After that, the truck was retired. It was repainted, rebuilt
and reserved for parades and displays for historical items to
be displayed. The old truck was still an active part of Lindsay.
After that, it was donated to the Tulare County Museum and was
on display for several years and after that, the stories get
a little muddled. The truck wound up in Fresno and suddenly there
were two. A second of the world's fair trucks had been bought
by Moro Bay and somehow found its way to Fresno.
We are told both trucks were partially disassembled and looked
more like a puzzle waiting to be reassembled than two trucks.
A fire truck rebuilder took possession of both trucks and they
went to a great barn in Auburn to be housed with 5 more trucks.
The rebuilder lost interest in the trucks with other projects
and perhaps, easier parts availability.
The Lindsay search for its long lost fire truck led to the
barn in Auburn where both trucks were found. The rebuilder had
passed away and the wife was interested in cleaning out some
of the barn space. With the support of Lindsay community members,
a committee was formed called 'Restore the Fire Truck Committee'.
The funds were raised and borrowed to purchase the two trucks
in the condition they were in. A semi truck was donated to transport,
a crew volunteered to go get the equipment and the old fire truck
with a matching brother were brought back to Lindsay. The boxes
were unloaded, the chassis were rolled into a building and the
project was begun.