1979 Mack MC / 1958 American LaFrance Aerial Ladder

History: Reserve T36, T16, T1, T5

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Model year 1979 / 1958
Make/Model Mack MC / American LaFrance
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Originally delivered with 1958 American LaFrance Series 700 tractor.


The apparatus was purchased by a speculative buyer in Beaufort, NC. The truck was spotted sitting in a lot, unsold, three or fourth months later. It was subsequently sold to the Wendell Fire Department in Wake County for $5,000 to $6,000.

The new department spent another $6,660 on refurbishing the ladder, which was repaired in places and tested by Underwriters Laboratories. The 1979 Mack tractor had only 40,000 miles on the odometer. Diamond plate purchased at an EEI auction in Raleigh was added to the trailer. Three months passed before the apparatus was placed in service. WFD spent about $16,000 on the truck.

In 2006, the Wendell Fire Department sold the truck to Civietown Fire Department in Brunswick County. One year later, the tiller was found posted for sale on eBay, with a starting price of $13,000.

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Courtesy Richard Adelman Collection

Courtesy Raleigh News & Observer
Courtesy Raleigh News & Observer

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