This 1954 International R185 fire truck was built by Rick Weyand in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. Rick came across the old fire truck at a junk yard next to the crusher. He started by removing the factory chassis and replacing it with a 1978 Ford F-350 dually chassis. On that he installed an air bag suspension on dropped I-beams up front and a back halfed rear with a Chassis Engineering ladder bar and heavy-duty panhard bar. The roof has been chopped 8 inches and to match the proportions the mirrors were also shortened. Rick then installed a bed from another International truck which had 10 inches removed from the center so it would fit between the rear wheels. Under the hood sits a 1978 Ford 460 ci V8 with new heads and aluminum intake. That is backed by a C6 Corvette automatic transmission and Dana 60 rear end with 4:11 gears.
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