The FE1 fire engine was a development of the SA1 roadster; with the addition of a ladder, bell and hose reel; a plain metal seat and no spare wheel. It is painted red and black. The hose is purely cosmetic and there is no pump.The engine is a single cylinder single acting one incorporating a reversing lever. The cylinder - 5/16" bore x 3/4" stroke - is mounted at floor level on the near side driving a crank shaft passing under the seat with a flywheel on the off side. It drives one of the rear wheels via a two stage belt reduction drive also on the off side. The boiler - approx 1.75" diam x 3.25" long - is totally enclosed by a chromed steal bonnet with the safety valve protruding from the top and the solid fuel tablet burner slung underneath. The front wheels steer on the Ackerman principal and are linked to the steering wheel, which can be controlled while moving using the special rod supplied.
Most parts are are painted red with some parts black or chrome plated. Most of the plastic parts are black.As bought, there were a few minor problems. The sight glass had a serious leak and it's cover plate was rusted badly. I have now replaced both. The hose was too short and in poor condition. I have replaced it. I have fitted new drive bands, which were missing. The paintwork is in generally good condition but with a few minor rust patches.