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Good morning, About 10 months ago we started the ground-up restoration of a neglected Diamond T 981, fitted with a wartime Hercules DXFE engine. Most of the "dirty work" has been done and we are now in the rewarding :-) process of priming/spray painting the frame, engine, bodywork and major parts. There is some good info on the web to be found regarding restorations of these engines (esp. here on HMVF) but I still have a hard time determining the right colors. I come across pictures of green engine blocks with gloss black filters, grey blocks with a red pulley and so on. What I found so far from TM's and wartime pictures: Engine block Dark blue-ish grey. I do not have the correct color nr. at hand but we had the right color already delivered. Transfer case Same as the engine Pulley's, oil filter canisters, fan, generator, cranking motor Semi gloss black? Manifold Stove polish black Air filters (engine) I see them in light grey, gloss black and even a blue-ish grey color. Shouldn't these be semi gloss black? Air compressor filter and breather cap Both were painted gloss black for the engine at hand, should these also be semi-gloss black? Many thanks for your help in my quest! Marco
Hello, I would like to share some pictures of the restauration of our DIAMOND T 980 in 2011. She started her life as an closed cab type, after the war the diamond was used by the Italian army. After a long service career she ended up in a outdoor military dump I guess. A couple of years ago some good-hearted person bought the truck and started the restauration. Somehow, this person stopped his actions on the job, and sold it. That's how she arrived here at our place. As you can see on the pictures behind the link below, we managed to restore it but because the original closed cab was in a very bad shape, we decided to replace it with an open cab. https://picasaweb.google.com/118405202572942481936/RestauratieDiamondM20?authkey=Gv1sRgCLaJv4Gpv9OvXw# Kind regards. Family Claes