Fire Truck?

November 15th, 2009 in member junk     
JunkinLindsey JunkinLindsey, member
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My little dalmatian Pancho asking if we can go for a ride yet. 
Second-guessing myself, thinking, I can still back out! But here you can see the heap of hose, and the degree of rustiness. Not a very inviting look...
Only 57 more rivets to go!
This is where it started getting tricky.
Unlined fire hose. Will decay if stored wet. 
My little dalmatian Pancho asking if we can go for a ride yet. 

My little "dalmatian" Pancho asking if we can go for a ride yet. 

What do you get when you combine an old rusty Chevy pickup bench seat and 2 cotton firehoses? A firetruck! Get it? 

I literally unburied the seat frame out at my husband's deer lease, and dragged it to the car with puppy dog eyes. He reluctantly said I could have it, and that it had been out there for at least 20 years, and came off an old Chevy. It was the most rusty thing I've ever taken home. I got the old firehoses at a junk show, and I knew immediately what I was going to do with them. One says 1963, the other 1964, and they're made of linen. 

I used an angle grinder to remove the springs, screws and various parts too far gone to salvage. Then spray painted it off-white. Then started cutting up the hose, drilling holes, and riveting and weaving. Note: This project is physically demanding! My hands are raw and sore from the riveting tool. Now that the hard part's done. I'm thinking about adding rocking chair feet or something to the base, and possibly arm rests. Until then, I'm going to sit and relax! Enjoy!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, metal, cottage, furniture, funky, frame, fabric, historical, 60s

Comments (13)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: Stamina saw you through...this is a great project and I love how you came up with it! ~Mary~ 2012 Posted: 1:02 am on November 4th
MakinItHappen writes: A lot of work, but what a transformation! Posted: 5:22 pm on November 22nd
racers7 writes: I love, love, love it! Great use of recycling. Melody Posted: 1:59 pm on November 18th
shabbychick writes: Lindsey...WOW! Your bench is amazing, and the old fire hose looks ike the perfect material for this piece!!! What a great eye you had for the end result - this really is awesome!!

THANKS for sharing!


P.S. Hope you rested well...I bet the riveting was really hard work! Posted: 11:24 am on November 18th
TinTinJunkFan writes: This is phenomenal, I ditto all the other comments...truly unique! Bet some firehouse would love to have this! Posted: 10:06 am on November 17th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wow! That is definitely some vision you had! After all that hard work you can now enjoy this fantastic creation of yours.
Well done!
Candy Posted: 2:50 pm on November 16th
RustyDiva writes: Wow ~ great vision chica!!!!! You did an awesome job! My attention span would have faded after the angle iron stuff. Rest my friend ~ you deserve it. Posted: 11:46 am on November 16th
oldnews writes: Wow! Sounds like a huge amount of work, but well worth it! It's amazing! Marie Posted: 10:01 am on November 16th
writes: THIS. IS. COOL!! I give it an A+.

:-) Jenny K Posted: 3:39 am on November 16th
alicemom writes: WOW!!!!! Really cool!
smiles, alice Posted: 8:16 pm on November 15th
CottageElements writes: Love it! This turned out great and all your hard work really paid off. Very creative!

Lani Posted: 7:34 pm on November 15th
artteachergirl writes: Amazing!! Such a clever idea!!I'm sure it took a great deal of muscle, but it looks worth it! Posted: 6:35 pm on November 15th
bluebucket writes: Wonderful project. What a great vision you had to re-purpose these items.
doreen Posted: 6:01 pm on November 15th
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