Not comin' from Melbourne and only venturin' out that way occasionally, l never really saw the Travancore trucks, or at least remember them, until McColls got a K model (K100G?), and at least 1 Atkinstien. They seemed ta stay in the Travancore livery for some time and l never actually knew at the time about the association between the 2. Those Gardner powered Road Commanders woulda been sweet on the 'ol eardrums. This is probably a bit modern, but this is one a bloke in Ocean Grove has ta cart water around!!
I wish i could remember all the things i have forgotten...
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……… Spotted this old Mack a while back. Spoke to a family member for a while ….got too much info too quick , I don't know
if the brain can recall it all, so I am hoping that this tale is as close to the truth as possible ………...
.Started life with Boral, doing what ever Boral was doing at the time on the east coast of NSW.
...Yeah , a 1975 R685 pretty much standard Mack prime mover, after Boral, it had a couple of owners, the last out Tibooburra way ,
..as i understand,before coming to the Gulgong area, where it was worked for a while before it was decided to upgrade the old
girl to heavier road train status.
.It has now been in the shed for about a year or so while the up grade continues on a casual sort of basis.
Looks a little high, doesnt it, thats because the cab and the Kenworth bunk are now sitting on a suspended sub frame
as is usually done.The bonnet has been raised and lengthened at the front area to accommodate a non electric V8 Mack
donk plus all the extra cooling bizzos.
The whole idea of the thing is to simplify things as much as possible ,for any repairs while outback.
.A 9 ton front axle (i think) will go under the front shortly.
It now has an 18 speed box, so i am thinking there might be an auxillary there some where as the whole thing is going to end
up rated to be a 130 ton road train prime mover.
Thats another pic of the interior , which doesnt look too bad for the age of the truck.
Thats it, untill i kick the brain into gear for the rest of the story. ..................
I came into this world with nothing & still have most of it..........
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