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Detroit Fire Department Ladder 6
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 No: 6993   Contributor: Neil McCarten   Year: 1977   Manufacturer: Sutphen   Country: United States of America
Detroit Fire Department Ladder 6

Detroit, MI, L-6
1970 Sutphen
1000 / ? / 85'
Photo taken 6/77
Picture added on 22 March 2008
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Neil, is that red thing at the back part of this truck or something else, thanks, , , , (I LIKE it by the way, and the bell and clear lens 360 degree beacon).

Added by Pavel - Western Australia on 28 March 2008.
My guess is that red thing is part of the bucket, on the end of the aerial....

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 11 November 2008.
Pav, it looks like plumbing for a monitor.

Added by John Stott on 11 November 2008.
It looks like a Hahn Cab with a a sutphen aerial

Added by Greg on 02 October 2009.
Hahn Fire Apparatus (1923-1989) of Hamburg, er, in State of Pennsylvania, USA; that is. Built their custom chassis' - also other commercial trucks, too.

And, thanks, Greg - that was going to be my question - as to the manufacturer.

Regards, from canada,
Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 05 October 2009.
Ok thanks, So what year did Sutphen start making their own custom chassis?

Added by Greg on 03 March 2010.
i have a 1972 han fire truck and looking for a manual for service and repare of the equipment
{pumps ect}
regards Fred Bond {england}

Added by FRED BOND on 02 June 2010.
This is DEROIT's 1970 Ladder # 6.
It is a 1970 " SUTPHEN " 85 Foot Ladder with a Rescue Bucket on the end. The red Thing's on the back are the two turret nozzles! The chassis is a tamden axle SUTPHEN with a TCM (Cincinnati- cab)
They were a cab manufacture that sold them to Sutphen,Hahn, Etc! SUTHPHEN started making their own Custom Cabs in the mid '70's.(Same with HAHN).
This truck was retrofitted with a 1000 GPM (U.S.)Pump two years later. The box and lattice style ladder was designed by Sutphen.

Added by George Frankenfield. on 02 June 2010.
Wonderful photo Neil. It's always a welcome to see glorious machines like this appear now and again. I have a soft spot for Crown pumpers.

Added by Andy Middleton on 02 June 2010.
A real classic. Along with the bell and clear-lens "bubble-gum machine" goes the big Federal Q siren, which is still de rigeur on most US fire engines. See description at
www.fedsig.com/product/index.php?id=111

Added by Mike Feldman on 03 June 2010.
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