Last but not least on their thank-you list were "all the wives that put up with us," Parent said, laughing.
Parent found a spot on the truck that still had the original paint and had the shade of red matched at Saratoga Auto Body Supply. He did all the painting.
Now, the truck is fully functional and even pumps water, Carpentier said.
The project was a complete body-off restoration, which means each piece of the vehicle was removed and restored separately, then the truck was reassembled.
The work was funded by donations from a total 18 individuals and businesses and with some funds from the department's treasury.
In the midst of restoration, a piston blew out on the way to a show in Cadyville, so the engine had to be sent to Philadelphia to be repaired by those familiar with antique vehicles.
Retired workers rebuilt the engine, Carpentier said.
Once the department had the engine back, former firefighters had to help the younger members start it, said firefighter Dennis Pilon.
As the truck was well on its way to full restoration, the department continued to bring it to local events.
It earned first place in the Champlain Valley Classic Cruisers Memorial Day Car Show in 2009 and also won Top 20 and Best in Show Pre-World War II twice at two Great Adirondack Car Shows in Plattsburgh.
"We went to every parade around the county, just about," Carpentier said.
BOSTON CAR SHOW
Perhaps the most exciting and anticipated competition is an event coming up this month.
When the crew brought the truck to Malone Auto Club's 33rd-annual Car Show in July, they didn't know the event was a qualifier for Cruisin' New England magazine's Super Wheels Showdown in Boston this coming Saturday.