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evening John 

been dealing with a mountain of stuff but getting through it know, wont be out with the diamonds this year as they are all in bits but will be at heddington with one of the steam engines and i'll pop down to Lacock least in person to say hello and probably buy something from Paul's stand lol

i never followed up on the trailer as i couldn't locate the owner and no one i spoke with wanted to claim the trailer so i stayed away from it in the end.

heard Niel retired? are the meeting still at the pig??

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finally had a week off (last week) so had some me time with the diamond and it is amazing how much you can get done in a week. wiring in 7 pin trailer plug floor mat as the

the last 2 months have shot past and had completely forgotten about this thread so better bring every one up to speed before christmas. the Rolls Royce C6 is know running and sounding fantastic f

looking a lot more like a Diamond T know!

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On 3/6/2020 at 10:29 PM, the DT guy said:

evening Richard

sadly the T wont be ready for A&E this year even though that was my full intention but it just hasn't worked out.

so i'll be going with Jason Jefferies and his 981/rogers.  

As each year goes by I have every intention of having the Scammell ready but for one reason or another it doesn’t happen. Flippin work gets in the way of us enjoying our toys! 

I know Jason, so I’ll meet up with you there and enjoy a chat about big green toys. 

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On 3/7/2020 at 12:24 AM, the DT guy said:

evening John 

been dealing with a mountain of stuff but getting through it know, wont be out with the diamonds this year as they are all in bits but will be at heddington with one of the steam engines and i'll pop down to Lacock least in person to say hello and probably buy something from Paul's stand lol

i never followed up on the trailer as i couldn't locate the owner and no one i spoke with wanted to claim the trailer so i stayed away from it in the end.

heard Niel retired? are the meeting still at the pig??

Hi Sam,

Neil has sold the Pig & Whistle, and is busy doing up some of his houses!

We  but still have the meetings at the Pig first Tuesday of the month, hope to see you soon.

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managed to collect the new front fenders the other weekend and get them fitted, all of a sudden she looks like a Diamond again. shame it all has to come off to be painted and fine tuned by same time nice to have it all back on for final fit real soon.

day i collected the wings just chucked them on to get a feel for how they will fit. 

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welding the front mounting brackets which fit to the top bumper plate.

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ready to start fitting to the truck.

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one side mounted with the tread plate and new head light and mount fitted.

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last saturday had the toys out and really happy with how the diamond is looking with it's face back on. did a few laps of the field and boy i can't wait to get her on the road!!!

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 3 years can go by so quickly, most people have nothing to mark that time

You have a beautifully restored truck , congratulations are in order, it's a beauty

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thank you very much chaps only problem with restoring a vehicle for 3+ years is the urge to rush it gets very tempting but really hoping to run it on the road next year. 

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Hi John,

I don’t think my praise will affect him. I have had the pleasure of seeing his work on the T ‘in the flesh’ and I am “stunned”. For me, it takes restoration of an ancient beautiful truck into a different world and I am impressed, s*d it, praise indeed where praise is due. Crack on and finish it, young man (before you become an old man).

Watch your head though when you drive it around your field again!

Cheers, John, Best wishes, Sam,

Mike.

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that's what ratchet straps are for John 😜

glad the standard is to your liking Mike come along way since you seen her. think she was just a chassis and front axle when you seen it?

hope life is treating your self and your good lady kindly Mike

best regards sam  

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don't need to say much over than frilled with how the truck is turning out so far. 

have started on my 45 ton Rogers which is going to be a challenge so i'll probably do a separate thread for that.

hopefully next year she'll be out n about for every one to see.

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I think you are well justified in being pleased with her.  You've done a fine job. 

I know the feeling about being tempted to rush the last few bits, but with the current situation and most of this years shows cancelled the temptation is much reduced

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not much to report on the Diamond as i am actually running out of jobs to do on here which seems odd after 5 years.

both diesel tanks, mud guards and battery box lids are know on, and got the new 300 ft winch cable fed onto the drum 2 weeks ago.

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all that is left is:

repair bonnet

blast/paint ballast box

new wind screen glass & rubber

inner door skins

wire in head lights

fit windscreen wiper motors & pipe work

stencils

so no excuses not to have it finished for next season. 

 

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finally had a week off (last week) so had some me time with the diamond and it is amazing how much you can get done in a week.

wiring in 7 pin trailer plug

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floor mat as the smooth floor is a bit slippery and just adds a bit of comfort for the long trips planned. 

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ballast box with under side already top coated and top side primed/rubbed down ready for top coats.

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just like that it almost looks finished! 

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fully ballasted with about 10 1/2 - 11 ton of cast steel blocks.

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have been test driving the truck in the field and it pulls very well and handles the bumpy field with no issues. only issue so far is the auxiliary transmission gear linkage dismantled it self, due to a stripped thread but that has been fixed know. next jobs will be fitment of inner door skins, wind screen glass ounce i get the new rubber and some stencils.

regards sam  

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got new wind screens fitted last night and the bonnet has returned from being shot blasted so that is know being worked on. managed to get the nova number last week as well so started the registration process. hopefully be driving it on the road this year.

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well every one the end is nearly in sight, remaining jobs are bonnet, wire in head lights and sort out the wind screen wipers and that will be her done. will be sending the registration paper work off to DVLA tomorrow so will be on the road very soon can't wait! 

4 years this december when i purchased the truck and never driven it out the yard so happy days are coming.

hope every one is keeping safe & well 

regards sam 

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2 minutes ago, 10FM68 said:

Absolutely stunning - a lovely job.  Good luck with the registration process and road testing

 

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thank you 

goes to show time and hard work pays in the end.

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