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What Am I for Wednesday 5/16/12
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By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:05 PM
Big wrecker. Photo from Dan Souday.
By ppsyclone - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:07 PM
Ward Lafrance
By clyde318 - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:14 PM
Yep. Ward LaFrance for me too.
By Warren Richardson - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:18 PM
Diamond T
By RICKY352PETES - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:26 PM
By Don MacKenzie - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:34 PM
I believe Warren has this one. I'll go along with him. DIAMOND T
By AUSSIEWHITE - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:01 PM
Just to be different a REO
By BBRADMV - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:56 AM
WW II Diamond T with Holmes 45 wrecker set.

By john gott - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 1:40 AM
Diamond T 969A open cab with HOLMES W 45 wrecker. late '43 to '45
It still has the Hercules RXC engine in it.

John G
By Jack Amaral - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:39 AM
By Gordon_M - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:43 AM
It's a T type 969 with a few bits missing.
By Bill Murray - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:01 PM
I think I agree with the DT ID.
Question is, the language of the sign on the left and the sign by the truck.
Is it Hebrew or maybe Arabic???
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:38 PM
I don't know about the sign, I was hoping Tatra might be along and be able to translate it for us. No doubt about the truck though, it is what remains of an open cab Diamond T 969 4 ton 6x6 with a Holmes W45 wrecker set. These trucks were the standard 4 ton wrecker of WW2 and many of them saw service in civilian life after the war both here and overseas. Warren Richardson had this 1st; thanks to Dan Souday for the photos. John Gott, how about some pics of your DT ?
By john gott - Friday, May 18, 2012 12:21 PM
Per your request Jeff. I have been working on this truck for 5 years. A total nut and bolt refurbishment. I hope to be done later this year.
By john gott - Friday, May 18, 2012 12:22 PM
another photo
By john gott - Friday, May 18, 2012 12:23 PM
By john gott - Friday, May 18, 2012 12:26 PM
last iamge
By Bill White - Friday, May 18, 2012 12:29 PM
John, That is looking great
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Friday, May 18, 2012 2:51 PM
Can't argue with Bill John, that does look great. Please keep us in the loop on your progress.
By Bruce Ohnstad - Friday, May 18, 2012 4:14 PM
those are double reduction Timken rears, right? Timken suspension?

By john gott - Saturday, May 19, 2012 2:02 AM
Yes, the axles are TIMKEN double reduction , 8.421 to 1, top speed is 40 mph with a tail wind, more reasonably it is 35 mph.
By john gott - Saturday, May 19, 2012 2:06 AM
Here the dash coming together
By john gott - Saturday, May 19, 2012 2:07 AM
and the other side
By Bill White - Saturday, May 19, 2012 3:16 AM
John, looks better than new

By Gordon_M - Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:03 AM
It is better than new. Last time I drove a 969A I think the rev limit was either 1800 or 2100 - what does it say on that plate? I spent days trying to troubleshoot the starter system too, with little success. She would turn over, ran like a bird when running, but needed to be tow started every time. There are a lot here in the UK but with the cost of fuel they don't get a lot of use.

That's much neater than factory. Don't suppose you have a spare hard cab Tri - Master cab ventilator, or parts ? Any parts you are short of?
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:28 AM
John, you do beautiful work. I know it is a ways off, but I can't wait to see the WLF when you and your son are done with it.
By john gott - Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:46 AM

I know you have been looking for the ventilator for a long time, they are very rare. I noticed when the 980's were rebuilt in the 50's, the ventilators are removed. Jeff, thanks. I have been busy collecting parts for the WLF. I should be starting that project in the fall when the Diamond T is done.

Gordon, the rev limiter is 2300 rpm's.
By john gott - Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:05 AM
This picture was taken last year (May 2011) at the Aberdeen show. That is my son next to Dave Welch (MVPA President). Hopefully we can have it done in 2 years. My son can already drive it and he has the double clutching protocol down.
By john gott - Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:08 AM
here is the correct picture
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Saturday, May 19, 2012 1:24 PM
Thanks for posting those John. It is good to see the Ward out and about.

I'm glad you posted the 2nd photo, in the first one it looked like your "son" was about your age !
By Gordon_M - Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:15 PM
Thanks John There's a surprising number of WLF's in Europe too, I even remember a handful of the really early versions like yours in Army Cars in Holland