Continuing with the chassis restoration, the next step was to affix the fish plates to the chassis rails. Replicating the original construction would involve hot riveting the two steel surfaces together.
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The stylish dash instruments from the Diamond T Texaco tanker have been fully repaired and restored, and have undergone a dramatic transformation. In addition, I have looked back at the history of the manufacturer of these stunning gauges, Stewart-Warner Corporation, being another chapter in the Texaco tanker’s story.
Steve has disassembled the rolling chassis and, in doing so, has discovered an important date in the Diamond T tanker’s history.
The vitreous enamel process on the recreated TEXACO letters has been carried out at Procote Industries Limited in Dunedin, New Zealand. The “rolling billboard” signage is simply stunning.
One important question remained unanswered when I began to research the tanker’s history. Did the ’38 Diamond T actually originate from South Carolina? The 1959 license plate that was tied to the grille certainly suggested as much but I had not been able to verify this. From the SC state population of 5 million, we only needed one person to recognise it and answer that question…….and that one person turned out to be Lee Boozer from Newberry County, SC.
As the fabrication work on the Heil body came to an end, Steve was focusing on the tanker lighting and hardware.
The fabrication work and repairs on the Heil tanker over the past month have continued to challenge the team at Creative Metal Works. Simon and Craig have battled with the heavy 16 gauge steel, and the extensive amount of lead that was applied during construction.