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NJ Memories/Jan 2024

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January 01, 2024 | NEW JERSEY TOM DAYSPRING, Correspondent
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In 1930, Paterson Truck Company 2 received a 1929 Ahrens Fox Aerial Truck, 85-6-1 (Serial # 2046). It had solid rubber tires on the rear of the tractor and pneumatic tires elsewhere. At that time, they did not trust pneumatic tires to carry the weight of an extended aerial. The apparatus is shown below in Eastside Park in front of the Christopher Columbus statue. It had a curved radiator and hood rather than the gable style and its cowl was streamlined, and the grab handles were "C" shaped instead of the traditional tear-drop design. It had Vesta style Searchlight on driver's side of tractor. Its wheels were the Clark steel-disk type. The rear tractor tires were solid rubber, but all the other tires were pneumatic. It was transferred to Truck 1 in 1931 (photo with Dalmation).

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TOM DAYSPRINGCorrespondent

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