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Reassembly has begun – Update# 27

The reassembly of the truck has finally begun with Steve piecing together the front end. Work has also started on the enamel ‘Tour With Texaco’ lettering on the trunk.

The Heil pedestal – Update # 26

For 18 months, I searched extensively for information on the Heil pedestal design. The answer to this mystery came by way of a special friendship and a single black & white photo.

Creations and rebuilds – Update # 25

There is a long list of parts from the Diamond T truck and Heil tank that need to be either rebuilt or made from scratch. I have selected three for this post – two new creations and one rebuild.

Rubber, paint and primer – Update # 24

Moving one step closer to getting the ’38 Texaco tanker painted, the cab and Heil tank have been blasted and epoxy primed. Diamond T rubber parts have been manufactured, and Steve is currently painting suspension and brake components.

Hot riveting – Update # 23

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.

The Texaco tanker dash instruments – Update # 22

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.

Two roofs, one cab – Update # 21

The modified, Heil built roof on the Diamond T cab has now been removed, and repairs have continued on the 614 cab body.

August 10th 1938 – the chassis build date – Update # 20

Steve has disassembled the rolling chassis and, in doing so, has discovered an important date in the Diamond T tanker’s history.

Rebuilding the Diamond T cab – Update # 19

We are very excited to once again witness the talent of Simon Tippins and Craig Garland at Creative Metal Works. The work being undertaken this time, is the reinstatement of the Diamond T 614 cab.

Creating the stunning enamel letters – Update # 18

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.

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