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Bumper to bumper – Update# 13

Work is under way to recreate the Texaco tanker’s rear bumper. At the opposite end of the truck, the front bumper has been delivered to Otahuhu Chromeplaters Ltd to be rechromed.

The restoration of the radiator is now complete and we have received several small pieces back that have been rechromed.

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Repairs continue on the Heil tanker – Update # 12

Further repairs to the Heil tanker have been carried out at Creative Metal Works Ltd in Pukekohe, Auckland.

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The origin of the streamlined tankers – the Texaco Doodlebug

In the early thirties, the Texas Co embarked on an initiative to modernise its image and its tanker fleet. The innovative and futuristic tank truck that the company subsequently created is popularly known as the Texaco Doodlebug.

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Some of the smaller Diamond T parts – Update # 11

Instead of focusing on one specific area of the project this week, I have gathered together a variety of smaller Diamond T parts that have not yet been mentioned in the previous update posts.

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The cab, radiator and grille – Update # 10

Steve has started working on the Diamond T radiator and grille, and further progress has been made this week with the roof / back of the cab.

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Dismantling the Diamond T cab – Update # 9

With the Diamond T cab now off the chassis, Steve decided to transport it back home so that he could start dismantling it during the evenings.

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Resurrecting the Heil streamline tank – Update # 8

The repairs to the Heil streamline tank have begun at Creative Metal Works Ltd in Pukekohe. Working on the Texaco tanker is Simon Tippins and Craig Garland.

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The Diamond T 614D cab – Update # 7

With the grille, radiator and front fenders removed, Steve’s main focus last week was to lift the Diamond T 614D cab off the chassis.

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The heart of the tank truck – The Diamond T Super-Service engine

With the tank body now sitting in the fabrication shop, Steve has turned his attention to the Diamond T 614D cab. After removing the grille and the two front fenders, we have a better view of the heart of the tank truck – the Diamond T Super-Service engine.

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Progress on the Heil tank body – Update # 6

In our first post “Diamond in the rough – the lucky survivor”, we added a series of photos detailing the condition of the Diamond T truck and the Heil tank body. When referring to the image of the rear hatch / trunk, we asked if anyone could help with information on the lining of the trunk floor.

 

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