The interior, with its huge steering wheel so many young firefighters tried to hold on to, looks both functional and elegant. The seats were recovered in red leather and all the gauges and switches were put back to good working order. Even the odometer reads 9/10 of a mile on it. Attention to detail is impeccable and everywhere you look. Pulling the fire pumper out of the garage for this photo shoot, people couldn't help but give the thumbs up, stop and stare, and even pull over to take their own photos. This truck stirs emotion deep within, especially for the two retired firefighters who, in their younger years, served their community on it everyday. In service as Engine One, the truck was referred to as "1489", its equipment number. However, the number one seems more applicable as this is quite possibly the finest example of an early-'50s fire engine in the world. Because of two men's love for the brotherhood of firefighters and their perseverance to see this '52 Mack get back to its glory days, they have unofficially raised the bar for early-model operational restorations to incredible heights.
Alan would like to thank Hoot for working beside him since they were young firefighters, his wife Rita for her 32 years of understanding during the restoration, his daughter, and Wayne Gibson, Hoot's son, who performed the gold leaf, lettering, and pinstriping throughout the Mack.