My Fire Department is currently placing an order for a new Ladder truck and would like to take the bell from the old rig and “Hand it down” to the new one. This leaves me with 2 questions. The first is where can i send it to have it re-finished? And second, do you know of any “Automatic Bell Ringers”? We are looking for something either electric (12 or 24 volt) or pnuematic that will ring the bell at the flip of a switch. Any help would be greatly appriciated. Thank you.
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Often the manufacturer of the fire engine will be able to restore the bell. If not, these are usually chrome plated brass and any autoparts store should be able to refer you to a local chrome plating establishment that can replate the bell and restore the finish. I am not aware that fire engine bells have an automatic ringing system and you would probably need to have one custom made with a hydraulic piston or a solenoid activated piston that would move the clapper with the push of a button. A machine shop should be able to fabricate such a system. The Verdin Company in Cincinnati, OH makes automatic ringing systems for clock bells and large church bells, and may have something that is small enough to be used in your bell.
Harry Long, MD