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47 diamond t semi to pickup project progress

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by john walker, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,089

    john walker

    IMG_1462 (Medium).JPG IMG_1463 (Medium).JPG IMG_1464 (Medium).JPG 18211668_91b50d65ea (Medium).jpg IMG_1475 (Medium).JPG it's been about a year and a half since i pulled the cab and nose off the caterpillar tractor hauler. i jammed on it last week so i could get it outside for the annual greenwood car show that runs on the street in front of my shop for about a mile. our car club, the greenwood knights, ran it this year and raised a good chunk of cash for the local food bank. still have some wiring and misc crap to do.
    the frame is '52 chevy 1 ton. front crossmember is '87 chevy 1/2 ton which is a bolt on, other than being narrowed 1.5". 3" dropped spindles, PS, PB, '88 350, edelbrock intake and carb, headers, 700R4, '88 suburban rear end, rear fenders are made from a pair of extra fronts, cut along the peak, 5 1/2" added on the inside, 7" cut from the center, and a new wheel well lip hammered out over a plywood buck and welded on. probably 30' of welding on each fender. the bed and running boards are made from scratch in 12ga steel. bumpers are repop '49 chevy pickup rears, with the rear one narrowed 7". wheels are 20" 2007 tahoe/suburban with a custom machined DT hubcap insert to cover the bow tie. the rusty one is what i started with.
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  2. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
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    from Texas

    Hey, you turned one ass of a Hauler into a pretty nice Haul Asser!
  3. 1946chevytruck
    Joined: Feb 9, 2008
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    from london ,ky

  4. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
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    from Tampa, FL

    Nifty. Really like the matching fenders. Just wondering if you have a shot of your truck with someone standing next to it. It MUST be a big old Tonka truck. Gary
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  5. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,192


    John, you're truck looks great! Inspiring for me, since I've not touched mine for months. With the thrash on the '36 Fordillac slowing down now that I can drive it, I hope to get on the DT soon. I'm stealing your Chev bumper idea, but I'm going my own way with wheels, using Dodge one ton 17's.

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  6. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
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    john walker

    i'm 6'4" and the top is nose height. it's a helluva lot lower than it was. i wasn't going for extra low, just a decent height for a driver. 18' long bumper to bumper. 2' 4" shorter than my '98 chevy X-cab longbed and about the same width.
  7. Locomotive Breath
    Joined: Feb 1, 2007
    Posts: 712

    Locomotive Breath
    from Texas

    Good looking truck.
  8. Nice, that really shows the potential of those old big rigs.
  9. matt 3083
    Joined: Sep 23, 2005
    Posts: 138

    matt 3083
    from Tucson, Az

    That is one nice truck. By the way
    just how long is the bed? I've
    always wanted something like that.
    You did good.
  10. trad27
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,109


    nice looking truck, you inspired me to try to get this truck a few miles from my house.

  11. woodbox
    Joined: Jul 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,111


    Your truck looks awesome, I love it and am extremely jealous! A friend of mine works for his family bus company and up until the late 80's they were still using a Diamond T school bus on a daily basis. They still have the bus in the yard and one more spare one. My Grandfather had a trucking company during the 30's through the 60's and I have photos of huge logs 8' plus in diameter on the back of Diamond T trucks.
  12. Great looking cab on those Diamond Ts. Matching rear fenders look right. Very nice job. Just goes to show what a little resourcefulness and ingenuity can accomplish.
  13. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
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    Dale Fairfax
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    Did you add metal to the wheel openings in the fenders? I can't tell due to the dark color and the shadow in the wheel area. It sorta looks like the openings have been resized to match the smaller tire/wheel combo.
  14. DtroitDinosaur
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 183


    Really great!
    Nice work.
  15. moTthediesel
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 48


    That just may be the most beautiful pickup I've ever seen, kudos!
  16. Lizard
    Joined: Apr 24, 2009
    Posts: 53

    from Benson Az

    Awesome job making it look right
  17. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
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    john walker

    the rear openings are custom made by beating 18ga cold rolled over a 3/4" plywood pattern buck with a rubber hammer. then they were welded on. the fronts are still stock, but i may reshape them a bit later on. the 20" wheels and big ass tires help a lot to fill that big opening.
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  18. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
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    john walker

    that's pretty much what i started with as you can see from the rusty "core" in my pictures. the cab and nose is all you need.
  19. moparron426
    Joined: Aug 25, 2005
    Posts: 661


    John, you did a great job taking a "LARGE, OLD" truck and making a beautiful truck that can be used as a daily driver or taken to a show, nice work... Ron.....[​IMG][​IMG]
  20. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
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    john walker

    the bed is eight and a half feet. inside is four feet, one half inch. no inner wheel well humps. the back of the cab to the front of the grille is also eight and a half feet, so i figured that would be a good proportion, and the rear fender length also required a long bed. the bed is bolted together for ease of painting and repair.
  21. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
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    rick finch

    Excellent...proportions are right on, nice job.
  22. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,213


    Many downsized trucks just don't flow from front to back. That one is perfect IMO, plus looks like a useful truck instead of just a ride.

    I have a nice 48 509 twin screw long straight job that I hope to run a sleeper and rollback.... P/S, I read your website.... I am also an ex vw mech from 1970. :)
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  23. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,659


    Wow, I was just wondering how something like this would work out - I guess I have my answer. Stunning!

  24. plym49
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,798

    from Earth

    Yep; really nice.
  25. oldrodder43
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 212


    Love that truck! Many years ago I had a Cousin who was a farmer. He had a BRAND NEW Diamond T. I was really impressed with it. Much classier than other brands on the market then. I still remember looking at it, stuck in my mind like a picture! I'll always have a soft spot for Diamond T. Great job. Perley
  26. Great truck. The proportions are dead on. I love the '20 Chevy wheels.

    I bet it's a super driver. Not too low, certainly not too high, just right.

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  27. ridgy didge
    Joined: Jun 28, 2009
    Posts: 127

    ridgy didge

    Great job on the fenders,Cool to see finished.Just lifted mine of the truck chassis today.You got me motivated to get back out there !!
  28. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,089

    john walker

    thanks for the good comments. i'm still working on the brake booster/master cylinder/pedal setup before it's really driveable. the MPB double diaphram 7" booster and corvette master cylinder just would not function properly, so used a '84 dodge 1/2 ton pickup 11' booster and stock master cylinder and put in an adjustable proportioning valve to the rear brakes. that setup is nice because the booster mounts close to the firewall without a stand-off bracket and the master cylinder and reservoir is decent looking.
    i have this '38 diamond t 404 next to the shop that i may sell if anyone is interested. one year only with this style grille.

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  29. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,340

    from California

    I have to admit...that truck is cool!!!

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