Is the cab over kenworth one of Reg Ansetts over nighters in the early to mid seventies do you know? They were the same colour as yours and had AFE in a circle on each door ( Ansett freight Exspress) And all your trucks look well cared for!
No, mine wasn't either - (Lang's old rig does look like one tho eh)
Mine was originally one of Hartridges, it's chassis number 106587, which makes it about the 150'th Kenworth, give or take? It looks like Hartidge bought 585 to 589 in one go, all the same spec-871, 10 speed, and so on. No dates on the supply sheet, but by the looks of the trucks either side of them (Shell, Fleet owners and Ballards) it's about December 1966. Mine was crashed and I think bought by AAA crash repairs, who fixed it. Don Stewart bought it from them in 1972, painted it himself, and thats the paint thats still on the old girl today. he bought a brand new 35Ft McGrath trailer too, that was the longest legal rig he could get at the time!
Must have been amazing trucks when these powerhouses hit the road... Imagine compared to your Leyland or Commer.. Geez, my Dad was still in a 1418 up until the 80's.
And because Lang is a legend, and has done an amazing amount of stuff from what I can tell, here he is in his Hartridge Commer, back in the day..
and an old Hartridge pic, no idea if it's my truck or not though.
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It has a very strong resemblance to the dark blue slimline kw cab over bogie drive kenworth , i m not sure how many they had but I was told about 10 30 years ago, maybe some one can clarify for sure, cheers Jim
I Lloyd see if I can upload a picture, cheers
When Hartridge took over Taylor Dalton Freight Lines dad moved to them and first off was given an F86 Volvo and after a while was put into a slimline Kenworth. He only drove that for a short time as the rough ride knocked him around too much so he requested that he get put back into the Volvo which they did. Got a feeling he finished up in a G88.
Yes I reckon I'd be pretty happy in a G88, back in the day. the first truck I bought was an 1977 N10, I couldn't beleive how quiet and comfortable it was. Certainly pretty bloody slow, but it may have been worn out too...
What happened to Hartridges? Did they get bought out by someone?