We have sourced a manufacturer of vitreous enamel here in New Zealand, and initial trials have been done to replicate the lettering on the Texaco tanker.
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Most of the major structural repairs on the tanker have now been completed at Creative Metal Works. Simon and Craig have been replacing rusted areas with repair sections, pushing out damaged panels and working on the external areas of the locker compartments.
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.
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.
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.