Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Raising Engine 11" Update

Work is progressing on the Raising Engine 11 project.   Chief Roberts found the old bell for it and has returned it to its’ rightful place and we thank him for it.  We have secured much of the small equipment needed to put it back in its’ original form.  PPG Industries is donating the paint and supplies to refinish the body and Retired Battalion Chief Jeff Holbird of the North Charleston Fire Department has agreed to lend his talent in painting the truck.  Chief Holbird is a master with a paint gun and we are excited that he is helping us out.  He is known in this area as a builder of many street rods and other cars and one of his paint jobs recently sold on the Barrett Jackson Auction program.  Liberty Art Works in Missouri has agreed to produce two chrome ceremonial axes with “Remembering the Charleston 9” emblem to be mounted on the truck.  We intend to disassemble the truck during August.  We are taking all of the running boards and other tread plate off of it to sandblast and powder coat in a high gloss silver.  We will also powder coat many of the brackets, handles, rails and other accessories courtesy of the Austin Services powder coating shop in Summerville.  Let us know if you would like to contribute a buck or a hand.  It is a worthwhile project. Click on the "Raising Engine 11" photo in the right column of this page for more details on this project.

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