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This 1947 Diamond T is owned by Hugh Lumgair. The truck was originally 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.
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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.
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TheMightyQuinn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting truck and commentary!
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
there were two images I posted of this truck, but I like this one the best.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional
very nice
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PaintedOnMySoul Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
This deviation has been featured here: [link]
:heart:Kat
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
thank you.
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Photoninja Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
I like the way it seems to be emerging from the vegetation. Neat perspective.
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TJPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008   Photographer
Awesome!!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Another rusty beauty!
-YD
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
I think this is one of the most beautiful truck I have seen. The image does not really do her justice, but there is only so much one can do with a vehicle buried in bush.
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Wow...great angle!
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Excellent!!!!!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
:w00t: I finally found this shot, Wayne! I knew you had uploaded a couple of shots of it, but I lost it in the crush of submissions I got recently :boogie:

It's really good to see this old truck. Man, were they built solid! Loof at that! REAL metal hood and fenders. This truck must weigh 15,000 lbs by itself. I used to drive something similar to this that had the old Hercules motor in it. It had pretty good power and was fairly bullet-proof.

I really appreciate the extra effort you took to get us some of the history behind this Diamond T and the company. The truck I learned to drive in was a '68 Diamond Reo. It was already 3 years old when I was born, so it already had the goody run out of it before I started on it :D

Thanks again for sharing this :handshake: :+favlove:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Thanks John,

For me the one thing missing is more specifics on this truck. For instance the size of engine, and the GVW. I am guessing 4 tons, but they were apparently under rated. The owner has a picture of it with a thrashing machine on the back. Those things were not light, but the truck looks like there is no weight on it even though the trashing machine hangs over by 1/3.

Did you get a chance to see the other shots in the link? I posted the shot that was the most within my style, then I posted 2 other shots and put links to them which showed the truck more as it is.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Yup, got 'em and fav'd 'em :w00t: Thanks!
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Che-Gue-Petey Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
wonderful shot. great DOF! also, i love the brief history.
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jevinart Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
ooooooh -- nice!!!! :omg:
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:iconlesnyswietlik:
lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Built to last... ;)
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
yes indeed, but there are not many around here.
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lipickwick Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Nice diamond Wayne !! :clap: !!
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
thanks Lili
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Lavalynne Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
It's absolutely beautiful! Wonderful work Wayne! :heart:
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Gabrielb1984 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
great `pic!
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Spazeman85 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Nice truck, and great story.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
thanks.

The history is just stuff that is available on line. Nothing really very special.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Why don't you sit on the hood so I can get a better idea of the size? :D
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
did you check out the links? They might help.

I did sit on the hood, but Orca refused to push the shutter...
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I missed the links completely! These are links to pics put up today. Why are they not in my devwatch? :hmm:

I still need you to sit on the hood. Tell Ralph to lend a hand... :D
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
lol...

they aren't in your watch because you don't watch that gallery....:D

I will talk to ralph....but he is in a pissy mood today.

The books arrived. I will slip into the US and send yours later this week.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that Ralph! Of course, I get that way myself sometimes...

Can't wait! :clap:
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alimuse Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
She's a beauty!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
He's got quite a grin! Nice story too
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ottomatt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
great shot, and love the story :-)
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Excellent shot! :clap:
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EmulsedInCreation Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome pict, i love old cars!
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
thanks,

I think i would have to admit to that too. :D (I just got a call from the printer that my Old Ride book is ready for pickup.... D)
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