Members' Vehicles

1937 International DS35

Owned by Doug Livermore.

For more details and pictures of its restoration click on this link..

1956 AS162 International Tray

Owned by long time HCVCA member, Clive Smith from Broadford in Victoria.


1943 Kenworth M1A1 Heavy Wrecker

Owned by John Belfield.

A superb restoration of a classic heavy military workhorse is HCVCA member John Belfield’s 1943 Kenworth M1A1 Heavy Wrecker.

For a full history click on this link The Khaki Kenworth.


Dodge 760 truck

Owned by Billy Reid.

Australian built Dodge AT4 760. This was a premium weight truck with a capacity of 7 tons and a wheelbase of 160".


Ray OHalloran Hyster Straddle Truck

Hyster straddle truck

Owned by Ray and Lynn O'Halloran.

Manufactured in early 1950's. Fitted with international blue diamond engine, 5 speed crash box plus separate forward/reverse gearbox. Rear wheels driven by adjustable chain drive. Coil spring suspension and 4 wheel steering. Hoist mechanism is by chain, powered by PTO connected to engine crankshaft and vacuum operated clamping mechanism.

These vehicles were used to cart packs of timber unloaded from ships at the Melbourne docks and had to be delivered to the various timber yards around the Melbourne suburbs. Top speed is around 40kph.

Warren Harris AEC Militant III

1954 AEC Militant Mk III

Owned by Warren Harris, Ballarat.


The Snowy Mountains Scheme, supplying nearly two million acre feet of irrigation water and two and half million kilowatts of electric power, is a project of magnificent vision. Typical of A.E.C.'s contribution, in conditions of snow, mud and swollen rivers, is the "Militant" which supplies fuel from a rail head high in the mountains. Working round the clock with a team of three drivers, and with landslides an ever-present threat, the "Militant" has never faltered in its task. Hundreds of A.E.C.s are shipped to the Australian continent every year— proof that operators in Australia, as in Britain and throughout the world, agree that A.E.C. performance and service are unequalled.

Engine- 11.3 Litre Diesel

Gearbox— 5 Speed

Transfer Case— Hi/Low Drive

5 speed PTO

Front Wheel Drive

Diffs- Double Reduction Spiral Bevel Double Helical

Tyres- 14.00 x 20 Inch

Rolling Chassis Weight— 7874kg

Body— Australian Built by Hastings Deering (Sydney)

Diff Ratio 7.84-1

Frank Latorres Foden S21

1961 S21 Foden Twin Steer Bogie Drive

Owned By: Frank Latorre Of Shepparton East, Victoria

From The Wrecker's To Full Time Work

Started Work: 1982 - Retired From Work: December 2007

From some research Frank has done this Twin Steer Bogie Drive Foden could be the only full time working Foden in Australia. It is about 90% original.

Frank bought this Foden in 1982 from a local wrecker to use as a backup truck. He towed it home from the wrecker's. Checked and repaired it so could get it roadworthy and registered. It was a mess, weeks of hard work went into getting it in working order.

Frank had it carting tomatoes for Rosella Foods in Tatura for six years. In 1988 he was offered a job at Boral's Cosgrove Quarry, carting aggregates from plant to stockpiles within the quarry.

In December 2007 Frank made the executive decision to retire the truck from working to prevent it from any damage and preserve its condition

Paroissens Ford Falcon Ute

1965 Ford Falcon XP Utility

Powered by a high-compression 170 cu in (2.78 litre) 6 cylinder motor. The transmission is 3-speed column shift.

Purchased by Bruce and Helen Paroissien in 1999 for use as a second car, this vehicle is now in semi-retirement still being used to carry vintage machinery (and camping gear) displays, on club runs, as well as collecting firewood and other household chores.

The bodywork is still unrestored but the seat springs collapsed so the opportunity was taken to refresh the interior at the same time as the seat were rebuilt. (Words Copyright Bruce Paroissien 2014)

International ACCO C1600 Fire Engine

1970 International 'Butterbox' ACCO C1600 Fire Appliance

This vehicle is owned and was restored by Life Member Ken Whitworth. It is powered by a 281 cu in 6-cylinder petrol motor mated to a 4 speed manual gearbox. The bodywork is by H.A. Grummet of Melbourne and is a pre-WW2 British pattern fire appliance design with a 6-seater crew cab and curved timber framed, steel-sheeted body. It is equipped with a 500 gallon (2,250 litre) per minute Coventry Climax Godiva pump and a 1,000 gallon (4,500 litre) water tank. The unladen weight is 6 tonnes. The price new was $22,525 plus $600 for the 2 way radio.

It is one of a batch of six built by Grummet & Sons which were commissioned by the MFB in March 1972 as hose carriage pumpers. This vehicle was car 206 at Windsor Fire Station. The longest distance fire call as recorded in its log book was 12km.

In 1983 it was sold to the State Forestry Commission Tasmania and based in Queenstown. It was sold on to Auspine Plantations in 1987 and converted to a water sprayer to control back burning operations. It was later transferred to Auspine Plantations' South Australian plantation.

It was purchased for preservation in 2008 with 48,000 miles recorded on the odometer. In service, this model suffered from severe rust and electrical wiring problems and this particular vehicle was no exception. This appliance is one of two survivors of the batch of six. (Words copyright Ken Whitworth 2014)

Scamell Mechanical Horse

Scammell 3 ton Mechanical Horse

This vehicle is owned and was restored by Life Member Dennis Brooks.

The Scammell Mechanical Horse was built between 1933 and 1948 in 3 ton and 6 ton models. Around 30,000 were built.

Although primarily for use as a tractor (prime mover) for multi trailer operations (one being loaded, one being unloaded and one in transit), many forms of bodies and trailers were supplied and cab design varied considerably over the build period.

The Scarab followed between 1948 and 1967 (13,000 built). A further model, the Townsman, was built between 1964 and 1968.

This vehicle was purchased from a private museum in Tamworth, NSW, sight unseen, in October 2000, completing a search that started in 1973. It came to Melbourne in January 2001.

Prior to being in the museum it had worked in a market garden with a simple wooden tipper body fitted. It is not known how it got to country New South Wales.

Repair and refurbishment of the running gear and chassis, fitment of an air cleaner and replacement radiator were carried out between January 2001 and June 2004.

As only a floor, engine cover, seat and a 60 litre fuel tank mounted behind the cab were on the vehicle when found, a cabin, based on a compilation of UK photos, and a tipping body, to allow access to the running gear were built.(Words copyright Dennis Brooks 2014)

Morris Commercial LC3

1950 Morris Commercial LC3

The Red Morris Commercial

- by Graham and Dianne Correll.

My father took delivery of the Morris in April 1950, having purchased it from Curnow's Garage in Kadina. Curnow's were the local Morris, Riley and Wolseley dealers.

He sold it in 1955 to a neighbour upon purchasing a larger vehicle, a DeSoto 5 ton tip truck. The Morris stayed in the Kulpara district until around 1988, having another two owners in that time.

In 2000, I happened to be speaking to the last owner who had retired to Adelaide and in passing enquired about the whereabouts of the Morris Commercial. He informed me that it was now in Melbourne, having been purchased by a friend of his son-in-law and he intended to hot rod it. I expressed the desire that if it ever came on the market, I would like to bring it back home.

About six months later, I received a phone call telling me that the truck was on the market. I didn't hesitate in saying I would take it and we went to Melbourne and brought it back on the tray of our Ford Cargo. Luckily it hadn't been hot rodded and an attempt had been made to restore the cabin.

I completed the restoration which included totally rebuilding the tray and hurdles and it made its debut at the "Cavalcade of Cars" in 2001 which is a part of the biennial Kernewek Lowender which is a festival to commemorate the copper mining heritage of the Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo areas. I came away with the trophy for the Best Commercial Vehicle.

The Freighter "Baby Quin" trailer had been on the farm since it was purchased from J.H. Rosewarne around 1947. Rosewarne's were and still are, the local GMH dealer in Kadina. Prior to being towed by the Morris it was hauled by an old open cab Albion. It was rusting away in a back shed and I restored it to its present condition about ten years ago.

Dad used this rig to cart his livestock and grain to the local siding at Paskeville from 1950-1955. The truck carted 2 tons of bagged wheat and the trailer 3 ton; 5 ton all up. How things have changed!

For the technically minded, the Morris Commercial LC3 was rated as a 30cwt vehicle. It's powered by a 4-cylinder overhead valve engine of 2050cc. It develops 42bhp at 3250rpm. It has a four speed gearbox.

I am currently mid-way through the restoration of a Morris Commercial LC3 in utility form. These vehicles are quite rare.

(Words and picture copyright Graham and Dianne Correll 2014)

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