"Special Purpose" Tow Truck

quarterpounderThis article is a little off the topic of OLD TRUCKS and their RESTORATION, but in the April 2012 issue of the WSHTC Newsletter there was a photo of a little blue mini tow truck. (shown left) For those readers who have not heard the story of its origins...

It all started with the passing of a 2003 Kia Rio involved in an accident and the birth of the “Quarter Pounder”.

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Max Keogh's Kenworth

P1010670 - Copy Well, it's been a long time coming...34 years in fact. When I was a young kid I grew up backing onto an oval in suburban Sydney and was truck obsessed (I'm simply older now) and during cricket season, more often than not one of the cricketers would turn up driving one of his prime movers. It was Max Keough and he would normally be driving his 8/53 powered Crackerbox Dodge (which now resides in the RTHOF) or his early Scania with 8/71 power. I'd always ride up on my push bike and do a few laps around them, waiting for them to fire up and leave.



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Restoring a 1938 International - Aussie Made Cab #3136

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My 1938 International D15R

In 1938 the Chamens General Store in Condobolin, NSW became owners of a brand new International model D15R tray back delivery truck. The truck began life in USA as a “flat-back cowl” built in September 1937 and was exported to Australia.

Nations around the world were protective of their home industries after the Great Depression and Australia was no different. Truck chassis with the grille, front guards, bonnet and flat-back firewall were imported and the cabins were made and fitted by local Australian coach builders. The D15R fitted this criteria.


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