“The coolest toys in the world aren’t practical.” On Buying a Used Firetruck


Mon, Mar 25th, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Gabriel S. of Gecko Designs always wanted a firetruck since he was a kid. At the tender age of 32 and a half, he finally bought one. On eBay. From the Ohio Fire Department. And cheap, too! Now the only problem left, how to get it to Montana. A great read and now I want to drive to work in a firetruck, too.

My 1982 Pierce Arrow came from a fire department in Ohio that was retiring it after 31 years of service with only 47,000 miles.

My post-Subaru-college days are a bit more complicated than they used to be. More specifically, I'm married, have a mortgage and we just had our first child in October. So in November when my firetruck appeared on eBay and I brought up the topic of purchasing a large red truck for the millionth time in our relationship, my wife had more important things on her mind. In a moment of weakness, she angrily said "I guess I can't stop you!" making it enthusiastically clear that she wanted me to immediately buy this particular truck and not pass on an epic opportunity to put a check mark next to a lifelong goal.

So here is where normal people would probably have a conversation about issues of practicality. Just because it's possible to do something doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea. For example, how will I get a 31 year old fire truck from Ohio to Montana? Where will I park it? What will I do with it? What will the neighbors think? Is it even legal to own and drive one of these things? I've never been a good planner and my attitude toward such fun-road-blocks has always been "Who cares! We'll figure it out!"



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