The first truck with a ladder and chemical liquid tank, able to serve as a firetruck, was the 1915 Ford Model T, with a Runabout body and equipped with American La France equipment. Very successful against small fires, these vehicles were later produced specifically as firefighting trucks for Ford in Ohio under the brand name “Prospect Fire Engine Company”. Prospect’s “Deluge” was the most popular fire apparatus of the day. In 1919, a 1 Ton, long chassis Model T without doors and windshield with full firefighting equipment started working in Ford’s Highland Park factory firefighting department with a Runabout body.

In 1917, a “Model T” chassis was extended to begin Ford’s truck manufacturing operation. In 1920, Ford’s 1 Ton capacity trucks were named “TT”, short for T-Truck or Ton-Truck. The 1919 Prospect Model SL, equipped with Deluge equipment capable of pumping 250 gallons of water per minute, was optionally fitted with pneumatic tires and high-speed rear axle. In 1924 Ford attached a hose trailer with gun carriage wheels to its firefighting trucks.

Purchased in the United States and currently the only truck in our Museum, this 1947 model is from a series which actually began production in 1942. The light-duty models were called the “Tonner”, the conventional cab models were named the “Regular” line and the cab-over-engine truck models, with the engine below the cab, were named the “C.O.E.” line. Widely used in wartime, this body’s most commonly produced chassis with 158 inch wheelbase and 1.5 Ton capacity was manufactured also in 2 Ton and 2-speed differential models. With larger rear tires than the front and heavy-duty 18 rear leaf springs (including 6 stiffening truss), most of these vehicles, including the 798T here, were used as fire apparatus.


  • Model Series 62
  • Model / Body Number 50 – 62 / 6267
  • Body Style Convertible Coupe
  • Year 1950
  • Origin U.S.A.
  • Production Total 6,986
  • Passenger Capacity 5


  • Engine 331 V8, OHV, Gasoline, 331.1 cu. inch, 2-barrel, 160 bhp, 3800 rpm
  • Bore x Stroke 3.81 x 3.62 inch
  • Transmission Automatic (Hydra-Matic), 4-speed, column shift
  • Top Speed 95 mph
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph, 15.5 s
  • Body / Frame Steel, Fisher / Steel, box section, X-member
  • Suspension Front Independent, coil springs, shock absorbers
  • Rear  Semi-elliptic leaf springs, shock absorbers
  • Electrical System 6 Volt, 90 Ampere
  • Brakes Hydraulic, 4-wheels drum
  • Wheelbase 126 inch
  • Overall Length 215.9 inch
  • Overall Width 80.2 inch
  • Overall Height 62.7 inch
  • Shipping Weight  4316 lbs
  • Front / Rear Tread 59 inch / 63 inch
  • Tires 8.00 x 15