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Hi, as promised, two photos of the low loader diamond taken 20 years ago at Rex's yard near Sanwich.

Tony G

Any idea who has bought this T, hope they make a good job of it, purhaps see it at GDSF in a few years time.

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Been asked to post for an old friend who bought this 981 from the Digby Lovell auction this summer ,  one of the photos was taken at GDSF 30 years ago !

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Hi All, I was driving through Carentan on Sunday and saw this Diamond 981 parked at Paratrooper Vehicles. It is quite original with a Hercules diesel and wouldn't take too much to put back to standard. The cab is quite good and I think it has been restored before. It is in the colours of the US Navy and by the look of it, it is a non runner but has been kept under cover. I know the people at Paratrooper Vehicles and if it is for sale I will post the price. It would make a good project.

Hope of interest.

Tony G

 

Hi Tony.

 

I don't know if you have seen it but they have advertised the 981 on milweb. The asking price is 12,500 Euro's.

 

Regards....Steve.

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Hi Tony.

 

I don't know if you have seen it but they have advertised the 981 on milweb. The asking price is 12,500 Euro's.

 

Regards....Steve.

 

£10.7973 approx, wish I had that, this is a beauty.

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this is from the diamond t 981 im restoring now. the cab was very rusted. its not a bolt and nut restoration but it had been stripped down to the frame. i left the axles, engine and the transmissions in the frame.

 

Is it possible we can see all your Diamond T's in one photo or in some photos please.

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they are stored for the winter at 3 different places. i can take more pictures. the first one i bought was a 981 open thats still under frame of restauration.no 2 is the one with the barrel. it has no barrel anymore. no 3 is an open top bought from malmköping military museum here in sweden. no 4 is bought from england. its the one with the rogers and the t34. no 5 also bought from england. an open top. that is the one im restoring on previus pictures. no 6 and 7 from the same place in england. 2 open top, one need paint and canvas, the other one is very good, only need some tlc. i have decided to stop there when it comes to 981. i also look forward to line up 7 diamonds at my place. maybee we can have a meeting here.

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they are stored for the winter at 3 different places. i can take more pictures. the first one i bought was a 981 open thats still under frame of restauration.no 2 is the one with the barrel. it has no barrel anymore. no 3 is an open top bought from malmköping military museum here in sweden. no 4 is bought from england. its the one with the rogers and the t34. no 5 also bought from england. an open top. that is the one im restoring on previus pictures. no 6 and 7 from the same place in england. 2 open top, one need paint and canvas, the other one is very good, only need some tlc. i have decided to stop there when it comes to 981. i also look forward to line up 7 diamonds at my place. maybee we can have a meeting here.

 

Many thanks Harper, nice to see them all in one group, best of luck with your restoations. Good that you are in a postion to retore and preserve an iconic vehicle, would love to see all them at Dorset.:drive:

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:thumbsup: That looks a nice clean build, now I would really love to have that in my zoo!!

 

I feel you mised a photo opportunity there, Bernard - could have had Rugged posed underneath between the wheels :shocked:

 

Just thinking the same thing myself Tony, that really is an outstanding contribution to the bonkers world of Beltring!:clap::clap:I saw it trundling around but never got near to it.

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Many years ago I met a chap at a rally who drove Diamonds during the war. His T was 'HOTSPOT'. In this picture (photo 1) you can see them celebrating with Carlesberg beers ( look carefully and you can see the bottle labels ) after a Panther tank crew (photo 2) surrendered to a British unit together with a Lica camera. I have about 40 photos of this Diamond unit all taken in Italy. This chaps job was to transport the Panther the length of Italy to a rail junction, hence the celebration on arrival.

Photo 3 shows another T in the unit, HOT RHYTHM, along with Italian mascot. When I met this chap, probably 25 years ago, he still had the Lica camera and said that it still took a good photo.

Photo 4 is for the trailer buffs. Is this a German trailer? It shows a 70 ton King Tiger in good condition being towed by a DT. I wonder if this is the one in the Samur Museum in France which is a 'runner'.

All the best. Tony G

 

hi new to this site great threads especially the diamond t one my father drove them throughtout ww2 in north africa and italy and he told me some great tales , sadly he passed away before the internet was invented he would heve loved this site I would be interested to see the other ww2 pics you have in case he was in one, I used to be a lorry driver and saw many DTs on the road as wreckers up and down the country but have not seen one for any a year so it great to see so many ipreservation keep up the good work lads, cheers fredm

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this is no 4. it has a bad rod bearing. it is for this one i need an engine. i found one,thanks to ruggyjohn. we gonna change motor i this one in januray. it also need canvas & markings but that is on the shelf. the reason for the bearing failure was that previus owner drove it without oilpressure. problem was a clogged screen in the pan. wen i buy one i alwas check screen in pan and the radiator with often also is clogged or full of rustpieces from inside top tank.

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this is how an 981 radiator can look when you remove the top tank. i had to remove the bottom tank also because most cells were stuck with rust. it took a couple of hour to go thru it with different dipsticks and a tiny drill.

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Beautifull collection over there in Sweden Harper !

For my work as truckdriver I am a lot of times in Sweden

and don't see ww 2 trucks often.

Good to see there are T- fans over there too.

At the moment I am restoring a 981 myself, ex Belgium

with a Volvo engine. Not original engine of course but it

drives normal speed.

Hope my message and pictures comes over well; its my first.

 

Best wishes from Holland for all in 2012,

 

Klaas

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hi. i saw that in an ad for some years ago. i was thinking how it could run in normal speed because the rear ends are very sensitive higher speed. somebody told me that 40-45 km/h i the limit on the 11:66 ratio. please visit me when you are in sweden. im 100 km north helsingborg on E4 around markaryd.

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