The “Lulubelle”




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The Restoration of the LAFDHS 1937 American LaFrance Engine

For many years we have displayed our 1937 American LaFrance engine in the Hollywood
Museum. This unique rig was the first enclosed cab engine purchased by the LAFD
and nicknamed “Lulubelle”. It was assigned to Fire Station 68 which was located at 5213
W. Pico. In 2015 we were fortunate to have Bodie Stroud of Bodie Stroud Industries in
Sun Valley and the “American Restoration” program on the History Channel get together
to restore and film a complete restoration of the rig. A huge project with a tight
schedule for the show aired on the History Channel on January 1, 2016.
The before and after condition of the rig is remarkable. Bodie Stroud and his staff
did an awesome job of restoring the rig up to the finest detail work. When it returns
to the Museum after some mechanical repairs we will outfit it with tools and
equipment like it was when it was in service. Thanks to our volunteers Tim
McHenry, Johnny Garcia and Dan Mattera the rig can be driven. It will be a
great showpiece for visitors coming to the Museum.

  [PHOTO – Caption “Engine Company 68. 1937 American LaFrance. Photo taken August 29,
1939 “A” Platoon members: Firemen W.E. Wiseman, K.V.Winters, E.O. Barnett, Engineer
K. McClatchey, Fireman L.H. Wade and Captain R. U. Hill.”]

[PHOTO – Caption “Photo taken on the“American Restoration” filming of “reveal day”
last year at the Hollywood Fire Museum after the completion of the restoration of the
Lulubelle , the original Old Engine 68.]