1952 German-made diesel housetruck for sale on eBay

“The truck was manufactured in 1952 in Germany (frame, engine, drivetrain, etc.) and the Netherlands (body) for the Dutch government for the purpose of fire fighting in narrow inner-city streets. A total of 244 were built and they were in service until the mid 1970s when they were sold off to the general public. Many were converted to campers and some are still on the road as such in the Netherlands. I purchased this one in 2002 and had it shipped to Maryland. The original engine was a 75HP four cylinder air cooled (!) diesel with a manual, non-synchronized gearbox. My wife could not get the clutch to the floor and on the up-hill the truck was so slow that I replaced engine and gearbox with a Cummins diesel and automatic gearbox a couple of years later. 165HP works a lot better!…The interior was getting somewhat old and I started a make-over project with solid oak.…”

Starting bid $5000 (no bids as of  9:10 AM Pacific Coast Time 3/30/11.)

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Magirus-Camper-converted-Fire-Truck-1952-Antique-/130500203822?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item1e626b152e#v4-42

Thanx and a tip of the Hatlo hat to Phil Miano for this.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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