This 1947 Diamond T Model 404 HHS 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 ton flatbed truck is a very nice and straight original rust free vehicle from dry Montana ready to be restored or customized. The original engine runs well and the truck drives OK but has no functional brakes. There is absolutely no rusted out sheet metal anywhere on this truly exceptional truck. The cab on this truck is in truly exceptional condition overall with no rusted through or even heavily pitted or thin spots anywhere. The worst part of this cab has to be the roof because it has several small dents in it that will take an experienced metal man a while to straighten out properly. The left door check strap is broken. The left door is not dented at the bottom from hitting the back of the left front fender yet but the fender has a small dent in it where the door hit it several times. We lubricated the door hinges and the door latches and they work beautifully now and both window regulators work fine too. Both of the side window glasses are dated coded 9126 indicating a manufacture date of September 12, 1946 so they may be the originals. Both doors are in excellent condition with no damage at all except for about fifteen 1/4" or so mirror mounting bracket holes in each door. There is only a small bit of sag in the drivers door because the bottom hinge is a bit loose on the cab door pillar. This truck is equipped with the vacuum shifted two speed rear axle. The model 404 is considered to be a 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 ton truck depending on how it is equipped. It is the smallest pre-1950 Diamond T truck that uses the longer hood and front fenders and has more room in the cab than the 201 pickup or 306 truck has. The HHS designation in the model number has a special meaning. The first H signifies heavier than standard axle springs and a rear axle of 19,000 lb rating rather than the standard 16,000 pound rating. The HS signifies that this truck is equipped with an Eaton vacuum shifted two speed rear axle. The data tag indicates that 34 mph is the recommended top speed in low range while 48 mph is the recommended top speed in high range. The very graceful front fenders are 16 inches longer than those on the 201 and 306. The impressive hood is 10 inches longer than that on the 201 and 306 trucks. The back of the cab is 3 inches longer than the 201 and 306 to give the operator more leg room. The sheet metal on this truck is very good and has absolutely no rusted out spots anywhere. The front fenders each have a very recent dent in the lower front part of them just above the top of the bumper. The original clutch and brake pedal pads are included but worn a bit. The accelerator pedal is missing but the guy that has the front license plate brackets has two that I hope to eventually get and send one on to the new owner of this truck. The oil pressure gauge has been replaced with an incorrect later gauge. The speedometer glass lens is missing and the dial is somewhat weathered. Both of the seat bottom cushions are the originals and are in very nice condition except for the original outer covering that is getting very tired. The seat back rest is not the original and is from another vehicle of some kind. The floor toe board is very good except where someone trimmed some of it away to the right and rear of the gear shift lever. This may have been done for access to the PTO on the right side of the transmission. The rear floor board is made of plywood and is in good condition. I am not sure if this is the original floor or not so please let me know if you can. I can not figure out how it was supposed to be held in place. It fits down in a 3/4" deep recess and has no holes for retaining screws like my 1949 model 201 pickup has. The cab on this truck is in truly exceptional condition overall with no rusted through or even heavily pitted or thin spots anywhere. The 20" Clark lock ring wheel rims appear to be fine and rust free. The right front wheel is shown with 2 of the 6 rim retaining missing. I found one of them on top of the transmission but I am afraid the other is gone forever. All of the tires are 8.25 -20's and hold air except for the inner dual on the left side that blew out before I bought this truck. A correct spare rim and tire assembly is included but the tire is junk and it laid for some time on the bed with a tire installed so it has some water trapped in it which tends to rust the rim. I was excited that it was still with this truck because most older trucks like this that I run across rarely have the correct original spares with them. The front hub caps are the original painted ones and are fine except for a minor dent in the right one. I have no rear hub caps for this truck. The brakes will most likely need a complete rebuild including wheel cylinders, hoses, master cylinder and booster. The rear cross member with the Diamond T logo stamped in it is fine except for a small crack below the center of the logo. This truck has a PTO on the right side of the transmission but no visible way of shifting it in and out of gear. I suspect this truck had a grain box with a hoist that was removed many years ago when the 1930's Ford bed that is now on this truck was installed. That bed is 12'-2" long by 7'-3" wide and is in only fair condition. The floor is intact but the supporting steel stringers and outer framework are showing their age. This truck measures 84" from the back of the cab to the center of the rear axle. Don't miss this opportunity to restore or customize a desireable 47 Diamond T 404 truck. Please call (406) 318-0270 for details about this restorable classic project truck. For sale $5,000.
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