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1948 Diamond T 306

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Hello all ,  
I am new to this site and thanks to a friend I finally found a Diamond T.  was looking for a nice 201 but this one will do. I got it from the grandson of the first owner who bought it new in 48 for his tractor dealership. The truck was stuck in a shed in 54 when the dealership closed, and has been sitting there ever since.  My plans are to get it back on the road so i can drive it. not sure if I am going to put a different engine and trans in it so I can go faster than 50 mph. 
I am also looking for one piece of  stainless trim on the left side top of grill below hood.  any help finding that would be fantastic.  If I do an engine swap any suggestions ??  was thinking a Dodge or Chevy straight 6 with auto trans. Hope that will get me to 60 mph.  

Thanks for any help 

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Welcome, cool truck you have.

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Welcome to Just Old Trucks. Those Diamond Ts sure are nice old trucks.
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That little girl is a time capsule. I would not change a thing. just restore it as is. There is plenty of old stuff around to put modern components with for a play toy.



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As Wayne said nice time capsule.
Changing over to something else is rough some days at best,unless your gonna go to a real late model 6 cylinder your really going to be in about the same position, flat out to go anywhere, I would look for a 5 or 6000 series aux trans, that will bump road speed up to 50/55,any faster than that and you'd be overdriving your steering and brakes,they should work fine as they are at these speeds.



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I agree with all the above-- It is to nice a gym to change it much. Besides Aaron's suggestion you might just change to a overdrive transmission (if it doesn't have one) like a Spicer 5853 A, B or C with .78 fifth over. That would take you from 50 to 64 mph. Or 45 to 57.

Please keep us posted. This is going to be a nice project.


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WOW! I live 8 miles from Rosholt WI, but have never heard of Slivicke Implement, although I was 2 when it closed. Are you from the Rosholt area?
As for changes to your truck, as others have mentioned, more speed needs more stopping power, so now you need to replace axles with newer, better stuff and before long, your truck is something very different from what you originally intended it to be. It's called project creep and a lot of projects get abandoned because of it. I play with hot rods so I've been there!


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