LETTER: Fire truck rescued

Recently the Sandusky Register did a story on Sandusky's 1938 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. The owner, Douglas Klink, bought it several ye
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Recently the Sandusky Register did a story on Sandusky's 1938 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. The owner, Douglas Klink, bought it several years ago and has restored it to look like new.

What was not said was how badly abused this truck was. This fire truck had been stored for years in the Coca Cola plant on Tiffin Avenue. One day I went into the building and there it was, parked in a corner with all kinds of junk piled on top of it. It was being used as a trash bin.

Some time later an order was given to move it to an unheated building. With no antifreeze the radiator cracked in four places, the engine block and the head cracked. A junk yard could have taken better care of this truck.

There were only 65 of this model made and there is only about 12 left. You really wonder about people who make the decisions to do this.

Paul Wickman

Sandusky