1941 Diamond T
969A 4-ton truck 6x6 Wrecker

This wrecker built by Diamond T, was the U.S. Army's standard medium wrecker during World War II.

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The Model 969 was equipped with the Holmes W-45 heavy duty military wrecker bed with its twin boom and two 5-ton winches at the front of the bed as well as a front-mounted winch. A variety of other recovery equipment was carried, along with its own air compressor.

The company’s name was created when Charles Arthur Tilt’s father, shoe maker, chose as quality emblem for its products, the diamond. The T of Tilt was included in a diamond originally painted gold. His son who grew up in a workshop environment with machines everywhere built his first car in 1905.

When a loyal customer asked him to build a truck in 1911, the Company took on a new direction. As the result of the success, Charles Arthur Tilt decided to discontinue car manufacturing and to concentrate solely on truck manufacturing.

The Diamond T 969 is selected by the US Army in 1940. Its construction began in 1940, in the Corbitt factory. Following the construction of a small series, some components, in particular the dashboard, were standardized according to the US Army standards. Its name was then changed for 969A instead of 969. This wrecker is equipped with 2 crane booms that give it a great versatility. Each crane boom is linked to a 5 ton winch located behind the truck’s cab. Two retractable legs allow the stabilization of the truck. The crane booms can work together or be disconnected making two independent cranes. At the front takes place a 5 ton Gar Wood Winch. A total of 7 245 units were manufactured by Diamond T, Marmon Herrington and Corbitt companies.

GENERAL DATA - Pending
Crew 2
Weight Net (lb) 21,350
  Payload (lb)  
  Gross (lb)  
Axle load (lb:)
  Empty front: rear (each)  
  Loaded front: rear (each)  
Tires Ply 12 Size psi 70
  Tread, center to center front  
Shipping Dimensions uncrated    
Vehicle Dimensions ground clearance inches 11
  Height inches 111
  Width inches 101
  Length inches 292
Shipping dimensions (cu ft) (sq ft)  
Pintle Height (in) Loaded Unloaded  
Electrical system volts 6
  Batteries number 2
  Type of ground positive
Capacities Fuel, 70 octane gasoline (gal) 60
  Cooling System (gal) 11.6
  Crankcase (refill) (qts) 16
Transmission (qts)  
Transfer (qts)  
Axles (front) (qts)  
Rear (each wheel) (qts)  
 Winch Oil Capacity (front) (qts)  
Rear (qts)  
Rear winch transmission (qts)  
Load capacity front (lbs)  
Load capacity rear (lbs)  
 Crane Oil capacity (qts) 4
Lift capacity (lbs) 16,000
 Brakes Manufacturer Bendix- Westinghouse Air
 Parking Brake   Type Transfer
PERFORMANCE
Maximum grade-ability (%)  
Turning Radius (ft) Right 35 Left  
Fording Depth   (in)  
Angle of approach (deg) with winch without  
Angle of departure (deg)  
Fuel Capacity Average conditions gal 60
Cruising Range Average conditions (miles)  
Maximum allowable speed (mph) 40
Number of speeds forward  
Transfer Speeds  
Engine
Manufacturer Hercules RXC
Type valve in head In-line, 4 cycle Cylinders 6
Displacement (cu in) 529
Bore (inch)  
Stroke (inch)  
Governed speed (rpm)  
Horsepower 119 @ 2200 rpm
Torque  
Maximum recommended toward load gross (lbs) 25,000
ADDITIONAL DATA
Height with gun mount (in)  
Live axles, type double-reduction full-floating
Transmission Type constant-mesh

Nobody knows how many of these wreckers are surviving today - some knowledgeable sources put their number at around 100. Most most were scrapped when more modern replacements were introduced after WWII

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