This “kei” class fire truck started out as a 1996 Mitsubishi Minicab bare chassis and had a custom fire service body built on it when new. If you lived in Japan, you could buy one of these brand new today, for about $30,000. This one is about as close to brand new as you can get, with ONLY 2500 VERIFIED MILES (4000 kilometers) on the clock.
It’s a front-engine rear-drive layout, 4WD, with a 660cc 3-cylinder water-cooled gas motor. There’s a 5-speed manual transmission in front of a transfer case with selectable high and low range 4 wheel drive. It has power brakes, front disc and rear drum, and power steering.
It rolls on 5.00-12 Yokohama light truck tires with 8/32” tread depth. The light bar and PA system work, along with an incredibly loud siren/bell system. There’s an AM/FM/Cassette radio and a battery cutoff switch.
It’s 10.5 feet long, 4.5 feet wide, and 6.5 feet tall, and weighs 2340 pounds including the pump in the back.
These kei trucks may be small but they’re no toys. They show up on the auctions sometimes with over 300,000 kilometers on them, and they run in tough terrain all over the world. Parts and service are readily available, and they’re mechanically simple enough for DIY owners to maintain.
The fire pump on the back is an impressive machine too. It has a powerful two cylinder two stroke 650cc water cooled 50 horsepower gas motor, with its own starting battery and charger, and backup recoil start. The exhaust system is water jacketed for safety and cool operation, and the pump slides out for easy service access.
Shibaura pumps are well known in the marketplace and well supported by the factory; you can buy the current version of this one for about $12,000.
And what’s a fire truck without a fire boat to tow behind it? This one was made by a favorite Grandpa in Poulsbo, Washington. He used to lead the annual season opening regatta with it. It’s amazingly solid and sturdy and well built. The transom has been extended back a foot or so, leaving the outboard in a protected well and giving room around the motor for storage lockers housing the toy fire pumps, battery, and gas tank.
The motor is a Mercury 5-HP four-stroke that looks virtually brand new. Recoil start, with cable steering and throttle controls at the steering station. There’s a Flojet water pump with accumulator to power the hose nozzles in the bow and stern, blue and white top-mounted lights, and a big chrome horn on the roof. The two folding seats will accommodate 2 adults in reasonable comfort, and they swivel around in case you want to go sturgeon fishing. There are 3 sturdy Samson posts to make tying up easy, along with 6 dinky fenders. The boat is 10.5’ long, 5.5’ high, and 5’ wide.
The trailer is about 16’ long and in very good condition. New tires and wheels, bearing buddies on the axles. It tows straight and easy, light enough that brakes are unneccesary. (Note also that there’s no electrical connector for the trailer lights installed on the truck). Total length of truck and trailer is 27 feet.
https://youtu.be/qKzOToQcmhs 360 Walkabout
https://youtu.be/AFR8uh1Rm1g Cold Start
https://youtu.be/b1lJyI9abXc Drive by
https://youtu.be/wgJTqf7gTLI Lights and siren
Everything works on all the machines, to the best of my knowledge. I’ve driven it in parades, but never put the boat in the water and only fired up the pump to be sure it ran. Same with the outboard. Everything is virtually new and has clearly had practically no use.
All paperwork is in order and both truck and trailer have clean title/registration. It appears that the boat was never registered, and will be sold on a bill of sale. Available for inspection by appointment. I can help with shipping arrangements anywhere in the US or internationally.
Seeking best offer. You get 3 conveyances (fire truck, fire boat, and trailer) with 3 motors, and together they equal your own mini-fire-department capable of putting out a mini-fire anywhere!
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