Picking up the Kenworth in the Hunter Valley (as well as some hay!)
Trucks fascinated me. I am lucky that, as an auctioneer and valuer, I can spend a lot of time with them as part of my job. However, I always wanted to "own one".
Well, 4 weeks ago I got one! Its another tick on the bucket list. So, here are the Stats-
1985 built Kenworth W model prime mover. Day cab. Ex Blue Circle Southern Dubbo truck. Fitted with Cummins 400 horse power big cam engine, running through a 15 speed Road Ranger Gearbox, and sitting on torsion bar suspension. Yes, I know- some will not like that suspension spec, however, it does give you 12 inches of travel, a softer ride and is perfect for rougher road conditions.
Just arrived at the depot. The truck drove faultlessly.
Its described as a "mid wheel base" which makes it look great in my opinion. The interior and the truck overall still has its original features, as well as original fleet paintwork. Its been well looked after too. Being a highway truck its not worn out or loose.
I am not after a "blingy" hot rod truck, and don't have then money for that. I prefer the truck to remain as it was-a "working truck." With a history of millions of miles...
View from drivers seat
Our plan is- to sell the "bin", (thats the tipper part), off the back and return it to a prime mover spec.
Paint the chassis the original colour (grey), fit rear guards and do some minor electrical/mechanical work to ensure its safe and road worthy.
Kenworth W179 in workshop.
Work done so far- Headlights repaired and replaced (as necessary).
Batteries replaced and rewired.
Jakes brake adjusted and rewired.
All clearance lights, roof lights checked for operation.
I want to say a big thank you to Bert, the previous owner of the truck, for allowing me to buy it. I would also like to that Ross from Johnson Transport for organising the sale, as well as the delivery.
More to come!