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Old 08-24-2005, 05:28 PM
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Diamond T identification?

I ran across a Diamond T today and I am trying to figure out what year it is.
Does anybody know of a website that decodes or lists by year Diamond T vin numbers?



I took a picture of the data plate.

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You have a Model 404, #7499.(That was kinda obvious, wasn't it?) They were made from '38-40 or '41 and '46-49. Prewar versions came in standard (two five inch dash gauges) and deluxe (stainless trim, lots of dash gauges- clock, cigar lighter!- a lot like a '37 Cord.). Postwar were all called deluxe and have a 5" speedo surrounded by four 2 5/8" gauges. There are quite a few differences between the pre and post war versions. If you post a pic(s) showing the hoodside trim, headlight and front grill I could put a year on it.
Another resource is the Diamond T Register at . http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/diamondt/ He has back issues that were really helpfull in teaching me about my Model 201.
The nice thing about the 404 is that it has a big engine compartment that will accept damn near any engine you want to drop in. Whatcha got in mind?

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OK, you guys...what's a Diamond T?
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Diamond T was an independent manufacturer based in Chicago that made most of their trucks in the 30s and 40s. They were one of the few truckmakers that paid attention to style and the only maker that increased sales during the Great Depression. Very Art Deco and right now they're hot and going for way too much money. (Meaning I own 3, want more and am too cheap to pay what they're going for). For pics, check out the gallery at the "these guys" (Diamond T classics.com) link. Models 201, 306, 404 and 509 are the most popular.

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According to your description of the dash gauges this must be a post war model.

This one is a pasture find, the hood is missing but the guy has a lot of stuff around so I intend to ask him about the hood.

So far I am not sure what I am going to do with it other than drag it home while he is still in the mood to get rid of it.

Here are some pictures of the truck.


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There are 3 Diamond T's selling on e-bay right now,$2500.You don't see too many around and even fewer that are rodded.
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Yeah, it's a postwar. The multipiece SS grille makes it a '48 or '49. ('46 grilles were painted, '47s were cast in one piece.) Getting the hood is important-there's a lot of trim that's expensive to replace. Looks like a parts model to me. But, it's still got all the gauges, headlights and hood emblem. What's the gray rig next to it, the one with the delicate tail fin just showing in the last pic?
Here's a pic of a Model 509 almost built rod on a '74 'vette chassis.

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That Model 509 is nice!


The car sitting next to the Diamond T is an Oldsmobile, there are two Pontiacs next to that and on the other side is a 1956 Buick Century 2-door hardtop.
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A friendship with that farmer would be worth cultivating. Let us know how you do with the Diamond T.

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diamond-T

my neighbor has a 1939 diamond-T topless fire truck. only 3 known in existance. it is factory painted blue. I'll try to get pics when the weather gets better.
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hello

hey i was woundering if anyone could help me with another data plate and what truck it is and what year it would be and just any other usfull info i would need to know about it

chassis No: - 2010874
chassis model: - 201
maxium speed: - 51
chassis weight body and load must not exceed: - 8000

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Well, it's a Model 201, pickup truck size, nominal 1 ton rating, and the 874th one to be made. I think that makes it postwar. It's the most common model Diamond T, which is a good thing, because more parts are available for that model than any other. Look for more pix of these trucks in the gallery at the "these guys" link earlier in the thread. There's a lot of other info available at that site, too.

If you could post a pic of the truck, I may be able to tell you a bit more about it.

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That Model 509 is nice!


The car sitting next to the Diamond T is an Oldsmobile, there are two Pontiacs next to that and on the other side is a 1956 Buick Century 2-door hardtop.
I think I'd try and take the two Ponchos home.
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...I'd kill for the visor on that Pontiac... Dont find that stuff around here.
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