To continue with the 2013 Historic Commercial Vehicle Club’s show, let’s start with a recent import from the US, a 1932 Ford with an original hydraulic Garwood tipper. . If you are in any doubt of the merits of not making vehicles shiny and thus precious, consider the sign on the windscreen: “Too good looking to touch but please do! Feel free to jump in.”
A more modern and larger deviation – a 1985 Kenworth no doubt still in day-to-day use. Trucks of this era are eminently rebuildable and upgradeable for theoretically endless life!
In case you were in any doubt which pickup was the most popular in Australia, here are another F100 and an F350 from the same era, if not the same year.
The Ford D-series was a British truck and I gather they had their issues in Australia, as well as at home. Until a small resurgence by Ivecos and Sprinters, this type of truck has been totally dominated by the Japanese makes (Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Hino) – even Ford switched to re-badged Mazdas.
No not more Internationals! Remember how the cabs were shared by Dodge? Here are a pair of AT4 trucks, a 325 and a 575. I can’t imagine too many truck drivers were upset by the shared bodywork – being usually more interested in the mechanicals.
Back to International again. The vans would have to have sold in much smaller numbers, and this one appears to have been converted into a camper – note the electrical hookup plug, water tap and fly screens on the side.
A pair of unrestored trucks here; a Bedford from the early 1930s and a Dodge 400 I’m guessing from the early 1970s. Depending on your point of view either patina galore, or just plain decay. Mind you I think you can get away with a lot more wear and tear on an old workhorse than a luxury car!
This 1968 Austin FG is highly unusual, with the doors effectively on the back of the cab, which was so the doors didn’t open any wider than the cab for access in tight situations. That doesn’t explain how you were supposed to get to the door if you were parked that close to a wall, though! They were built in 1.5-5 ton versions.
There were a pair of GMC trucks but the photo of the other one was blurry. Remember when digital camera screens were so small you wouldn’t necessarily notice a blurry photo at the time? These ‘Advance’ GM trucks have had a fair bit of coverage on Curbside Classic, but not too often in the larger format like this. Would this have had one of GMC’s big inline sixes?
Here’s an unusual one – a 1983 International N-series. While it doesn’t look that unusual as far as medium-size cabover trucks go, but because it came out around the time that International Harvester was taken over.
Does anyone get tired of seeing a big Diamond T? Talk about a brash, no-nonsense truck, and the pinstriping and scrollwork here just shows the pride its owner has in it.
Do you think there would be a harder-working truck than a timber jinker? Yes, another International; probably an AR190 but the badges on both sides have been removed for air cleaner ducting.
For its size this 1960s (yes really!) Lister RHC Auto Truck might give it a run for its money on a pound-for-pound basis; it has a 1-ton payload. Just 7hp – enough for running around a factory or fruit and vegetable wholesale market as this one did.
This Bedford TK truck is an example of another truck I remember from my childhood on farms in the district.
These Mercedes-Benz L-series trucks are legendary, and had a representation in Australia too.
Here is an example of the variety of trucks on the road in Australia, a Volvo N1025.
A big Dodge AT4 400 or Ford F-series (F750?) look like big trucks until you see them alongside a proper big rig like this Diamond T! The Detroit Diesel mudflaps indicate the Dodge has some serious mumbo though, something shared with the other two too.
I have to say that I am a novice in the various Kenworth models, but at least this one is identified as a 1946. Just as well because there have been so many changes that otherwise I would not have picked it! In fact I wonder how much has not been changed?
A change of pace was this recently imported ex-US Air Force International that looks like a later model Transtar. There is a model number ??9070 on the door, and it has a Detroit Diesel. Don’t suppose anyone drove these?
Last time we had an International KB1, this time let’s take it up a couple of steps with a KB3! More tyres, more tray width, more mirror mounting length and hopefully even some more power.
I probably could have included this Model T van in the last ‘light vehicle’ post. It is a typical example of the no-door delivery van that really represent an earlier time when weather protection was a bonus and not an expectation! But even at Model T speeds the wind factor must have been a problem.
That will do for now; I have an idea for the next post that is a bit out of the ordinary, but I think you will like it!