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  1. 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 🚛 😀



  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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




  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.



  9. 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.





  10. 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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  11. Thank you Vlad for a story of successful improvising, where there is a will there is a solution. And your English as second (you may even speak more) language!!!

    You mentioned 25 years ago, so is that 25 and possibly more years that Macks have been imported into Russia? Do you have knowledge of when the first Macks came into Russia and did they come via a European country or new direct from USA or Canada? Here in Australia our media reported 25 years ago and before, that there was no such trade into Russia on account of the cold war. And that is what I remember from my school teachers as well. Now I am not convinced that we were  correctly informed by our teachers!


  12. Brocky

    The finished pictures were at Castlemaine truck show Nov 2016, soon after Ian's team completed the truck. The unpainted bare cab was around 2013, kind of lost track of time, our Mack took about 17 years, from start to finish,  time seemed to pass us by and being a custom job, the end was nothing like what we originally started. That was same for Ian's Princess Diana, Diamond T - not time wise, but what was planned and what Ian completed. When you guys were at Ian's after Alice Springs and then Tony Champion's,  Ian's team then put in a big effort to get it finished for Castlemaine, always a mad rush to finish, but it happened with lots of goodwill and passion. 

    We are going to Gatton, Queensland with our Mack for the 100 years of Mack in Australia - 28 & 29 September 2019, should be a big popular Doggie show.


  13. This is also the R model clutch pedal and yes standard right side drive, the reverse should apply for LHD. We fitted the complete R model steering with adjusting slide in/out and clutch system, all mounted to reinforced lower B cab dash board - all works perfectly. These are our work in progress with R model steering system, a bit dark but should give you an idea.

    Also here is Mert Huberts B75 with the the standard B75 steering system that you may want to consider, you should be able to find a B 75 steering system - maybe try contact Kevin All, he has a good stock supply.


    And here are 3 pics of the Outlaw B75 steering column and an original B75





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