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The painted Diamond T cab – Update # 39

We are once again in awe of Rowan’s expertise and talent after seeing the beautifully painted Diamond T cab.  At the other end of the truck, Steve has fitted the iconic art deco bumper.

The pipes and tank truck equipment – Update # 38

Steve has restored and refitted the run off pipes and the tank truck equipment. On top of the tank, he has reconditioned and reattached the lids and roof access doors.

The conduit and tank wiring – Update # 37

Steve has placed new conduit and wiring throughout the Heil tank and has continued to restore and fit a number of components. Rowan and Nick have finished preparing the cab and some of the panels in readiness for painting. And the time has come to fire up the engine……

The dash panel, water pump & gearbox – Update # 36

The dash centre panel has been beautifully restored in Christchurch by Dylan Orpwood. Steve has had the water pump, gas tank and gearbox reconditioned – all are now back in the Diamond T.

Front sheet metal repairs – Update # 35

Over recent months, Simon has repaired the front sheet metal of the Diamond T and fabricated new inner door panels. Steve took the opportunity to trial fit the front panels and grille while the cab was still on the chassis.

Time for the Hiab – Update # 34

We have used a Hiab to lift the freshly painted Heil tank onto the chassis. Steve has begun fitting the Texaco letters, rails and lights to the tank, and the cab has been positioned for a trial fit.

Off the gun – Update # 33

Off the gun. A paint finishing technique and a phrase I have heard mentioned many times throughout this project. I have now seen first hand what an ‘off the gun’ finish can look like……and it looks stunning!

A glimpse of red – Update # 32

The first splash of red has been applied to the tank, albeit by way of a primer coat. The enamel trunk letters are now finished and a prototype has been produced of the Heil hand / foot rail pedestals.

Almost rolling – Update # 31

A rolling chassis is only weeks away. Enamelling has begun on the trunk letters, the cab and tank have finally been reunited and we have purchased a rare keyhole sign from the original Texaco truck fleet.

The steering box and the elusive pedestal design – Update # 30

Steve has stripped down and reconditioned the Diamond T steering box. We have also made progress with the pedestal design after discovering the existence of another Heil tank.

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