Chapel Hill’s 1980 Mack… Was Almost a Seagrave

Mack CF pumpers were popular trucks in these parts. Chapel Hill had a 1980 model… that was almost a Seagrave. Here’s that story.

After soliciting bids for a new pumping engine that year, the town awarded the contract to Seagrave for $112,832.35. The other bidders were Central Mack Sales in Raleigh, Howe Fire Apparatus, Jack Cocke and Co. in Alabama, and Jack Slagle’s dealership in South Boston.

One year later, the town learned that Seagrave had filed for bankruptcy. And no apparatus would be delivered. In December 1981, Central Mack Sales was awarded the revised/replacement bid.

Price of $116,817 for model number CF 686F (12)-1398, which was a stock truck. Delivery in 20 working days. 

See minutes below, and later-decade photo from Lee Wilson. 

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