The Alta firemen's 1947 Chevrolet has taken on a new look thanks to the volunteer efforts of Phil and Allen Jahde.
The Jahde brothers have been restoring equipment for as long as they can remember. In the past ten years, they have expanded their skills by restoring equipment for many individuals and organizations in the surrounding area.
"We work on the equipment when we have time," Phil said. "We always have something going on. If we're not doing something for somebody else, then we're working on something for ourselves. Besides farming, we had to find something else to do."
Phil and Allen have restored agricultural equipment, tractors, classic cars, commercial and industrial equipment, motor vehicles, parts and accessories and marine vessels. They have worked on the Spencer fire truck, greyhound buses and several UPS trucks.
"We have done a lot of different things," Phil said. "We've also done grain trucks, gas pumps and trailers."
Phil and Allen work together in restoring the equipment, which uses a hi-tech paint stripping procedure.
Prior to beginning work on the Alta fire truck, the two men began by removing many items from the body of the truck. They removed the bumper, hood, doors, windshield, box fenders and the wheels. They take the truck apart as much as they can to make sure the entire vehicle gets restored.
Once all the parts were removed, Phil went to work removing one layer of coating at a time through a hi-tech paint stripping procedure.
The procedure uses a safe, non-abrasive method that is free of toxic chemicals in order to remove paint, corrosion or other coatings from aluminum, steel and composite substrates. The process, called Low Aggression Blasting (LAB) is a unique variation of sandblasting, employing a plastic media rather than silica sand or other hard abrasives.
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