The LFC Blog Walk-around
Here we showcase some of the LFC's most recent built Lego fire related MOCs!
In this edition of the walk-around, we have the privilege of featuring a rather unique classic rig by the one and only LFM! Typically, the walk-around exhibits brand new rigs; however, because of this particular MOC, we will now re-designate the section to showcase brand-new builds :p In a world where we see plenty of 2019 Pierce Arrow XTs and Spartan Gladiator war wagons, it is definitely refreshing to see an antique fire apparatus. This pumper is built on a White 3200 chassis and is equipped with a 750 gpm pump and 500 gal water tank. At this point, I would like to thank LFM for providing the photos as well as the following information about the rig!
About Van Pelt:
P.E. Van Pelt, Inc., of Oakdale, California, was the largest west coast manufacturer of fire apparatus. The firm originally was a Dodge sales agency. In 1923 Van Pelt built its first fire engine at the request of the Oakdale fire department. Two years later Van Pelt formed a separate company for the production of fire apparatus. By the 1940s Van Pelt had become the leading builder of fire apparatus on the west coast.
Van Pelt developed a business relationship with the White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and built a substantial number of apparatus using White conventional and cab-over chassis. Most notable of these was the streamlined White 3000 Series cab-over engine model.
In 1978, Van Pelt was purchased by the Farm Machinery Company, better known as FMC. Van Pelt continued to operate under FMC until 1987 when FMC moved all of its operations to Florida and shut down Van Pelt production for good. Over the course of five decades, Van Pelt built more than 3000 pieces of fire apparatus. Almost all of these served on the West Coast.