1986 Ford C8000 Fire Truck hauler. Designed in the style of mid-1960s race car haulers used by many racing teams of the period, this Ford-chassis, Grumman-bodied and Caterpillar-powered diesel is now a car hauler that used to be a fire truck. Ford make this cab style from the early 1960s to about 1988, so you get the appearance of a much older truck with a newer chassis. The truck features a rebuilt Ford/Caterpillar 3208 634 CID turbocharged diesel V-8 engine, making 250 horsepower and hooked to an automatic transmission. The final drive ratio was changed so that the transporter, loaded with a car and towing a 12,000-pound trailer containing another car, will travel at 75 miles per hour (Note: there is no trailer is included with the truck). The rebuilt engine has new belts, gaskets, hoses, fuel lines, pumps and brakes. Rebuild was completed seven years ago and since then, the truck has made many cross-country trips to various vintage auto rallies, including the California Mille, Copperstate 1000 and Run to the Sun, without incident. Besides hauling two entrants to the Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday Concours in Palm Beach, Florida in 2011, the truck was displayed near the show field at Mar-a-Lago and received a lot of attention. Truck has such driver’s assist features as power steering, power four drum air brakes (new) and electric trailer brakes. There is a two-horsepower diesel auxiliary generator on board that powers to multiple 110v outlets, runs the air-conditioning and charges the house batteries. While the three-person tilt-cab was manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky, conversion specialist Hodges Custom Haulers created the body, which will hold any width car, but the vehicle cannot be taller than 60 inches. Car deck is an all-aluminum beaver tail with in-floor lighting and has a fully enclosed rear aluminum deck with canvas openings at the front and bank for easy access and loading. There are also a 12,000-pound, remote-controlled winch for easy loading, four large storage lockers under the deck and two-piece all-aluminum loading ramps. Its red exterior shows good patina. Cab, roof, doors, fenders and cargo area are all in good shape. Exterior is festooned with stickers and graphics. Previous passenger side windshield wipers left scratches on the glass. The 10-lug black steel rims are shod in Goodyear G395LHS 11R22.5 tires in front with Michelin XDN Grip 12R22.5 tires in back. Inside, the black seats, carpet, headliner and dashboard are all in good shape, as is the steering wheel. Truck has air-conditioning and a JVC AM/FM stereo with CD player. Truck comes equipped with town and air horns. Truck comes with full instrumentation, a Citizens Band radio and all of the gauges work as designed. Much like the Volkswagen Beetle, the annual changes to the C-series trucks were slight. In the 1980s, as Ford began adding its blue oval logo to all models, the C-series gained it in 1984, where the old cog-and-lightning bolt crest used to be.

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Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States