THE "NEW TRUCK PROCESS"
Let's start with an invitation to visit our manufacturing plant. Once you see the quality
of our materials and workmanship, we're confident you'll take as much pride in owning a 4 Guys truck
as we do in building them.
In order to get the new truck process rolling, you'll need to contact
us. Then our sales manager or the sales representative for your area will get some basic information about your
department and the type of truck you're looking for. We'll also set up an initial meeting as soon as
it's convenient for your department.
At that meeting our representative will present a preliminary specification based on your information and will review it
with your truck committee. This gives your committee the opportunity to ask questions and get directly involved in the process of streamlining
After the initial meeting, the specs are turned over to
4 Guys engineering department, where your detailed CAD
blueprints will be produced. We'll send them out so you can see what you've specified,
instead of just reading about it. When you review the drawings, you're
sure to think of something else. Discuss any changes with your sales
representative and note them on the drawing. Then we'll adjust the drawing
to your notes.
Once you're satisfied with what you've chosen, we'll sign a
contract with your fire company. Among other things we'll guarantee that
your new unit comply with all current NFPA regulations.
Then it's time to order the chassis. We can order your HME or Spartan
custom cab & chassis, or a wide variety of commercial chassis. If you
prefer, you can even order your own chassis through your local dealer, as
long as its specs are approved by 4 Guys engineering
The first thing that happens when your chassis arrives at
4 Guys is the pump installation. We can use, at your option, Hale,
or Darley fire pumps.
While the pump is
being installed, the body fabricators at the other end of the shop will
be building the body according to your blueprints. Whenever possible,
compartments are made from a single sheet of material. This, along with
continuous welding of all compartment seams, eliminates the possibility
of leaks. 4 Guys bodies are made entirely from Everlasting 304
grade stainless steel. This even includes the parts you can't see, such as the body
frame crossmembers. We do use some aluminum, but never as a part of
the body fabrication process. Because its strength and durability
are considerably less than stainless, aluminum parts are added only at
the finish stage to dress up the truck's appearance.
Our hinged doors are another feature that sets
4 Guys apart from most other manufacturers. Our doors are fully
reinforced. They're perfectly fitted to close tightly every time.
They're mounted with full length stainless steel hinges. And they're
less than an inch thick, allowing for maximum useable compartment depth!
the pump installation is complete, the body, which has been fabricated
separately, is lifted with a crane and installed on the chassis. By
building the body this way, we can easily remove the entire body should
any future repairs be necessary. Using "U" bolts allows us to fasten the
body to the chassis without welding or drilling the truck frame. A strip
of 1" rubber is used to insulate the body against shock.
After the body is placed the tank is set into
place, (except in the case of elliptical tankers, that have the tank
integral to the body) and the plumbing is run.
Four Guys features UPF Poly tanks, allowing us
the versatility to offer nearly unlimited options, including suction
hose compartments under the "T" of the tank, ladder compartments through
the tank, and integral foam cells for Class "A," Class "B,"
and AFFF foam systems.
At this point in the construction process, you and
your fire department's representatives are encouraged to inspect the
truck and indicate any last-minute changes. You'll be free to take
pictures and ask as many questions as you want. This is your "pre-paint
With the booster tank and the plumbing in place, the
truck moves to our in-house paint shop. Here, any low spots left by the
fabrication process will be filled and sanded. The entire truck is
cleaned and appropriate areas are masked. The truck is then moved into
the spray booth and painted according to the instructions we received
from your department at pre-paint.
The pump panel, electrical, and finish departments
take over when your truck comes out of the paint shop. The panel men are
charged with laying out your top, side, rear or compartment mounted pump
operator's panel in a manner that's easy to understand, even to the
first-time operator. While we're flexible on panel layout, we don't
think you'll find one that's easier to use than our standard layout.
The electrical department is responsible for
mounting and wiring all the lights in the body, including DOT & NFPA
lights, as well as compartment and scene lights. 4 Guys
electricians also wire the radios, sirens, shore-line receptacles and
all other electrical equipment. All wiring is COLOR coded and labeled to
eliminate confusion. Wiring originates at a concealed breaker panel
that's small enough to fit in a compartment door jamb. Protective loom
shields all wiring from dampness and corrosion.
The finish men, as the name implies, add all the
accessories that make the truck look "finished." The tops of the
compartments, running boards, and the step areas are covered with
aluminum diamond plate. Folding steps are added according to your fire
department's instructions and NFPA regulations. Grab handles are
installed, along with brackets to mount ladders, Fol-Da-Tanks and other
accessories. At this stage, the body doors are installed and the paint
is buffed to bring out the shine. When all this is done, the truck is
lettered. This, too, is done to the fire department's specs, and in most
cases, it is even possible to closely match existing trucks.
Once this stage is reached, the truck is ready for
its NFPA and UL tests and certifications, after which it can be picked
up and placed in service by your department.
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