VIN: B95F1177 condition: excellent cylinders: 8 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas paint color: red title status: clean transmission: manual type: truck
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This 1960 Mack B Model B95 fire engine originally served the Skokie FD where it was featured in a Mack fire engine advertisement (photo attached). After retiring as Reserve Engine 5, a group of 7-8 Chicagoland firefighters and Chicago FD dispatcher purchased the rig and formed the Engine 87 Club. Together they created a replica of Chicago FD Engine Co. 87, including the installation of the massive front bumper off an actual Chicago FD rig.
Engine 87 was purchased by a fire chief in 2009 who had always admired it. The chief had an extensive overhaul performed by a company who had just restored a B Model tow truck. He has this Mack's entire electrical system gutted and replaced, and replaced the radiator and exhaust. It became part of a fire history display inside a heated fire station.
I purchased Engine 87 in 2015 and it performed just fine in the 4th of July Parade in Kirkland, IL. In 2016 I had its starter professionally rebuilt and replaced the choke cable to ensure that she'd start up quickly and run reliably.
This truck runs on gas. It has all working turn signals and emergency equipment including the mechanical Mars Commander siren under the bumper, bell, horn, and Mars 888 and DX-40 "football light". This rig has a rich history and deserves to be seen once again in parades and at fire musters.
Items to be noted: The two front tires are cosmetically good and could probably last for several more years with moderate use, but the front right is starting to show signs of the need for replacement. There is a 6" separation of the seam along the left edge of the driver's seat. The cab does not have a headliner but looks OK without it. The rig has no body damage. Around the exterior there are some small paint chips here and there including a 5" section of paint chipped off the automatic radiator louvers. The undercarriage looks good. There is some rust on the sheet metal beneath the passenger side compartments, however the compartments have been internally reinforced with wooden "floors".
The engine has a 300 gal booster tank and a pump originally rated at 1000 gpm. This past weekend we put water in the tank and engaged the pump. The pump sounded good but we couldn't get water to discharge under pressure. A pump mechanic who inspected it in 2015 says everything is there to make it pump again.
Engine 87 can be inspected anytime. It is located in Big Rock, IL in a building near US-30. Please email for additional info and photos and arrange inspection. Storage is available to the buyer at $200/mo.
Historical info: Chicago FD purchased ten 1956 Mack B Model pumpers delivered March 1956 that were originally assigned to engine companies 1, 7, 13, 27, 60, 78, 81, 108, and 113. The two Skokie FD Mack pumpers were delivered as a pair in 1960. The Mack pumper that was originally assigned to Chicago FD Engine Co. 7 in 1956 (CFD apparatus #D-300) was reassigned to Engine Co. 87 in 1958 to provide an engine with a booster tank for vehicle fires on the Chicago Skyway. That Mack engine remained with Engine Co. 87 until the company was reorganized as Flying Manpower Squad 1 in 1969. D-300 was then reassigned to Engine Co. 82 from 1969-74 and to Engine Co. 75 from 1974-76 before becoming a shop spare. The two Skokie FD Mack engines ran for many years as Engine 1 and 2 (what would now be Engine 16 and 17) before being taken out of front-line service in 1978-79. Both of the 1960 Macks were initially retained by Skokie FD as reserve engines, one of them eventually being sold to the Engine 87 Club.
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