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OSHKOSH 10 Feb 2013 22:13 #106299

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Anyone remember ( or photos),of the Oshkosh's of Freight Transfer that used to run Sydney to Adelaide circa late 60's

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Re: OSKOSH 10 Feb 2013 23:54 #106300

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I can remember one when i lived in Mc Court St

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Re: OSKOSH 11 Feb 2013 00:02 #106301

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I can remember living in Mc Court St Wiley Park [Sydney]and someone down the street used to drive an OSHKOSH for Freight Transfer , never did get to know him , i new Happy Jack from HARTRIDGES in the same street .

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Re: OSKOSH 11 Feb 2013 19:01 #106302

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I found a photo of a Freight Transfer Oshkosh R series-probably a 1234,1238 or 1244 model. Would have a Caterpillar 1673A-225 h.p. or 1673B-245 h.p. motor I would think. With Oshkosh model numbers of this era, the first 2 numbers represented the front axle rating-12=12,000 lbs, the last 2 numbers represented the rear axle or bogie rating-34=34,000 lbs (Rockwell SLHD) probably.

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Re: OSKOSH 11 Feb 2013 20:00 #106303

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Thanks for the photo. I remember talking to one of the drivers in Hay one night, and he said it was the roughest riding truck he had ever driven.

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Re: OSKOSH 11 Feb 2013 20:39 #106304

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Geez heavy trucks for highway runnin.

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Re: OSHKOSH 13 Feb 2013 10:08 #106305

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I remember seeing one of these I think it was yellow (ish) around Sydney about 1971/2 occasionally pulling 20ft containers, the unit appeared bigger than the containers. I think it was Chullora/Villawood terminal areas

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Re: OSHKOSH 16 Apr 2013 05:37 #106306

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Oshkosh I drove one of these in 1971. It was then owned by Joe Harri he was a real sucker for punishment and had bought two of them. The truck had had a spraygun overhaul at Waggon Jacks (Waugh & Josephson) and was now yellow. The worst truck I ever drove. 1673B Catterpiller engine 4x4 air split spicer and hendrickson rear end. It wouldn't pull a sick lady off a portable toilet device. It was as rough as fourty bastards and if you rolled the window down more than one inch you froze in winter. If you rolled it up you gassed yourself within twenty minutes. The only good thing I can say about them is that very few ever infected Australian Roads. :'(

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Re: OSHKOSH 16 Apr 2013 20:21 #106307

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That is virtually the opinion of the driver that I spoke to on the Hay plains when they were new. I can only shudder to think what they were like after a few years. No heaters in trucks in the late sixties

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Re: OSHKOSH 14 Sep 2014 17:17 #106308

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hi.I accidentally stumbled on this thread.I an the eldest son of the man that ran this for Ron Bright- the owner.I still have a few pictures me these trucks and one me a commer knocker towing a swallows trailer. email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cheers Ron Bloomfield

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