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  1. put the plastic down on top of the base, concretor must not add water to the premix concrete in the agitator before or after it is discharged from the barrrel (it weakens the mix design strength and breaks the concrete curing process) VIBRATE THE CONCRETE as it is placed and no cement dust to be spread when finishing the concrete - in time it will crumble and peel - follow this process and you will get a strong dry concrete slab - 6 inches is minimum and 8 inches is extra strength for your long term safety. If you can get the guys to have a slight fall into the center and out towards the front opening, you can pressure wash the slab and the water will run out the front - or to a proper sludge pit drain - this depends on your local authority re washing out workshop floors etc 




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  2. 3 years ago I was at a Rotary lunch function and the guest speaker was 1 of Australia's (now deceased) most respected motoring journalist. After he finished his talk about motor car industry he was asked his opinion of electric cars. He said that the future is hydrogen powered vehicles, not electric. He also said that he had recently returned from Japan test driving 1 company's (he did not name the company) new prototype cars which were not electric. A few months later without any fanfare Toyota brought 3 Camry's to Australia powered by hydrogen for testing.

    The Australian federal government is considering/investigating hydrogen production for export and local use. I also have read that there are a number of hydrogen trials powering public transport buses and other vehicles, with existing engines.

    If hydrogen does progress and cost effective and practical conversion kits are made for existing engines, petrol and diesel, millions of cars and trucks will continue to be used with reduced emissions - a win win, especially for our Old Macks and they will be emissions compliant.


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  3. I recently saw "The Irishman", there is a scene about mid way thru the movie where the Irishman (lets ignore the actor's name not relevant to this topic!!!) is driving a faded green B model with single axle trailer pan loaded with guns etc for Cuba invasion about 1962, and there were 2 other B models, I recall 1 was red and maybe the 3rd B model was black - not sure!!!

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  4. Hi Paul

    Yes I understand that you may be able to visit Tony's museum. You will need to make contact with them through their office, look up Champions and you should get the number and make time with them, you will be surprised, this R800 is an appetizer and allow at least 3 hours if you want a proper look and read info. When you call ask if they allow pictures taken.

    Enjoy your visit to Mack Heaven - down under 🚛 😀



  5. I think you are correct with the name RTG.

    And sale sounds correct to Cordoma and then Lindsay's but if not Cordoma, maybe Bunkers. Also when Billy sold his business it may have been to Bunkers, possible Williams did lot of work for Bunkers or work shared.

    RTG and Williams earlier carted produce from Adelaide to Sydney and then White Wings product back to Adelaide, when the grape season ended. Back then it was a short season for grapes not like now. I would say that Collins now has the bulk of the produce from Adel to Sydney



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  6. the Inter L&R 190's and other Inter trucks and lesser B model Mack's were the backbone of the road transport business in Aust from mid 1950's to mid 1960's, partly because International had a semi assembly/manufacturing operation in Aust, with all of Inter's USA parts to build trucks etc coming to Aust on paper via Inter Canada, which was a British Commonwealth country so imports "via Canada" were easier and escaped the high import duties.  The Inter Loadstar's with petrol 6 and 8 cyl were very popular in premixed concrete plants for many years, all with joey boxes, mainly 5 X 3 and tandem drive. 

    Mobil oil company mainly had R190 and R200 with pusher axles and the petrol motors, some later R models had Cummins and 10 spd road ranger boxes.  We owned this 1965 R200 for a few years, it was most likely a full import from USA with full air brakes and page and page pusher, Cummins 180 turbo, RR 10 spd overdrive and 2 spd diff and an ex Mobil unit. It ran real good, we are sorry we sold it. Good originals factory built like this truck are hard to find in Aust.






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  7. I can't recall but yes name seems as you have remembered. It was owned as I was told by Wally and his oldest brother Billy, whom started Williams Transport late 1950's. They sold RSTG after 3-4 serious accidents, possibly mid 1990's, that was the last of Williams family as owner operators. Wally came to Melbourne and became a heavy tow truck driver for many years. Maybe about 7 years ago he moved to a caravan park close to the river near Kerang, Victoria - if you remember Kerang is south of Swan Hill. There he spent most of his time on his fishing passion.  

    And I recall RSTG had a mix of trucks, KW's, Diamond Reo's. By then Petes were mainly older trucks from the 1960's, there were few imports because of the federal govt restrictions on private imports, compared to now. There are many Pete's running around in Aust now, 1 fleet owner in Kyneton Vic has 7 long hood Petes possibly 1990's that have come into Aust last 15 years and converted locally to right hand drive.

    Freestone transport have a number of Petes and a restored B61 with a Cummins L10 engine and I think 13 spd road ranger, that does the occasional highway trip. I understand that Freestone's imported their Pete's and had the conversions done locally or some in USA.1a-10-678x381.jpg.cb68d0d084cb01ba54602bcc9f0f7051.jpg4549880722_8a1288ce52_b.thumb.jpg.7e185747ebd3bced6af6d826acbf80a9.jpgFreestones-Transport-1-600x450.jpg.d104dc2dbb74895cc5ec28263574e069.jpg




  8. I have posted on here about Lizrad skin before, and apologise if I am repeating same information. We have used it extensively on a number of Mack trucks. And most happy to share our knowledge and experience with Lizard skin. Back in 2004, I spoke to Bob Call, the inventor from Arizona of LS, and he gave me many tips of how to best use his products.

    If you are not familiar with LS, based on Bob's advice, may I suggest that you apply the LS sound control first and then the original Lizard skin for temperature control (it also has sound control properties) and in that order per manufacturers instructions. Also apply to both sides of fire wall and the floor, especially around the underside of the rear of cab, all the those curved sections of the body panels around the bottom rear cab wall, where rust likes to munch away the metal. If you are removing the upholstery, do all the inside of the cabin that is not painted and is covered. Finally do the inside of the doors, again with both products.

    You will be surprised with the results, both sound and temperature.

    Because it's like a custard, it flows into all corners, crevices and literally if it is applied properly it will completely cover ALL the metal especially those hard to get to metal joints and inside channels, so that it then completely seals the metal body panels, and especially the bottom of the doors where the metal seams are and dirt etc collects then the moisture takes over followed by rust. It is a great rust protector and salt in winter snow. 

    And both products are thin coatings, however if being applied during cold damp weather, make sure that your have heating or hot air blowing to allow proper drying for effective curing of the product.

    Our next project, 1989 Valueliner, will get the complete LS applications, including the underside of the fibreglass hood, because it dampens the engine noise and road noise from the wheels. And so easy to spray the hood underside, literally 10 minutes, only taping/masking the edges will take 30 minutes. Very effective in our B75. And the real fun is that we get to hear the twin exhaust sound more clearly with the window open and without the engine rumbling to dull the exhaust barking. 

    Congratulations for finding a excellently maintained Mack, my first reaction was how good your frame is, rare!!!




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  9. For Whiskymack

    Now some pictures of Williams Transport Euston NSW Australia - Peterbilts, this was about 1964 to 1968. One of Williams sleeper cab over units is in a shed here in Melbourne, close to original condition. Williams were one of the early buyers of Peterbilts in Australia, but after Paccar stopped export of Pete's to Aust in favour of Kenworth's for Aust, that was the end of Williams Peterbilt days, then came the White trucks. All the Pete's were Cummins engines and most may have had 2 stick gearboxes. 

    My apology for the way I have scanned the pictures that you have to open them, I need to workout how to save as an open picture!





    Williams - Peterbilt no2.PDF Williams - Peterbilt no3.PDF Williams - Peterbilt no5.PDF

  10. For Whiskymack - Williams Transport Euston NSW Australia

    Here are some early 1960's Williams Trucks, R190 and early DCO both with the 6cyl petrol motors. No west coast mirrors, only a lift up mirror about 5 X 4 inches and the lift up steel arm for turning signal in addition to indicators. Pictures at Williams Euston depot

    Note the year round Aussie standard regulation (Worksafe kittens garlore - ha ha ha!!!) uniform being blue singlet, dark very short pants (like football players) with small back pocket for simple wallet (no credit cards) and unusual for shoes, normally thongs as we call them here (flip flops in USA), which was custom outfit for drivers well into 1990's and longer.

    Whiskymack, the driver in the picture is Max Williams, Wally's older brother. Max died about 2 years ago.


    Williams - Inters no1.PDF Williams - Inters no2.PDF Williams - Inters no4.PDF Williams - Inters no5.PDF

  11. There you go, it is public knowledge of HHA, and I had not heard 2nd time - they dont loose their spots is the saying.

    And yes beautiful trucks but paid indirectly - the unsecured creditors!!!

    And how he spoke to his people, for the world to hear and see. I watched no more than 15 minutes of 1 of the shows, saw how he acted and shut my TV never to watch the HHA shows again, even with the beaut trucks.



  12. Whiskymack

    While it is off topic, yes I have known Wally Williams since I was a child, sadly he now has dementia. I have not seen him for many years although another friend has been keeping in touch, I will try get an update. And yes it RTG, he owned this with his brother Billy Williams.

    I have some pictures of their earlier trucks and I will post them in the other trucks section on this site soon.

    And Heavy Haul Australia - all arrogance and a flawed business model, massive debt and not enough work for all players in the game, he thought he could clean up the competition, the long hard working operators. Instead self imploded. The blue Superliner picture attached is an ex HHA truck and as good as new.





  13. Yes you would have seen John around Kerang, just up the road from his home of Bendigo and at that time it would have had the E9 motor. And I have been going thru Kerang since I was a baby, my dad's transport business was at Robinvale/Euston since 1951, now owned by Pickering.

    And lots of Macks were owned in Mildura/Buronga and surrounding towns, mainly B models, afterwards Macks were not popular.

    In the broad area up there, Alan Linnet at Balarnald is about only Mack owner this is his series 1 Superliner. Maybe there are some Macks that the Cockies are hiding on their wheat farms that only come out of their kennels during harvest time!!!


    Alan Linnet Superliner series 1.jpg

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