Ward LaFrance P-80

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Ward LaFrance P-80

Postby Lyonsperf on Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:56 pm

As everyone probably knows by now i'm building a replica of my cousin's 1973 Ward P-80.

He sent me some very detailed pics of the rig, but I noticed that it is different from most of the P-80's I have found on the web.
His truck has a clear crossover from one side of the rig to the other behind the cab. The engine is mounted forward, into the cab with a diamond plate box that separates the driver from the officer. does anyone have interior pics of a rig like this?

I will have to modify the cab I got from cargostar to show this change. Just don't have any idea on what it looks like.
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Re: Ward LaFrance P-80

Postby GLMFAA1 on Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:22 pm

How about posting a picture of the rig so we can see what you mean,
Are you sure it's a Ward?
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Re: Ward LaFrance P-80

Postby Lyonsperf on Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:39 pm

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Re: Ward LaFrance P-80

Postby traumahawk05 on Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:11 pm

Well, the reason that this doesn't match up with Dave's casting is because Freeport's Ward isn't a P-80, it is a P-85.

From GA_Dave at yngfire.com
"The P-85 differs from the typical WLF P-80 by the location of the motor. On a P-80, it was between the jumpseats, but on a P-85 it was between the driver and officer seats. WLF built less than 45 P-85's."

You will have to make a completely new interior for this P-85. I recommend getting to the rig, if it is still around, and take a lot of photos and measurements. I'm not sure if she still exists after her crash with truck company 218 on June 23, 1988.
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Re: Ward LaFrance P-80

Postby Lyonsperf on Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:08 pm

Thanks!
Makes it a little easier to figure out.
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Re: Ward LaFrance P-80

Postby Lyonsperf on Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Well I think I got it figured out.
I trimmed 5/16" from the front of the frame rails which moved the cab back to center the front axle in the Ward wheel wells.
Then I removed the radiator and front engine crossmembers.
I then re-installed the radiator crossmember 1" from the end of the frame rails.
The front engine crossmember was reinstalled 7/8" behind the radiator crossmember measured from front edge to front edge.
Lastly, I added a plastic tab on each inside rail to hold up the transmission. I will need to make a longer driveshaft.
Now I just need to make the engine cover and trim the cab interior to fit it.
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