For 36 years, “Annabelle,” a 1937 Seagrave, serviced Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Since 1973, the truck was used to water crops, then found its way to an antiques dealer and then to a collector, ThePilot.com reported.
But in 2010, a father and son saw “Annabelle,” saw where she was from, and have been working to get her back home and thanks to the students at Sandhills Community College, she’ll be restored, too.
One problem — the college’s facilities were too small to house all of Annabelle.
“I thought this could prove to be a fantastic learning experience for our students, plus it allowed them to participate in a unique project that touches their community. We decided to restore in it pieces, allowing our students in our painting and refinishing, special finishes and non-structural damage classes work on the firetruck.”
Each semester, different portions of the truck were brought to Sirotek Hall as students learned about repair and refinishing.
Other members of the community and members of the Pinehurst Fire Department were busy restoring chrome, gold leaf lettering and striping on the truck per exact factory specifications. There were mechanical repairs, and some had the task of tracking down or restoring items like ladders, bells, nozzles, extinguishers, wood decking and many other details of Annabelle.
Annabelle’s new duties include being in parades.
ThePilot.com’s full story, including how the antique Seagrave got her name, is here.
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