Lifesaving Ear-Splitter Restored-Huh?

Thanks to: The DCX Firehouse.

Posted May 30, 2006, 11:17 AM by Ed Garsten
Category: W.P. Chrysler Museum


Ears clogged?  Download the podcast attached to this post.
We’ll wait………………………….

Download Podcast

There you go….I said THERE you go! Guess we
should have warned you that ear-splitting Chrysler Air Raid Siren
was originally designed to deafen, or at least scare the lunch out
of enemy troops during World War II.  This 1956 model had more
peaceful purposes–warning the good folks of Trenton, Michigan,
downriver from Detroit, of impending tornadoes.

How loud is the siren’s racket?  Oh, the loundest
continuous noise ever created by mechanical means– 170 decibels at
its throat, “quieting” to 138 db 100 feet away. That’s enough to
cause instant damage to unprotected ears. 

That noisemaking ooomph is powered by a 180-horsepower HEMI
® V-8 engine.  It’s 11′ 3″ long, 4′ 7″ wide and 5′ 2″ tall
and weighs about 5,000 pounds.

In service from 1958 until the 1970’s, the siren, built at the
Trenton Engine plant,  was removed from its 90-foot tower at
the Trenton Fire station in 2002 for restoration by the Archives
and Vehicle Collection staff at the Chrysler Group Quality
Improvement Center.

It made an appearance at Trenton’s Memorial Day parade last
Saturday and will join the collection at the Walter P. Chrysler
Museum in Auburn Hills this fall. 

We’ll shout at you when the dates are firmed.

To about a surprising discovery restorers made when they worked
on the old siren, download the podcast in the next post.

For more on the Chrysler Air Raid Siren, go to


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