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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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A.W. Wheaton Brass Works – the tank truck equipment

I recently contacted Emco Wheaton in the hope that I could find out some information on the A.W. Wheaton Brass Works tank truck equipment. I was extremely fortunate to have my enquiry end up on the desk of Keith Taylor, International Sales Manager, Tank Truck Equipment SME in Margate, U.K.

Keith has been with Emco Wheaton for 44 years so his knowledge and understanding of tank truck equipment goes without saying.

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Sandblasting the Heil tanker – Update # 5

In preparation for the Heil tanker to be sandblasted, Steve had to remove the pipework, the Wheaton emergency valves and all of the associated Wheaton equipment.

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