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Les Wainman

Les Wainman

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This is my street rod at the New York State Fire Chief's Conference this past June at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Oneida, New York.  My previous employer, Spartan Motors of Charlotte, Michigan, always displays their custom fire truck cab and chassis's at this trade show.  I have always helped them with this show, even after I retired, and several years ago they asked me to bring out my Fire Chief's Car and put it in their outside exhibit area. It was such a hit that I have done it every year since. It is a good conversation piece and gets many comments from firefighters and fire chiefs.   

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Since I grew up in the 50's, James Dean was my mentor and I always said I was going to own a Roadster like his.  Well, raising a family and having a career that took me on the road, that never happened.  So, I told my wife when I retire I am going to own a Street Rod.  I ran across this '34 coupe in New Jersey that was for sale due to the gentleman having a stroke and had to sell it.  I took a rental truck and car trailer to New Jersey and brought it home to finish.

I decided to make this a "theme" car, thus the reason for it being a Fire Chief's Car.  I have been a volunteer firefighter since I was 18 years old and spent most all of my working career in the Fire Apparatus industry. Though I was never Fire Chief in the fire department, I am a past president and now a life member, as well as President of the Homer Fire Department Life Member's Club.

With Mustang II IFS and Triangulated 4-Bar Rear Suspension with Coil Springs and Shocks, this car rides real well and handles even better.  In fact, I had the chance to tag along with the Cortland All Ford Mustang Club to Watkins Glen International Speedway for a special event, which consisted of three laps on the road course and lunch in the Clubhouse. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this car handled on the track, especially in the turns. Real fun to drive.





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