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Diamond T by WayneBenedet Diamond T by WayneBenedet
Other images of this truck can be found here: [link] and [link]

This 1947 Diamond T is owned by Hugh Lumgair. The truck was originally was owned by Standard Gas Engine Works, the predecessor to Farm King in Morden, Manitoba. It was used to haul material from Winnipeg for the manufacturing plant in Morden.

The truck contains a Hercules engine. The original engine was replaced with an engine from a John Deer Combine by Hugh's uncle. The same engine was used in both machines.

Bob Lumgair bought the truck prior to 1956. To give you an idea of the size of this truck, Hugh has a picture of it with a thrashing machine on the back. They used the truck in 1956 to move the thrashing machine from Morden to south of Boissevain, a trip of about 2 hours on today's highways. Back then, it took considerably longer.

DIAMOND T Trucks known as “The Cadillac of Trucks” was started in 1905 by C.A. Tilt, son of a Chicago shoe manufacturer. Initially, he established a machine shop in a corner of his father’s Diamond T shoe factory and began manufacturing automobiles. The Diamond T Motorcar Company produced cars until 1911. At that point a customer asked Tilt if he could make a truck. He did, and soon Diamond T quit making cars to concentrate on trucks. By 1915 the company began selling trucks outside the Chicago area. During the First World War, Diamond T built 1500 class B trucks for the army. The company continued to grow through the 1920’s, and in 1927 and 1928 made a major change, switching from slow, heavy duty vehicles, to lighter, faster, and much more stylish trucks. The company became one of the major truck manufacturers, and from 1911 through 1966 produced over 250,000 Diamond T trucks.

While "The Handsomest Truck in America" became a long-standing slogan, Diamond T also emphasized its engineering leadership. In World War II, Diamond T produced nearly 50,000 thousand prime movers, half-tracks, army wreckers, tank tractors, and tank movers.

The White Motor Company purchased Diamond T in 1958; moving production from Chicago to Reo's manufacturing facilities in Lansing, Michigan, in 1960, creating the Lansing Division to produce Diamond T and Reo trucks. Both Diamond T and Reo ceased to be separate trucks starting in 1967 when White's new Diamond Reo Division began producing Diamond Reo trucks.
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pookeybrain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Many years ago I had the pleasure of driving a Diamond Reo school bus. It was @15 years old at the time, being a '58 or '59 model, and was rusting badly. What impressed me was the attention to detail with glass everywhere to aid the drivers view and multiple little fans positioned to cool the driver on hot days. It handled far better than much newer Ford / GMC models.
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thanks Michael,

I think your experience would be shared by many. New technology is not always an improvement.
TheMightyQuinn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting truck and commentary!
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
there were two images I posted of this truck, but I like this one the best.
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional
very nice
PaintedOnMySoul Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
This deviation has been featured here: [link]
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
thank you.
Photoninja Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
I like the way it seems to be emerging from the vegetation. Neat perspective.
TJPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008   Photographer
yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Another rusty beauty!
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