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    Had the opportunity to buy this Diamond T from the Kevin Kronlund Collection. I spent a week at Kevin's place about 3yrs ago, a time I will never forget. He treated me as if he had known me for year's. We went out to what he called the shed which was a 90x190 building on his property which housed the bulk of his collection. I climbed up into this very truck and as I looked out across the very long hood Kevin told me the story where it came from. He found a warehouse in Norway full of these Diamond T's closed cab and open cab which were put in storage shortly after the war. He pulled one of each out and brought them back to the state's. So when here resently I had the chance to buy the truck I quickly sold the Cuda I had and made a deal with Thea. I could go on for another 500 word's on how much I enjoyed the time I spent at Kevin's, it's an honor to own a piece of of his collection as well as to have heard it's history right out of Kevin's mouth. Ray Patton will be transporting it for me in a couple of week's.
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    Congrats, that's a nice truck. Been in it myself.
    Funny, I sold a '70 Challenger to get an Army Cars M1A1 WLF wrecker back in '06.
    Kevin helped me ship it over from Amsterdam.
    Those were some really good times at his place.
    I miss him a lot.
    Ray is a hoot. Say hi from the Minnesota long-hair.
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    That is an impressive vehicle! Did you get the trailer also? I don't know Kevin Kronlund, but from the pictures and your description, he must be a "step above". Congrats on you purchase, hope you have many enjoyable adventures with the old girl!
    God bless,
    Tony

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    That is a monster. Did you get the trailer too?

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    November 10th, 2012.

    I can't say I envy many people on here or anywhere else, but that is one impressive machine. Recurring question, did the trailer come with it in your deal? The few WWII vets left will probably come outta the woodwork now when you run that beast....

    Good luck on your new machine!
    Cheers,

    Kyle F. McGrogan

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    No, just the truck, could not afford the trailer. Thea was kind enough to seperate the two.

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    That truck is definitely you, Dirt!

    Then again, it's not really your type of truck. It's too nice to do a bolt-by-bolt teardown and rebuild of it!
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    Mind taking anymore pics? My grandfather was a driver back in the day. He's aways telling us good stories and I've been trying to find some good pics for a while. Definitely a cool truck and certainly in nice shape!
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    Beautiful! Are those trucks up in North Dakota? the building looks like one I saw up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddawg308 View Post
    That truck is definitely you, Dirt!

    Then again, it's not really your type of truck. It's too nice to do a bolt-by-bolt teardown and rebuild of it!

    Yeh right Dawg! The most I see myself doing is minor touch up paint, I've never even seen under the hood so might do a little detail there. Most certainly will not deface the truck in any way other than how Kevin had it. I will be shopping for new 1200x20 NDT's when I can afford them. I thouht the 10 ton's were fast, I'm looking forward to the blistering top speed of 23 mph with this truck.

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