On Sunday morning our 1939 Mack and U1388 traveled to Pennsauken, NJ along the Cooper River and Park Drive to attend the annual muster of the Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus Association Muster. This was our first time in attendance. We have our original Engine which received a major upgrade in 1980 to 1981. It was stripped down to bare metal, repainted, all chrome removed and re-plated, new valves for the flathead 6 cylinder engine, rebuilt the 4-speed manual transmission, total rewiring, and a new muffler was installed. Following that it recently had new front tires, new brakes all around, all wheels were repainted, and the original seats were recovered by a shop in Moorestown, and was returned to its as delivered condition with the removal of the turn signals.
This engine as purchased by the Deer Park Fire Company in 1948 when we were incorporated from the Cheltenham Fire company right outside the City of Philadelphia. We have kept her running and in good condition ever since and she served as a first out pumper from 1948 until 1970 when she was re-assigned to the Cropwell Station which was our substation and now serves as our headquarters station for Rehab 13/Deer Park Fire Company.
The “Little Mack” as she is called was built in 1938 and not delivered to Cheltenham Fire Company until 1939 in Long Island City, NY. For many years we thought that she was a Junior A Mack but after making an inquiry to the Mack Truck Museum we found out that she was a Model 40S – Serial number 4002. There were 67 trucks of all types built on this chassis and (5) pumpers were sent overseas from the Port Of Baltimore. Based on information from the Mack Museum she is the only known survivor in the front mounted pump open cab chassis still in existence in the USA.
Take a look at the photos for some of the other antiques attending the show. Enjoy the photos.
Great job by the members on getting her ready for the show and attending the muster!!
Photos by T. Kraft and J. DiLullo