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.