Auction to benefit ’48 fire truck restoration

The 1948 Seagrave was showing its age after 40 years of service
to the City and County of Dubuque. –
Photos courtesy of Jim Weitz
Antique Fire Club
of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa is honoring one of its retired ‘firefighters’ with a total restoration. A 1948 Seagrave 100 ft aerial ladder (Tiller) fire truck served the city and county for 40 years. Restoration is well under way. Overseeing the project is the nonprofit Antique Fire Club of Dubuque, comprised of active and retired firefighters from throughout the area.
An auction to benefit the restoration will be held Saturday, May 2.  Some very rare and desirable fire truck and fire department items will be auctioned by S & S Auction Co. of nearby Sherrill, Iowa.
All items are from the personal collection of Jim Weitz and the City of Dubuque. A partial list includes: Gamewell streetboxes, brass fire nozzles, Santa Rosa nozzles, a very rare Minimax Type A extinguisher, several styles of vintage extinguishers, Cerns style helmet, Federal fire truck sirens, Oscilite Model 25 light, Miller non-freezing pump type brass extinguisher with bracket, Gamewell fire alarm, house gongs, Gamewell register, 1924 Fire Alarm Telegraph Equipment Catalog, nozzle holders, hose caps, backpack water cans, Harrington Seaberg siren switch, Seagrave steering wheel center, American LaFrance and W.S. Dorley gauges, brass Cooper Hose Leak Stop repair fitting, SurvivAir SCBA unit, fire hose with hall rack, aluminum attic ladder, ladder pipe brackets for old wooden ladders, Crouse-Hinds Co. fire ground lights, several aluminum fire truck steps, American LaFrance emblems, water cans and soda-acid extinguishers, Robert Shaw oxygen kit, K 12 saw, various tools and wrenches, and rubber fire coats.

The live auction will begin at 5:00 p.m. May 2 at Courtside on Holiday Drive in Dubuque. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. with a bake sale, silent auction, live music and more.

Once restoration is complete, the old hook and ladder will be turned over to the citizens of Dubuque and Dubuque County. The Antique Fire Club will continue to maintain and preserve the truck.

For more information about the auction contact Mike Spoerl, S & S Auction Co., 563-552-2866, cell 563-513-7107.        

For more information about the Antique Fire Club and its restoration project contact Jim Weitz at

The old firetruck’s total re-do is well under way.

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One thought on “Auction to benefit ’48 fire truck restoration

  1. jim Lopez

    Awesome, I am looking to see more pics of the engine? I too have a restoration project, mine is a 1951 Sea grave the motor is in need of work. I’m looking for any assistance in information. Thanks


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