Temple: Hubcap on classic fire truck finally replaced after 50 years

Temple Fire & Rescue driver Justin Jackson and Battalion Chief Matt Perrine found the rare replacement for sale on Ebay for $250. (City of Temple photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) After almost a half century, the hubcap missing from Temple Fire & Rescue’s 1939 Diamond T fire truck has been replaced.

The rear passenger side hubcap disappeared sometime in the 1960s and as the years passed, with the manufacturer no longer in business, a replacement wasn’t readily available.

Temple Fire & Rescue driver Justin Jackson and Battalion Chief Matt Perrine, however, recently found one for sale on Ebay for $250.

The hubcap needs to be repaired and re-chromed before it’s installed.

“Antiques like this do not come around every day. We were essentially looking for a needle in a haystack and we found it," Temple Fire & Rescue Chief, Mitch Randles said.

"We are excited to finally be able to replace this missing piece on this iconic part of Temple's history."

The 80-year-old truck is housed at Temple’s Central Fire Station.