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.
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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.
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.
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.