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1928 Ahrens Fox Piston Pumper

This Ahrens-Fox NS-4 was supplied new in 1928 to East Providence Rhode Island and remained in service until 1986. It was one of the biggest and most powerful of the Ahrens-Fox piston pumpers available. The NS-4 is one of three fire trucks built with the P Model engine, a 1200 cubic inch engine which is rated 140 HP, and it is believed to be the only survivor of those three. This fire truck has undergone an extensive restoration under Steve Litten and his team of expert restorers. More recently, Alec Davis restored the monitor, which is the truck mounted nozzle fire fighters attached to the hose to provide a "high-flow fire stream for a quick knockdown." From engine, clutch and pump, to the original paint scheme with real gold leafing and pinstripe details, the 1928 Ahrens-Fox exudes all the beauty and power of its original state, and still maintains the ability to pump water efficiently. The large chrome-plated sphere regulates the pressure created by the pistons, allowing water to flow in a steady stream. The Model “N” was the most popular model produced, the “S” referred to the shaft drive, and the numerical suffix “4” denoted pump and hose with booster tank. 

The Collection on Palmetto
  1. 1886 Benz Motorwagen
  2. 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile
  3. 1902 Locomobile Stanhope B
  4. 1904 Pope-Waverley Electric Chelsea Runabout
  5. 1904 Cadillac Model B
  6. 1906 Winton Model K
  7. 1906 White Model F Steam Car
  8. 1907 Northern Model C
  9. 1908 Locomobile Model E
  10. 1908 Schacht High Wheeler
  11. 1910 Stanley Model 85
  12. 1910 Stanley Model 70
  13. 1911 White Model GE-75
  14. 1912 Stanley Model 73
  15. 1913 Stanley Model 64
  16. 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48
  17. 1913 Cole Series 60 Roadster
  18. 1914 Ford Model T
  19. 1914 Fiat Typo 55
  20. 1915 Peerless Model 48
  21. 1915 Stanley Mountain Wagon
  22. 1925 Stanley SV
  23. 1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 Phaeton
  24. 1952 Allard J2X
  25. 1918 Cretors Popcorn Wagon
  26. 1928 Ahrens Fox Piston Pumper