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  1. thomas

    Diamond T Gallery

    Betty Boop is still alive and well in my shed
  2. Hope of interest. Tom.
  3. My father in law ran two GMCs until 1968 as lime spreaders. They hauled chalk from quarry to farm and then spread on fields so they always carried a lot more weight than they were designed for. One had a Perkins engine which was a Perkins conversion kit. The other was fitted with a Ford engine and to do this the transfer box was moved back. Transfer boxes were hardly ever any trouble. As Tony says they were indeed ran on Chevrolet diffs again not a lot of trouble apart from a few bearing troubles. They always ran on 900 x 20 tyres, rear trunnions were troublesome. Ransomes of Ipswich made some stronger ones which seem to cure the problem. Probably the biggest problem was the short intermediate shaft between the gear box and transfer box mainly due we think to using English UJs. The grease nipple holes were bigger than American ones and this is where they seem to break. We found we normally broke them when spreading on freshly ploughed land where they were sinking in and getting plenty of traction. When considering the work that they were doing they coped very well. I can see no problem with the above conversion as someone who has earnt a living in the past using one, it looks an excellent job. Tom
  4. Sorry brain not in gear should be TFL.
  5. Lifting gear TLF winch original , it was all fitted to a 6wheel AEC.Have you started the engine yet.
  6. thomas

    Greetings from the new boy

    Very handy man to know.
  7. Hello Nigel, I've managed to dig the pictures out. These are the only ones I have I'm afraid. Thanks Thomas
  8. Will post pictures of 981 when I can find them, all the best Thomas.
  9. It may well be that she was in Swanley. She was with Turlows of Stowmarket in Suffolk as their wrecker but she became troublesome, cracked head? She was purchased by Charley Frost of Needham Market who removed the Winch and Lifting gear. I bought the chassis cab in 1983. Sold it some years later to Adrian Barrel. I replaced her with CSU 578 ex Tony Graves.
  10. This was owned by me in Suffolk was originally equipped as a wrecker. Nice to see it again. Thomas
  11. My name is Tom Weston I am the owner of Diamond T's 981 Hercules engine and 980 Detroit engine. First became interested in military vehicles as GMC's were used in family business as lime spreaders.
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