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Salt Lake Diamond T
1947 Diamond T Model 201 1-ton.  Sold new by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg dealer in Salt Lake City that provided race vehicles and ground support for land speed record runs by Ab Jenkins from 1935 through 1949.  This truck was used by the Bonneville Intermountain distributor for General Tire through 1965. A General Tire employee bought the truck and retired it to Ranch duty in a remote desert town.  It was discoveed there in 2012.  

More history of this truck is being documented at http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=801156

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Video of the truck driving is at http://youtu.be/NKs4zr32YUc

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Video of the truck driving is at http://youtu.be/NKs4zr32YUc

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Diamond T 201 from the Wilkinson dealership carrying tires and tools for Ab Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor

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Using the Diamond T to service tires on the Mormon Meteor with Ab Jenkins

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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medallion on the dash of the Salt Lake Diamond T
"World's Quickest Stopping Tire"


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Wheeler General Tire in Salt Lake City used this Diamond T 201 service truck in the 40's and opened this new $150,000 building in 1950.  Business was good for the tire that "Set New Records For Mileage"

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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Video of the truck driving is at http://youtu.be/NKs4zr32YUc

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dash instruments with "World's Fastest Stopping Tire" medallion. An extra temperature gage is included.

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Temperature gage works, but glass is broken.  An extra face and glass is included.

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extra Diamond T temperature gage

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Diamond T hood trim

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Diamond T hood ornament

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Diamond T hood ornament

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Video of the engine running is at http://youtu.be/yXeATkI8Cvo

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Video of the engine running is at http://youtu.be/yXeATkI8Cvo

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interior

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Interior

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back of cab

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original Diamond T floor mat.  Floors are perfectly solid.

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seat riser

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Access compartment under seat.  Frame still has black paint on it.

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General Tire sign on door

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The original grill has a broken bar.  I have a good, complete (both sides) grill to go with the truck.

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New grill

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Sideboard signs were recreated based on historical research.

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inside of bed

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I acquired and installed a pair of rare dual rear wheel centers replacing the original single rear wheels.

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I acquired and installed a pair of rare dual rear wheel centers replacing the original single rear wheels.

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These optional wheels allow the option of running duals or single rear wheels.

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The optional, dual rear wheel center can also run a single rear tire.

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Optional, fender-mounted  Diamond T turn signals

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pickup bed and parts truck available

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pickup bed and parts truck available

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parts truck and pickup bed available

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1963 Utah registration found in truck

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1964 UT license plates still on the truck

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book written by Ab Jenkins Copywright 1945

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Found in truck

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Mormon Meteor III being loaded onto a truck.  A Diamond T 201 is visible in the background.

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O.J. Wilkinson (the Diamond T dealer) and Ab Jenkins photographed by a specially outfitted Cord in front of Wilkinson Motors in Salt Lake City

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The Diamond T dealer and Ab Jenkins photographed by a specially outfitted Cord in front of Wilkinson Motors in Salt Lake City

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Mormon meteor with Diamond D-X logos

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Ab Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor being filmed from the back of a Diamond T truck.

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The Mormon Meteor with a Diamond T truck on the Salt Flats.

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Ab Jenkins in an Auburn speedster from Wilkinson Motors

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Ab Jenkins in an Auburn speedster from Wilkinson Motors.

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Auburns at Bonneville

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Auburns in the showroom at Wilkinson Motors in Salt Lake City

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Auburns, Indians, and Ab Jenkins

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Auburns, Indians, and Ab Jenkins

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Wilkinson operated other businesses in addition to the Diamond T dealership. printed in the Murray Eagle circa 1946-1948

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Charles Wheeler took over the Salt Lake City and Bonneville Intermountain tire dealership from H. Spencer Brown in 1946.  This photo circa 1934.

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General Tire slogan: Setting New Records For Mileage

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Grand re-opening of the Salt Lake City and Bonneville Intermountain tire dealership under Charles Wheeler in 1946.

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1946, Wheeler had a fleet of 4 International Harvester service trucks.  By 1950, the Bonneville Intermountain distributor operated a fleet of 14 trucks.  Truck #6 was a 1947 Diamond T 201.  Trucks 5 and 7-14 are unknown.

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1950: New $150,000 building to house fleet of 14 service trucks in Salt Lake City

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General Tire opens new building in 1950.

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Eevn after Dueseberg went out of business Major, Ab Jenkins and Wilkinson were associates through the Republican party.

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Wilkinson (Diamond T dealer and Republican party Chair) invited to meet President Eisenhower. Printed in Murray Eagle, Jan. 1954.

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The Mormon Meteor at Bonneville

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General Tire advertising

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The Tire that Stops Skids Swerves and Tail Spins

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1947 Diamond T sales literature

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1947 Diamond T sales literature

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1947 Diamond T sales literature

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from the Salt Lake City Diamond T dealership

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Diamond T truck dealership

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Diamond T truck dealership

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Diamond T truck dealership

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Diamond T truck in service with Utah Power & Light

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Ab Jenkins always credited his endurance to never drinking alcohol

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Found in Diamond T advertising insurance "For Non-Drinkers"

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Tachometer drawn on dash by hand

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1965 receipt for gas from the Lubritorium in Salt Lake City made out to Wheeler General Tire

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An employee of Wheeler General Tire purchased the Diamond T and retired to to his ranch in a remote desert town in Utah.  It remained there until found in 2012.

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An employee of Wheeler General Tire purchased the Diamond T and retired to to his ranch in a remote desert town in Utah.  It remained there until found in 2012.

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Currenlty located in Missouri, the Diamond T is once again running and driving.

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extra grills

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Ab Jenkins running a Pierce Arrow V-12 at Bonneville

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Mormon Meteor I with Duesenberg engine

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Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor II with Curtis aircraft engine

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Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor

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The Mormon Meteor III at Bonneville

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The Mormon Meteor III at Bonneville

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The Mormon Meteor III at Bonneville

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Ab Jenkins setting land speed record on and Allis Chalmers tractor

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Ab Jenkins and his land speed record tractor

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Ab Jenkins' truck specially built to haul the Mormon Meteor

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Internationl competition for land speed records at Bonneville 1930's

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painting a stripe on the Bonneville Salt Flats

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painting a stripe on the Bonneville Salt Flats

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Bonneville

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Bonneville push trucks

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Diamond T panel van

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Diamond T truck

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Diamond T

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Diamond T bus at a Utah internment camp

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Ranchers build a truck

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Utah traffic accident

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Diamond T panel truck with window

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Diamond T was most well known for big, heavy trucks.

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General Tire advertisement from Salt Lake City

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General Tire advertisement

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new signs for the Salt Lake Diamond T

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General Tire advertisement from the Salt Lake Telegram circa 1947

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General Tire advertisement from the Salt Lake Telegram

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The World's Quickest Stopping Tire

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88 Feet per Second

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Jack's General Tire Vernal, Utah

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Jack's General Tire Vernal, Utah

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Jack's General Tire Vernal, Utah

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Jack's General Tire Vernal, Utah

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Test cars proved General's mileage on hot desert roads.

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Safe Travel at fast summer speeds

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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Vintage General Tire Advertisement

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65 receipt for gas at the Lubritorium in Salt Lake City

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Found in dispatch pcket

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original documents found in the Salt Lake Diamond T

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Found in Truck dispatch pocket: tire tag from dealership

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Seiberling Rubber Company
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The Salt Lake Diamond T sitting out a Missouri snow storm in its new home

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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original Diamond T floormat

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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Wheeler General Tire truck #6

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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The Salt Lake Diamond T

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Getting new sideboards

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rare, dual rear wheel center with inner dual rim mounted.

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rare dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels mounted

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheels

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dual rear wheel center with single rim mounted in centered position

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dual rear wheel with single rim and tire mounted

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single rear wheel

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General Tire sign on the door

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dual rear wheels (rare option on a 1-ton)

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dual rear wheels (rare option on a 1-ton)

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Ab Jenkins at Bonneville

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Found in Truck

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Jack's General Tire Vernal,UT

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old racer

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Diamond T

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Diamond T COE in Bozeman

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Grand re-opening of the Salt Lake City and Bonneville Intermountain tire dealership under Charles Wheeler in 1946.

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1946, Wheeler had a fleet of 4 International Harvester service trucks.  By 1950, the Bonneville Intermountain distributor operated a fleet of 14 trucks.  Truck #6 was a 1947 Diamond T 201.  Trucks 5 and 7-14 are unknown.

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General Tire opens new building in 1950.

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New $150,000 building to house fleet of 14 service trucks in Salt Lake City

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1947 Diamond T 201 Features

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1947 Price List Diamond T 201

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Diamond T 201 Express Pickups

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Barn contents as discovered Dec. 2012

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Barn contents as discovered Dec. 2012

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Digging out the junk to reveal the Diamond T

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Diamond T 201 Instruments

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Diamond T 201 speedometer

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Diamond T 201 parts truck

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extra Diamond T 201 cab

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extra Diamond T 201 cab

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extra Diamond T 201 cab

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extra Diamond T 201 cab

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Diamond T 201 frame and axles

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extra Diamond T 201 frame and axles

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extra Diamond T 201 Hercules six cylinder engine and Clark 4 speed transmission

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Diamond T 201 parts truck

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Diamond T 201 parts truck

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Frank's tire shop in Vernal, UT was briefly associated with Wheeler Gernal Tire from Salt Lake City

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The relationship between Wheeler General Tire and Frank's tire Shop did not end well.

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1941 ad.  prior to Wheeler taking over General Tire from H. Spencer Brown

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Published in the Salt Lake Telegram,1927.  Same location later operated by H. Spencer Brown and Wheeler General Tire.

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General Tire advertisement

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Cord w/ vented front cover (like those raced by Ab Jenkins) in the Reno auto musuem

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A shipping label from Sieberling Rubber in Denver was found in the Salt Lake Diamond T

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Art's personal 201 at the Tilt family home.

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Diamond T's at the Guide headlight factory.

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Gene Autry's Diamond T

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Inside the Diamond T factory Chicago 1946

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Diamond T dealer

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Diamond T pickup

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Charles A. Tilt founder of Diamond T

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Diamond T Diesel

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Diamond T dealer

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Diamond T dealer

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Charles A. Tilt (Diamond t founder and President Eisenhower

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Wilkinson (Diamond T dealer and Republican Chairman) invited to meet President Eisenhower. Printed in the Murray Eagle, Jan. 1954

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