After seeing other photos of the Arlington Heights engine I had to go over and have a look at that piece! It was a long way to go from the construction of the chassis to being placed in service by A.H.F.D. Here is the information regarding the apparatus:
Arlington Heights OH Engine 11
12-94 WhiteGMC Chassis
1-96 Conversion to 4 door cab by Fontaine
1996-1998 travelled the U.S. (primarily on the west coast) as a demo chassis
12-98 Converted to a pumper by Sutphen
2000 Sold to Arlington Heights
1500 GPM - 500 Tank - 30 Foam
Serial #HS 3387
Steve Hagy photo.
Thanks for the info regarding Arlington Heights engine. Having looked at the engine I could not figure out why a department would spec such a chassis. I saw quite a bit of modification to create a two door Xpeditor into a crew cab. The history of this truck explains it quite well. How do the guys at AHFD like it?
The firefighter that positioned the apparatus there was quite happy with this pumper. The crew cab was nice, with a good amount of room. I climbed into the rear and had a look around. I think the real drawback on this was the fact that the crew cab isn't a factory option. This cab/chassis configuration would be nice if it could be ordered factory direct. Too bad there aren't more of these around!
It looks like the Autocar Xpeditor name is still alive. A company called Grand Vehicle Works has purchased the name and tooling necessary to produce this truck. More can be found at www.gvwholdings.com
They also own Union City Body Company and produce the Workhorse line of chassis used in delivery vans and motorhomes.
St. Clair Township at Williamsdale OH Engine 11
1000 GPM - 1000 Tank
Serial #HS 2518
The plaque on the side of the apparatus (just below the deluge gun) attests to the fact that this was the last piece of apparatus constructed by Sutphen using a tilt-cab Ford chassis! Steve Hagy photo.