02/15/09 238 W, 1 I - + 15 - 14 Youngsville Engine 43 (Updated)

Seen this afternoon at a towing company on Three Sisters Road outside Knightdale in Wendell. Youngsville Engine 43, a 1963 Chevy/Darley pumper of unknown model year. A reader has since provided the model year and other information: "It's a 1963 Chevy. 327 cubic-inch engine with electric fuel pump. 750 gallons-per-minute WS Darley pump. 500 gallon tank. The truck passed the annual service test every year it was tested. It was purchased in 1963 and cost the city of Youngsville just a little over $13,000 including all the equipment. This was one of WS Darley's best pieces of apparatus. About 1998, the truck was sold and with only about 5,000 miles on it. It was used exclusively as a city pumper and had very few hours on it. It was the first "new" engine for Youngsville. Before this truck, all the city ever owned was used and almost worn out equipment. Mr. Jimmy Allen was fire chief in the 1960's and he took very good care of this truck. Nearly every day he went by the fire station, to see that the tires were pumped up and ready to roll in case the city had a call. This truck stood by during his graveside funeral service. His white helmet sat on the hood, just behind the old siren. Chief Allen and this truck (his truck) were both hard to replace." Learn more about the Youngsville Fire Department. Click to enlarge:

Judging from the grill, it is around 1962, give or take one. It is the same grill that was on Yrac #1 (291) which was a 1962 Chevrolet/ALF. Looks a little like Darley body work.
DJ (Email) - 02/16/09 - 11:08

There were a bunch of Darleys from this period around. Morrisville, Durham Highway, and Knightdale had them. Morrisville bought two more later. Several of the pumpers that Atlas built had Darley pumps (they were actually pretty good pumps).
DJ (Email) - 02/17/09 - 23:56

Are they going to restore the unit or what. I would hate to see it just rust away.
Christopher Young (Email) (Web Site) - 02/26/09 - 09:40

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