Air start isnt the magic a lot of non users think......first is when its frosty......air would run out before the motor fired ,unless you had ether.......F model Macks were notorious for not having enough air ....GMs were bad for needing a lot of cranking to get fuel up ,and running out of air............Next drama was tanks ...very thin ,and was quite common for the tank to be worn away front lower edge behind the front wheel from gravel..........And they were a lot more expensive than four batteries.....Finally ,they usually had a tire valve ,so the tank could be inflated when it ran down......took ages...........Anyhoo ,the best air starter was the "Startmaster " pre engaged,......the IR was a Bendix gear type and chewed the ring gear.
I totally agree, apart from the nostalgia of hearing a air start they really are a pain the bum, like a pilot motor on a Cat or hot bulb on a bulldog and the list goes on
If any of this stuff was as good as people make out we wouldn't have done away with it
Real frosty morning and the big air solenoid valve on the start tank freezes up
Cant go no were until its thawed so I wrap the valve up in rags when I think this might happen
Your better to die trying than live on your knees begging
Greetings. I was curious as to what happened to Blaney Stock & Freight- I would have take that photo in the early 70's. I think there may have been an abattoir in Blaney as there was also a mob called Blaney Abattoirs who ran K model Kenworths. The Stock & freight mob also had a 7564 TDB day cab and they had spread axle stock trailers with the spare tyre between the spread axles. The F86 Volvo and Commer were for a R I & R J Smith from Kingston- they were big trucks in those days- Schrapels' had R190's & I think even a Loadstar before moving with the times and upgrading with bigger horsepower trucks. I reckon a lot of the trucks of that era were also V8 petrols. So, who would know what happened to Blayney Stock & Freight? Next time.