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Trucking History => Old Trucks => Work In Progress => Topic started by: Hanky on May 20, 2009, 08:53:01 AM

Title: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 20, 2009, 08:53:01 AM
I received these pictures from our own Forum member, diamondtguy  Thank-you very much for shareing with us Cory.

1936 Diamond T  212BD, was purchased in Vancouver by Don Ellwyn  (Cory's father) in 1968 from old man King for $75.00.  Don died in 1988 and Cory started the restoration in 1991 and is still working on it.
(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/sept0700003.jpg)

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/sept0700006.jpg)

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/IMG_0799_p001_026.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: ParkinLot on May 20, 2009, 05:48:14 PM
Beautiful truck! Would look even better in my yard.  :-D
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 21, 2009, 02:05:28 AM
Beautiful truck! Would look even better in my yard.  :-D
I think my yard has room.  Truck has been repowered with a 300 6cyl Ford, but Cory still has a Hercules JXD for it.
(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/tocool.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: WesV on May 21, 2009, 02:57:26 AM
That gauge cluster is AMAZING!!  The whole truck looks good!  Cory, what kind of wood are you planning on making the bed out of?
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on May 21, 2009, 03:04:22 PM
Hi..I havent decided on the wood yet..I dont want to over kill it and make it so pretty i cant use it.Truck is actually built to drive.Behind the Ford 6cyl is a warner 4 spd and behind that is a 1954 Brownie 3spd a-box.There is a hydra-vac hidden under the cab to assist the brakes.
The deck and its trim are something i dreamed up one night.I wanted it to look like a old tow-truck or service truck.The body panels are all hand formed alluminum and then powder coated.There are over 800 rivets in it that were also done by hand
I have never driven the truck and actually dont care when I do or when i get the project done.I restored the truck for my dad.He saddly didnt live long enough to get it done but would never have sold it.I have been looking at the old girl since 1968 (i was 9).For me ...his memory lives on and there is a life time of memorys encased in all that tin and white oak..
There is much i could add about the truck..The restoration,the deck and scissor lift and all the stainless work were all done by me..
The restoration has been stalled for over 10 years while i searched for a better grille.The truck is a deluxe and the grille should be chrome..I recently dug the grille out and its getting epoxy coated (its to far gone to chrome)So i guess the resto has resumed and If i can get it in my shop in the next year I should get it finished.

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 22, 2009, 02:45:36 PM
Hi Cory could we see some before pictures. 

Thanks Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 26, 2009, 04:06:53 PM
Here are a couple of pictures from when Cory's Dad had the truck.
(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/Diamt0001.jpg)

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/Diamt.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 28, 2009, 03:00:30 PM
Here is a picture of the unfinished dash.

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0001.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: jpgraphiks on May 29, 2009, 02:34:47 PM
This is such a beautiful project you are involved in....clearly a real labor of love!  I cant get over that dash board and metal and rivet work on the bed.....Awesome!

jP

Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 30, 2009, 02:09:31 AM
Some more work in progress.

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0004.jpg)

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0002.jpg)

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0006.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: jpgraphiks on May 30, 2009, 07:58:38 AM
Great stuff. Its nice to see an old truck restored like this one.

JP
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on June 01, 2009, 02:20:06 AM
A few more of a great project.
(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0007.jpg)

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0008.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Phill on June 01, 2009, 05:09:55 AM
i ma loving the project :) great work man. looks like you might beed a bigger garage :)
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on June 01, 2009, 06:18:34 PM
Most of the truck was restored in my carport.I later rented a garage for a while when I built the deck..I have since moved out to the country where I have some room for all my stuff and a suitable shop.I also have a 68 Mustang I purchased in 77(grad year),a 67 Mustang and a recently purchased 54 willys.Not to mention the daily drivers and all the cars sitting waiting for resto..I build and restore muscle cars on the side..I dont know what i need more.....time or a bigger shop.

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on June 02, 2009, 02:01:03 AM
This is the last picture I have of Cory's Giamond T for now. :-(

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/hanky_bucket/resto0009.jpg)

Hanky
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: The DAFman on June 05, 2009, 04:14:48 AM
Hello Hanky,

I hope Cory can and will be able to finnish that fantastic one!!!!! Also for ever a great memory to his father!!!!! Hope he will see it from heaven and enjoy it much as you will!!!
The best wishes and greetings from Emmerich am Rhein, Germany,

Leo
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on June 05, 2009, 01:23:41 PM
Hi...posting all the pics and writing the little blurb on the truck has re-motivated me on getting the truck finished..I am back working on the grille so that I can finally get the nose on the truck..
I appreciate all the comments
Thanks....Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: DIESEL-FUMES on June 11, 2009, 05:24:25 AM


 WOW !!! Looks great and looks like a fun Project   :-)
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: peterbilttrucker on June 28, 2009, 10:53:05 AM
Hi...posting all the pics and writing the little blurb on the truck has re-motivated me on getting the truck finished..I am back working on the grille so that I can finally get the nose on the truck..
I appreciate all the comments
Thanks....Cory

Keep us posted on what happens with the truck, I'll be reading. :wink:
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on June 28, 2009, 02:36:18 PM
I will post on any significant progress and up-date the photo's when I have something new to show.
Thanks for the interest..

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on July 11, 2009, 06:47:51 AM
After decades of looking and having the project on hold for over 10 years I have finally found a restorable and chromeable grille..It is on e-bay and comes attached to the whole nose of the truck but I will go after all of it..Shipping should be fun but the seller seems willing to work with me.It also comes with a unbroken and very hard to get hood ornament (I have one )which is worth half of the asking price..I will know more in a week....

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Phill on July 11, 2009, 01:31:55 PM
After decades of looking and having the project on hold for over 10 years I have finally found a restorable and chromeable grille..It is on e-bay and comes attached to the whole nose of the truck but I will go after all of it..Shipping should be fun but the seller seems willing to work with me.It also comes with a unbroken and very hard to get hood ornament (I have one )which is worth half of the asking price..I will know more in a week....
Cory

sound great guy !! best of luck on getting it
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on July 15, 2009, 03:01:03 PM
Well..I got the grille off of e-bay.As usuall someone tried to out bid me at the last second but i had max bid set pretty high and they never had time.to catch me.It will be a few weeks before its here .It needs a bit of work (missing a pc).But well with in my abilities to fix..Buy the time I get it here it will have cost me about a thousand dollars.Then there is the chrome.It is a momentous day for the old girl......

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: peterbilttrucker on July 15, 2009, 03:53:44 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on May 15, 2010, 04:25:20 AM
Small up-date.....I haven't touched the truck lately as I am to busy building my Mustangs (67&68) and doing a full resto on a 70 Challenger for a customer.I am however almost finished the new home on my property for the Diamond T.It will have its own building(nothing fancy) and a small work shop that will be stictly for the truck.I am looking forward to tinkering with it again...Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: jpgraphiks on May 29, 2010, 02:33:38 AM
Well, you sound very busy over there, but if you get a chance...snap some pictures for us to gander.....Ive been following this build for a long time...and it has been very informative and very well done.....

great work..

JP

Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on July 09, 2010, 06:52:45 AM
I fired the old girl up today.Stuck the charger on the battery for the day and dumped a little gas down the carb.It hasnt run for 2 years but it fired right up and was quite content to sit there and idle.I hope to move it to its new home in a week or so...

I donated my old grille to a fellow in Virginia last week who has mounted a Diamond T cab and nose on a hand built chassis .Appears to have 1 ton suspension and a Cummins for power.The metal work is outstanding.Hand made side panels,hood.running boards and who knows what else..I know he lurks around here as he has seen pics of my truck here...I hope he posts some pics of his truck here..

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on March 25, 2012, 11:52:25 AM
Minor update......Truck is still resting peacefully in its new home...I am trying to get the Mustangs finished so I get get the old girl into the shop...I am also quietly looking around for a turbo diesel 5spd.I dont want to cut anything so the 6BT is out...Maybe a turbo 4BT .I am doing my research on Hino diesels as well.....I am happy with the 300 Ford but "Plan A" has always been a diesel......Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on January 03, 2014, 12:39:02 PM
Well....other than collecting a few parts the Diamond T has just been sitting and resting.I was in a pretty bad head on collision in my F-250 at the end of April and it pretty much shut me and my projects down for 2013...I still have some healing to do but I should be ok .I hope to spend some time with the D/T in 2014......Cory

Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: jpgraphiks on January 03, 2014, 08:26:57 PM
Well....other than collecting a few parts the Diamond T has just been sitting and resting.I was in a pretty bad head on collision in my F-250 at the end of April and it pretty much shut me and my projects down for 2013...I still have some healing to do but I should be ok .I hope to spend some time with the D/T in 2014......Cory

still hangin in there with you, Cory....and I hope your recovery speeds right along.....2014 is a whole new year!

JP
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on January 03, 2014, 11:38:49 PM
Thanks...I was busted up pretty good,had the shit beaten out of me as I was flying through the air rolling over and took a couple dozen stitches to my face...I was much luckier than my truck and the other driver (he crossed the centerline)

They say what does not kill you makes you stronger...I am going to work on that....

Cory
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on May 24, 2014, 11:07:14 PM
Well..its just over a year ago I had my accident and I am up and running again at about 90%...My 67 Mustang goes for paint in a couple weeks and I am probably sending the 68 Mustang for paint right after as it is ready as well.Then I will concentrate on the Diamond T...I will be getting it running again in the next few weeks...I don't expect any problems other than rotten gas...I turn 55 in a few days and I have been looking at the old girl since I was 9......The smell of the oak framed cab brings back lots of memories........Cory

A couple accident pics..Truly built "Ford Tough"

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/427Fastback/1992%20F-250/image2_zpsb633b5a7.jpeg) (http://s297.photobucket.com/user/427Fastback/media/1992%20F-250/image2_zpsb633b5a7.jpeg.html)

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/427Fastback/1992%20F-250/934892_10151365161412617_2124143595_n_zps2226f370.jpg) (http://s297.photobucket.com/user/427Fastback/media/1992%20F-250/934892_10151365161412617_2124143595_n_zps2226f370.jpg.html)

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/427Fastback/1992%20F-250/Corysaccidentphoto_zpscb6e7f87.jpg) (http://s297.photobucket.com/user/427Fastback/media/1992%20F-250/Corysaccidentphoto_zpscb6e7f87.jpg.html)

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/427Fastback/1992%20F-250/June0800015_zps92a0569f.jpg) (http://s297.photobucket.com/user/427Fastback/media/1992%20F-250/June0800015_zps92a0569f.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on May 25, 2014, 11:40:52 AM
The new grille...needs a little bit of work but should not be a problem as I have a parts grille as well....Then off to the chrome $hop......


(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/427Fastback/1936%20Diamond%20T%20212BD/003_zps12f08c44.jpg) (http://s297.photobucket.com/user/427Fastback/media/1936%20Diamond%20T%20212BD/003_zps12f08c44.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: Hanky on May 25, 2014, 04:45:43 PM
Cory good to see you are up and at it again, looking for many updates.
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on December 12, 2015, 10:47:29 PM
update report....I am almost back to normal and back to working hard at things..The 67 has been finished and the 68 is in the paint shop.The Diamond T grille is in my shop and I hope to do the repairs in the next week or so.Then off to the chrome shop.

I am putting up another shop 40x50 in the spring.It will be heated and the new home for the two Mustangs,the Diamond T and the newly acquired Grizzly Truck.The Grizzly is #1 of 13 or 14 trucks.Soon to get a major rebuild and changed to four wheel drive and a 5spd..Like Pacific,Hayes and Challegers Grizzly's were built here in BC in my own back yard so to speak..

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/427Fastback/Grizzly%20Trucks/airbags%20full_zpsjjlmgwq7.jpg) (http://s297.photobucket.com/user/427Fastback/media/Grizzly%20Trucks/airbags%20full_zpsjjlmgwq7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on December 09, 2016, 09:11:14 AM
A little news on a very old thread...I have purchased a 2000 Cummins 4BT engine with a Eaton 5spd for the Diamond T.Engine was purchased in Miami and I had it shipped up here..It will be a while before I can get to it.I have a couple of projects to finish and then I will focus on the truck...

Video of engine.

https://youtu.be/iunxCRlAbBs?list=FLLKTLt_aM_avI1BC8xexNQw
Title: Re: 1936 Diamond T
Post by: diamondtguy on December 07, 2017, 04:41:15 PM
Havent been here for a while and I see thanks to photo bucket a lot of pics are gone...Just finishing my 1990 Grizzly...This time next year I should be back on the Diamond T..
There is a rather large thread on the Grizzly on the Heavy Equipment forum under Forestry equipment.
Here is a video I took two days ago...

https://youtu.be/xpb868RspxE