I Think Maybe I Should Buy This Lodestar

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  1. Chris Cooper

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    A buddy of mine located this near where he works, and it turns out the owner wants to get rid of it:

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    Trouble is, it doesn’t run, it’s 40 miles away, and the owner doesn’t know a thing about it: engine, trans, nothing. He did mention $5K OBO, though.

    Obviously, I have to go check it out, but I’m short on time right now so I thought I’d post it up & see you all might know about it. I know it’s an old fire truck, I’d guess it has a 392 & maybe a 2-speed out back, but just guesses. The gearbox I won’t even take a stab at.

    I really have a soft spot in my heart for this thing, and the soft spot in my head is telling me I should pursue it.
     
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    Pretty cool ol' bamba-lance. Very unique and looks to be complete and in sound condition. You should totally buy it!
     
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    Not much to go one with one pic. Looks cool though. Just seeing a pic it almost appears like it was foriegn meat wagon. Not saying it was, just looks like it. Front clip indicates it should be V8 gasser. 345's were pretty common in the lighter duty loadstar but who knows. Should be Pre 72/73. Mid 60's maybe earlier . Possibilities with that thing could be endless. Unsure about 5k not running but still a very nice find and worth a closer look.
     
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    Id buy it then put a tilt hood on it !
     
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    Yeah, I realize, but it's all I have for now. Trouble is, I'm worried if I go check it out in the flesh I'll be more susceptible to making bad choices. Fire trucks in my experience tend to be low mileage, rust free, and well cared for: the M715 I have is a former fire truck, and it's in great original condition. If that Lodestar turns out to be a low-mileage, rust-free truck, I've got a real problem on my hands: I KNOW I'll come up with a reason I can't live without it.

    Other info I forgot to include: it's a Lodestar 1700, with a narrow roll-up (IIRC) door on the back, and wooden boxes behind those doors you see.
     
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    I'm not sure what I'd do with it, Jeff. No idea. Maybe buff it out & sell it when good sense returns.
     
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    You think that's ambulance? It looked too big to me.

    That would make low mileage even more likely, it seems to me: I bought a '77 Dodge M886 ambulance with 13K almost-certainly original miles on it. The way it ran, handled, the pedal wear all testified to that mileage. It looked kind of rough, but it was like driving a time capsule.
     
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    Thought the same but you might be right, probably more of a support type vehicle???

    Well, you're basically walking into a bar asking a bunch of alcholics if buying a beer is a good idea. :beer:

    Of coarse it is!! :laugh:

    Kidding aside, go look at it. Doubt there's people lined up for something like that. If you have the space lowball it and see what happens if it's half as intact as it looks.
     
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    I thought of that alcoholic/bar analogy when I posted this up, but I figured that was the risk I was taking.

    So not a truck with broad appeal, then? I was wondering about that-- thank you.
     
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    +1

    Looks like a neat vehicle.

    Can you post some more images? Not just the outside, but engine compartment and interior.
     
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    There should be some more on the way, after my buddy who works next door to the truck gets back to his house.
     
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    Right after I posted:

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    Big ole Leece-Neville alternator ! Cool. Big winch 50 ton ? 5 speed direct .
     
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    That is one oddball shift pattern, with 1 & 2 right next to each other.
     
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    I found this in Wikipedia:
    "After World War II, Gerstenslager began producing custom-built mobile units such as Bookmobiles, fire rescue vehicles, dental units, canteens, mobile X-ray units, mobile hospitals, as well as mobile television units used by the major networks. The company also built vehicles for the United States Postal Service. In the early 1950s, Gerstenslager designed five Wienermobiles for the Oscar Mayer hot dog producer. In the 1960s, the company expanded to make parts for the automotive, truck and agricultural industries."
     
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    When are you getting it? :balloon:
    $5000 seems high to me, but I'm super cheap.
    If he has a title, the engine turns over by hand, and you want it, I'd bring cash, be polite, and offer $2200.
     
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    I don't know what you would do with it, but it is cool! And clean!
     
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