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Gascoyne Trading... 25 Oct 2012 18:29 #96490

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g'day all .. with clarkie440 our man on the ground over there up around Geraldton WA, we may be able to find out a bit more about this firm, the trucks, and their origins ....

...got one pic of the long hood Kenworth i can put up, when ol' mate and m'self were travelling around Aus in 1982 but being a front on shot....doesn't show the length of this mighty banger :'( :'( :'(

...anyway lets hope a few blokes can help with this one....cheers

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 25 Oct 2012 21:59 #96491

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Gassies were synonymous with Fodens

www.flickr.com/photos/keltez/7794873960/in/photostream/

This one is a rarity, I saw this one and its sister looking very sad in Kalgoorlie about 1975.

(dammed if I can post urls properly :'( :'(

Life is to short to drink cheap wine.  On the other hand I plan to live forever - So far so goo

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 01:17 #96492

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From a TOLL newsletter in 2001

Wesfarmers Transport commenced operations as Gascoyne
Trading in the north of Western Australia in 1924 and was
one of the oldest established transport operations in WA.
Gascoyne Trading became part of the Wesfarmers Group in
the 1950s and quickly expanded its operations. The
Gascoyne Trading business was traditionally involved in
general freight, developing an extensive linehaul operation
between Perth and Darwin and servicing the majority of
centres in the north of Western Australia.
In 1984 Wesfarmers Transport acquired a 50% interest in
Total Western Transport Pty Ltd from Mayne Nickless
Limited and operated that business as a joint venture with
the West Australian Government Railways until 1996 when
it acquired the remaining 50% interest. Further acquisitions
of Key Transport and Marsh Transport added to the network
distribution within regional Western Australia. Total West
evolved into a road freight operation. Since June
1996 the combined Gascoyne Trading and Total
West businesses have operated as Wesfarmers
Transport.


TOLL took over Wesfarmers Transport in 2001

(I drove a D series Ford for Total Transport in 1976/77 when I was on a break from University)
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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 08:44 #96493

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And the Marsh boys are still kicking,Ron just retired and Tony is still doing town runs.

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 09:53 #96494

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G`Day Gentlemen

The long nose Foden was a made up beast by Diesel motors in Perth.They took front axle and long springs from a Mercedes to make it ride better.Took a Foden S40 steel cabover ,cab moved it back over the Gearbox and grafted on their locally made long bonnet
From memory it had a Cummins motor and I remember the workshop had fitted two Mufflers but had to remove one --- the driver had complained he could not hear the motor for gear changes through the hills outside Northampton.
There is a short history of Gascoynes--- called the ---The Long Road North Gascoyne Trading--- that covers the history of Gassy`s
OLDBOB70

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 16:36 #96495

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...thanks fellas for the story thus far .. here is the beast i photographed at Sandfire Flat WA in 1982....funny how on the big trip around Aus. nothing really jumped out at me like this thing...

...Kenworth W 924AR ch/no 400501 sold to Sweeney United 1973 Cat 1693 TA extended hood...





where is the big beast now ?.....cheers

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 17:22 #96496

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A friend of mine has a Gascoyne truck ,he's looking for photos of it ,1977 mack r700 797rsx 375hp 12 speed, triple rail ,9ton front axle ,58.000 lb rear,any photos or info would be greatly appreciated steve
1979 mack r600 685 rs 1978 r700 797 rs

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 20:50 #96497

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where is the big beast now ?.....cheers


Probably a cockies truck now.
I will ring my mate at Kenworth parts on Monday and get him to run the chassis number.

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 21:41 #96498

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Sum freshly pirated pix 4 u're N joyment

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Re: Gascoyne Trading... 26 Oct 2012 22:16 #96499

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Swishy, are these oldbob's home-made long-bonneted Fodens?
1948 Fordson E83W 10/10 pickup

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