This is a 1909 Knox high pressure hose wagon. It was built by the Knox Automobile Company of Springfield, Massachusetts.
About this creation
This is a Knox Model M-2 High Pressure Hose Car This high-pressure hose wagon was built using a buckboard style Knox heavy-duty commercial truck chassis with a flat front and the driver and officer seated high above the motor. It is powered by a Knox 50 hp Model M air-cooled crank start engine with dual chain drive to the rear wheels. It has a 149-inch wheel base. It weighs about 7500 pounds and was capable of about 30 mph.
There are two 2˝ inch intakes on each side of the truck to feed the massive deck pipe.
The massive Knox “E-2” Body Type is a large hose bed made of pressed steel. It could carry about 1500 feet of 2˝ inch hose. This was a standard supply line at the turn of the last century. The list price for this truck was $6000.
This unit is very similar to the first piece of motorized that was placed into service in the FDNY at Engine 72 in February 1909.
The Knox Automobile Company was founded in 1898 and was one of the pioneers of the automobile industry. Knox built its first motorized fire engine in 1906 and soon starting building a line of motor fire apparatus. Knox built its first pumping engine in 1911. Knox was one of the most important early builders of motor fire apparatus. Knox left the fire apparatus industry in 1914 after filing for bankruptcy. BFD552@Gmail.com.