This is a 1960 Van Pelt pumper built on a White 3200 Chassis. It has a 750 gpm pump and a 500 gallon water tank.
About this creation
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.
Quoting Matt Jacobsen
Very nice pumper! It is great seeing you build again. Happy New Year!
I have been building a lot of hand-drawn stuff over the past year. I just haven't found the time to put everything together to put the models on MOC pages. Doing the Christmas post got me motivated to post the rest of the new stuff. Expect to see a lot of really old stuff soon.
Quoting CustomLego FireTrucks
What a unique and accurately-built engine, my friend. Bravo! What made you decide to build such an uncommon (Iíve never heard of this company) model?
I love the look of the White 3000 series. I have only seen one in person and I thought it was just beautiful. It has such clean lines. As for Van Pelt, I have built models of all the major payers and now I can explore more regional and second and third tier players. I have another White 3000 on the way. It is mostly white with some red. This Van Pelt actually was the second White I built. I needed a red White pumper to be photographed in the snow for the 2018 Christmas photo. I wanted a "White Christmas" to be this year's theme.