Paul Davis commissions renowned metal artist to build a ½ scale 1930’s fire truck
– Local restoration firm wins Best Decorated Vehicle at 4th of July Parade –
Tampa, Fla. – July 15, 2014 – Darren Impson, owner of Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of
Tampa, recently commissioned renowned metal artist, Robert G. Woods of Plant City, Fla. to build and
fabricate a ½ scale promo 1930’s era vintage fire truck to use at events, festivals and parades in
Hillsborough County, and beyond. The restoration firm won Best Decorated Vehicle during the 4th of
July Parade recently held in Brandon, Fla. The fire truck received top honors at the event which is
considered to be the largest in the state of Florida with an estimated 30,000 attendees held to
celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.
Paul Davis is a leading provider of water damage cleanup and fire damage restoration services for
residential and commercial properties and is located at 8812 Venture Cove in Tampa.
According to Impson, the idea began when he purchased a 150 cc motorcycle scooter that was being
stored at the company’s Tampa warehouse. Woods was attending a holiday event with his wife Zuesette,
who serves as Paul Davis’ Director of Marketing. Woods noticed the scooter sitting in a corner of
the warehouse, and being a true artist, he began brainstorming ideas of what he could build using
the scooter as the engine. Woods sent Impson some drawings of his designs, and the project began
with the fabrication.
“The scooter was to be the base power source for the fire truck. Robert removed the front wheel on
the scooter and fabricated an axle system, so that the front wheels turn when the handle bars turn,”
said Impson. “Robert hand-built the axles, chassis, all steering parts, body frame, wheel wells,
sheet metal, aluminum diamond plate, wood ladders and firemen’s axe’s,” he said.
The fire truck measures four-feet high by five-feet wide and 12-feet long and was made to be fully
functional with an AM/FM CD, MP3 stereo and sound speakers, siren, flashing lights, head and tail
lights, chrome bell, and three 12 volt batteries with internal charging system. Woods completed the
detailed fabrication with bench seating, working cab doors, and a tail gate. He even designed a
working water cannon that is powered by a wash down pump connected to a 15 gallon water storage tank
on board. The finishing touch was the special fire engine red paint color with custom vintage Paul
Davis logo appliqués. Woods even painted the inside of the wheels red to make them look like vintage
“Our unique fire truck made its first formal debut in the recent annual two mile long 4th of July
parade in Brandon. We started at 10 am and ended at 1 pm and the vehicle ran perfectly,” said
Impson. “It was a hot day, but the Paul Davis team had lots of fun while following the truck and
giving away freezer pops to help keep the crowd cool. We also tossed out candy and beads to the
On July 9, The Community Roundtable of Brandon took notice of Paul Davis’ new, vintage replica and
awarded the office with “Best Decorated Vehicle” among more than 100 floats and vehicles that
participated in the parade.
Paul Davis Restoration offices in Tampa Bay have provided restoration services for customers in the
region since 1970. The locally-owned franchise office includes a full time staff of technicians who
are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). For
more information, contact Zuesette Woods, marketing representative at Paul Davis, 813.951.5526 or
About Paul Davis:
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of water, fire, and mold
cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis
Restoration has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are
certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). For more
information, visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.