It's a real traffic-stopper when it's parked outside the Hose 5 Museum, housed in a former fire station built in 1897 on State Street in Bangor.
The small Boyer Jeep plate (220K JPEG) on the dash carries serial number J188. The front-mount crankshaft-driven Barton pump (290K JPEG) is C49532.
The Willys serial number (220K JPEG) is 105327. According to the Boyer Jeep Fire Engine Production List J188 was sold by Boyer through Maine Willys Sales Co. in Camden ME.
The original carbon tetrachloride pump extinguisher behind the seat has been replaced. See more details in photos taken inside the museum, courtesy of Ryan M. at the CJ-2A Forum (260K JPEGs):
Boyer J132 was originally sold in 1947 through Roy Fisher Motor Co. in Oklahoma City, to the nearby small town of Luther, OK. In 2005 it sold in an eBay online auction for $12,500.
The Willys serial number is 73757; like J188 above, the Jeep is a 1946 CJ-2A. The engine is original and has been rebuilt, and the Barton U-40 pump is also apparently in good shape.
The paint and interior are very clean, and said to be original, but some pieces of equipment such as the ladder and the carbon tet extinguishers are missing. The Jeep was a pretty bare-bones version to start with; apparently Luther (population 612 in 2000) didn't think they needed a siren or fancy paint.
The missing ladder allows a good look at the overhead rack. Other detail photos include:
This 1947 Boyer CJ-2A is now part of the Omix-ADA Jeep Collection assembled by Al Azadi, founder of Omix-ADA Jeep Parts. The Boyer serial number is J186, and I have now included it on the Boyer Production List. The Willys serial number is 114429.
An unusual detail on the Jeep is the location of the siren and extra set of driving lights, on the front bumper. They are visible in this photo taken at the SEMA 2012 show in Las Vegas by Michael Simari, courtesy Car and Driver.
Thanks to Gary Dreyer, Dave Logan at Omix-ADA, Paul Tower of the Hose 5 Fire Museum, Ryan M. at the CJ-2A Forum, and Michael Simari. -- Derek Redmond
See a photo of J180 (100K JPEG) in a parade in upstate New York.
See also J118 in New Jersey.
There are more CJ-2A detail photos in Boyer CJ-2A Fire Engine in Brazil.
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