This is a 1963 Ford/Young Snorkel truck. It has a 55-foot Pitman snorkel and is built on a Ford C8000 chassis. It is powered by a Diesel engine. It is typical of the many snorkels and other aerial platforms that began to enter the fire service in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
About this creation
The Young Fire Equipment Corporation of Buffalo, New York, was one of the most successful regional apparatus builders in America. The company traced its roots back to the Case Manufacturing Company in 1932. Through a series of mergers, the company became the Caseler Manufacturing Company then the Cayasler Manufacturing Company and ultimately Young Fire Equipment in 1944.
By the 1960s, Young had developed a fine reputation in New York State and the Northeastern United States. Young built its first aerial unit in 1960. This was a 65-foot snorkel. Most of the hundreds of trucks built by Young were on commercial chassis. These included Fords, GMC and International. Young also built its own custom chassis. The most iconic of these was the dramatically styled Crusader, which was built between 1967 and 1973. Young ceased building fire apparatus in 1991.
The Ford C Series remains by far the most used chassis, commercial or custom, for fire apparatus. These were built between 1957 and 1990. These were a common choice for snorkel apparatus. The first snorkel elevating platform was used in Chicago in 1958. The advantages of an elevating platform were readily apparent and very quickly snorkels became popular in the American fire service. They were offered in lengths of 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-feet. By 1980 more than 1000 snorkels were in service in North America.
Quoting Matt Jacobsen
The design of the snorkel is awesome! Does it function? I have been thinking of doing a snorkel for a while.
The boom can be articulated and rotated but it cannot support itself. I have not been able to come up with a sufficiently stable piston system that looks like it should. I am not very motivated to do so since I don't really like snorkels. I prefer Aerialscopes and traditional aerial ladders. Snorkels are historically significant and I appreciate how they changed the fire service. However, I think that they are obsolete given the many types of telescoping aerial towers and platforms that now are available.
I love this truck! If I may give you an idea to make your rear cab windows align with the cab roof...
Make the white pillar only one brick wide; the bottom brick is a 1x1 brick, and on top of it is a modified 1x1 brick with stud on the side. Then make the base of the window a 1x4 tile. Attach a 1x2 brick to the top 1x1 modified brick sideways. Attached to it are the 1x2 trans-clear brick with a 1x2 tile as the rear-most piece. This will make your window/cab rear pillar flush with the roof. :) If you need a picture for clarification, email me at CustomLegoFireTrucks@gmail.com.