Starting again – Update # 48

We recently experienced a sense of déjà vu as Steve began stripping out a Diamond T donor truck. The Doodlebug project has officially begun!

Re-writing the Doodlebug history – Update # 47

Rich Harner discovered that more than six Doodlebugs were produced. And he found evidence that two different versions of the unique tanker were built between 1933 and 1934.

The Howard W. Kizer photos – Update # 46

Rich Harner gifted us some photos in 2019 that once belonged to Howard W. Kizer. These historical images have initiated yet another project…..2023 is shaping up to be a very busy year!

A new project – Update # 45

The ’38 Diamond T tanker is now on display. Behind the scenes, another project has been in the planning stages for the past several years. Our focus now is to turn this vision into a reality.

The reveal – Update # 44

The reveal plans were coming together beautifully when we received unexpected news – a tropical cyclone was on course to hit New Zealand on Sunday 12th February 2023.

The countdown has begun – Update #43

The countdown has begun with a confirmed date and location to reveal the restored Diamond T Texaco tanker here in Auckland.

Enamel and reassembly – Update # 42

The porcelain enamel keyhole door signs have been recreated here in New Zealand. Steve has almost finished reassembling the stunning ’38 Diamond T.

Wiring, paint and upholstery – Update # 41

The truck wiring is complete, Rowan has painted the Diamond T front guards and Kelly has done a beautiful job with the upholstery. The end is in sight….

The Diamond T seat – Update # 40

Kelly O’Donnell has begun work on the Diamond T seat and Rowan Glass has applied PPG Epotec two pack epoxy primer to the remaining panels. A very special article has emerged from 1931…..

The loss of a special friend

Our restoration journey has been rocked by the sad news that Rich Harner has passed away unexpectedly in Missouri, USA. It is only fitting that we dedicate this post to a special friend who has been such a significant part of the restoration behind the scenes.

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