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were retained, along with the power

steering system, gauges and switches.

The interior was stitched by Lenny

Quail of Littleton, NH. Twin five-inch

exhaust pipes dump the spent fumes out

the back from under the tailgate. Except

for the dual 20-gallon fuel tanks, rear

fenders and headlights, this hot rod was

mostly built in-house by Jay and Glenn.

“The crew of the Mt. Washington Cog

Railway also helped us out with some

machine and fabrication work on the

front suspension parts,” Jay added.

When asked about the most difficult

part of the build, Jay quickly said, “All

of it!” Because everything on this hot

rod was so heavy, Jay and his crew had to

use a telescopic handler (a cross between

a crane and forklift) with a 44-foot reach

and 25,000-pound capacity, to move

things around – the engine and tranny

weigh about 4,000 pounds and the rear

end is well over a ton. The lift was also

needed for the countless trial fits that are

necessary on a project of this size.

It took 1,100 “non-union” hours of

labor over a span of 2.5 years to finish

this truck – and make no mistake, it’s a

driver. Jay said, “The most rewarding

part of this hot rod is taking it out for a

spin and watching the reaction we get

from the kids – they love it!”

It’s a safe bet that Jay’s unique

creation would get a big smile and a

thumbs-up from Ed “Big Daddy” Roth,

as well. Progress may have marched

on without the two-stroke Detroit, but

Jay’s red screamer is certainly helping

to keep its memory alive.


The Detroit Diesel is a two-stroke

design, which requires a supercharger to

move the air through the heads, but this

bad boy has a huge factory turbocharger

sitting on top of the blower for a bit more

squeeze. The power of this engine is

rated at 424 hp at only 1,900 rpms, with

a stump-pulling 1,100 ft. lbs. of torque.

Jay also used the factory front and rear

axles from the old ladder truck – the rear

is a Rockwell filled with a 4:64 gear set,

which easily supported the 50,000 lbs. of

fire truck.

Jay engineered and fabricated the

frame out of quarter-inch steel, and also

did all of the electronics and plumbing.

The suicide front suspension is very

similar to one Jay had on a 1934 Chevy,

but on a much larger scale, supported by

a custom spring rated at 5,000 pounds.

Glenn did all the metal fab design and

paint work. Fred Ingerson, a certified

bridge welder, oversaw the frame build

of the two-foot “Z” section, in back

of the cab, to make sure it was strong

enough to safely handle the powertrain

and pass a mandatory state inspection.

Jay chuckled when he mentioned that

there is over 60 pounds of MIG welding

wire in the frame alone.

Looking for the perfect cockpit for

his red screamer, Jay found a somewhat

rust-free ‘46 Ford pickup cab on E-Bay

and had it shipped to Twin Mountain

from southern LA. Glenn fabricated the

rear bed before he squirted everything

with 2009 VW Jetta red paint. Rolling

stock on this 10,000-pound hot rod rig

consists of 24.5 tall rubber on polished

aluminum rims. The original air brakes

10-4 Magazine / April 2016