Steve Keys is no stranger to projects, but his cur­rent one is some­what big­ger than the rest: a gen­uine 1938 Di­a­mond T Tex­aco tanker. With Steve’s pas­sion for all old petroleum-re­lated mem­o­ra­bilia, the tanker was the per­fect project for him to take on, adding to his im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of pumps and sig­nage.

The ve­hi­cle had pre­vi­ously been im­ported to New Zealand be­fore Steve got his hands on it, hav­ing pushed the owner a few times to re­lin­quish it. Now, he’s neck deep in the ma­jor re­build, with the goal be­ing to re­turn it back to its for­mer glory. It’s a mas­sive task though, with time hav­ing taken its toll on much of the met­al­work. The team from Cre­ative Metal Works have been en­trusted with the panel recre­ation side — and there’s more to cre­ate than there is left to re­pair.

Steve and wife Sue are doc­u­ment­ing the whole build in de­tail over at tex­a­cotanker­pro­, so if you’re in­ter­ested in watch­ing the build progress, we sug­gest you check it out.

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