Help Support The Diamond T Restoration Work

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Chief 

$5000 Donation - Lifetime Rides

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Captain

$1000 Donation - Five Rides

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Lieutenant

$500 Donation - Three Rides

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Cadet

$20 Donation - One Ride

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Friend

Donation Amount of Your Choice

Diamond T  Says No Thanks to Retirement

Maybe you have seen the Diamond T Fire Truck rolling around town, through the 4th of July parade, or maybe you even took a ride! 

Much like the rest of us, the Diamond T is growing old gracefully and it needs a little tender loving care to get back to tip-top shape. After 84 years of service, the Diamond T needs a motor repair. The motor has been pulled and delivered to a Manitowoc machine shop for a complete rebuild. That's just a start new tires, an exhaust upgrade, and other repairs will be required to get the 'ol Diamond T to be the star of the 4th of July parade once again!

After much searching, we were happy to find a company in
Manitowoc to repair the motor. We are anxious with anticipation of having our restored truck back in action this year. We hope to have your support for this project which is so important for the Greendale Community.

 

How can you help? Volunteers with mechanical skills are always needed or come along and join the Diamond T Club today!

We're looking to raise $15,000 to support the Diamond T restoration efforts.

As seen on TMJ4 News

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New in 1938

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Being Restored Today

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1938 Diamond T

Model 509s

Put in Service for the Village of Greendale on September 1, 1938

Greendale's First

New Fire Engine

The Greendale Review - September 10, 1938

The Greendale Volunteer Fire Department is now the proud custodian of a brand, spanking-new Howe-built, fire fighting combination. The unit is constructed on a Diamond T chassis, and comprises a Howe centrifugal pump, ladders, fire extinguishers, an auxiliary water tank of 200 gallons capacity, 1000 feet of 2-1/2 inch hose, 450 feet of 1-1/2 inch hose, and 150 feet 1 inch hose. The pumping unit has a rated capacity of 500 gallons of water per minute, although this output can be increased to 700 gallons (as demonstrated at the initial tryout) at a shaft speed of 2850 R.P.M. The 95 horsepower Diamond T engine does the work.

1938 Diamond T

Through the Years

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Where the engine has been since 1938

The truck was used by the Greendale Fire Department until 1970 when it was sold to a collector. Between 1970 and 1985 the whereabouts of the truck are unknown.

In 1985 it was found in a Milwaukee south-side junk yard - sold to an employee at a local automotive body shop and then purchased by a Milwaukee collector that restored it and featured it in Greendale's 50th Anniversary parade in 1988.

From 1990 to 2015 it was owned by collectors in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, Lawton, Michigan, Santa Clara, Utah and then Randolph, New Jersey.

In October 2015, Steve Cohrs, a New Jersey collector, donated it to the Greendale Historical Society. The cost of transport to Greendale was donated by Al Emmons.

All expenses for the Diamond-T have been paid by donations from private donors.

The Diamond-T is owned, operated, and insured by the Greendale Historical Society, Inc. on behalf of the entire community.

The 1938 Diamond-T arrived back in Greendale on November 13, 2015 after being away for 45 years.