A 1941 Chevy Southern pumper fire truck that served Greer Fire (SC) has been re-built in its entirety with old parts, many original, or refurbished.
“It’s the completion of a dream,” Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey said. “The biggest part is done. We’re so fortunate the business and public made this possible. We really wanted to have it ready for (Oktoberfest) and this car show.”
The truck will make its formal public debut during the holidays and the Greer Christmas Parade, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.
In reality, Harvey’s dream came true about 5 p.m. Friday, the last day possible Miller’s Professional Car Care could possibly have worked on the fire truck. The truck was detailed with stripes and decals and buffed as the final acts before its first public presentation at the Benson Classic Car Show at Greer First Baptist Church Saturday.
Gerald Davis is among a group of associates that have worked tirelessly on the project. Wallace Sumner helped with the fabrication of the body. Scott Streetman provided the tires . . . “There have been a lot of great people involved and the sponsors have helped enormously,” Harvey said.
Davis was the fire department’s official photographer for nearly decade. “This truck is beautiful,” Davis said. “There are a few specific things we need like transmission bearings and a flywheel. We’re hoping the donations continue to come in.”
The truck will be offered for schools and businesses to display and learn fire safety.
Greer City Council will be invited to see the culmination of a project it green-lighted Oct. 26, 2011 when Harvey announced owner Allen Cullum was offering to donate the truck back to Greer, including transportation, from his Texas home. Cullum, grandson of Greer businessman B. A. Bennett purchased the truck for recreational use. “We’ll at least bring it to council and show them what has been done,” Harvey said.
Harvey said Cullen and his family have followed the restoration by visiting during the process. A plaque will reside with the truck to honor Margaret Cullen, for whom the Allen Bennett Hospital was named and recognizing the family’s contribution in this project.
No public monies have been used in the transportation and restoration of the truck.
Want to help?
Contributions or information are directed to:
Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey
103 W. Poinsett Street
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