Thursday, August 28, 2014

Busy Cat

Today, at my work, we had a visit from an Auto Despatch Cat CT630. It was picking up a car from a nearby workshop, but there was far more room for parking in our yard.
The driver informed me it has only been on the road about a month, but has already clocked up over 20,000kms as it goes mostly Auckland to Wellington and back. He also made the comment that some of the politicians that make up the rules for maximum length vehicles, should have to drive them on some of New Zealand's roads. It's all very well to allow larger vehicles for more efficiency, but some roads are not up to scratch. The Rimutaka Hill road being one example.
There were a couple of interesting vehicles on board. An AC Cobra and a Chev Impala.
Here's a closer look at the Cobra...
.... and the Impala.
Left-Hand-Drive and still with it's California plates.
A '64 if I'm not mistaken.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Couple of Snaps

I seem to have pretty much got on top of windows 8.1, except I seem to have a problem with scanning. Same scanner as before, but it seems to operate completely differently with the new computer.
However, here's a couple of recent snaps to show I'm still here.
Waharoa Transport's Kenworth T404S from 2007 takes a break while the driver gets his log book up to date.
2011 Mercedes Benz 3248, in the familiar Linfox livery, unloads some stock for Masterton's Moore Wilsons warehouse.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Diecast Trucks

I have a collection of diecast trucks which I will one day feature in my blog, but today I discovered this awesome diecast on Trade Me.
At around $160.00 for a 1:64 scale it's fairly expensive, but isn't it magnificent to see that familiar livery again.
I wonder if they'll do an R series Mack pulling those short trailers in doubles configuration that was a common sight when RFL was on the road.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Last Tuesday was the last day of my "One- day- a- week" job on the wheely bin truck.
The company is changing the way they do things and eliminating any down time. This meant that one of the full-time workers could be made available to do my job, so I'm no longer required.
You might not think of rubbish collection as much of a job, but I actually enjoyed the one day a week of driving a truck and cruising the country-side, as much of my run was servicing life-style blocks in rural areas.
That's me with the trusty Hino on the last day. Self-taken with the camera's timer, so there was no-one to tell me to smile!
And no, I'm not into full-time spectacle wearing just yet, they are safety glasses as they compactor can fire bits of glass at you when customers choose to put their bottles in their bins.
For the last couple of months I have been looking to replace the Caldina, which has clocked up over 270,000kms. Although I'm sure it has many thousands of kms left in it yet, I thought now would be a good time before its value dwindles away to nothing. I looked at buying a freshly imported later model Caldina, but I was unimpressed with the overly intrusive lumbar support (which isn't adjustable) and the firm ride on the 17" wheels on the example I looked at.
Last week this Fielder turned up at work as a trade- in and was too good to turn down. It has been well looked after by one NZ owner who even kept a log book of every tyre, wiper blade and spark plug that has ever had.
It's not quite as refined as the Caldina ( slightly more road noise and not quite as good a ride) but certainly more power with its variable valve timing and a towbar already fitted along with an NZ radio and weather shields over all 4 side windows, which the boss (wife)  said was essential.
The Caldina has been a very good car, which we bought as a fresh import in 2007 with 120,000 on the clock.
Although the lean-burn 1800 could be considered "gutless" if left to its own devices in "drive", leaving it in the power mode all the time and using the auto selector manually on hills has seen it leave behind much more powerful cars on several occasions, reliability has also been magnificent with only normally expected wear-and-tear items replaced.
I'm sure I'll get used to the Fielder , though I still find the driving position odd (you need short legs and long arms), but I hate those wheel trims and am looking for a set of "mags".

Friday, July 11, 2014

Getting My Head Around It !

Activity on this blog has been slow lately. The reason being that I have finally updated my computer, which was going slower by the day, but now I have to get my head around the unfamiliar systems of Windows 8.1.
Here's a couple of recent shots to keep you going.
Low cabbed Mercedes- Benz Actros is parked regularly in a Featherston urban street.
Kintyre Meats'  UD CG450 8 wheeler pulls a 3 axle reefer.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Snaps Taken This Week

On Monday I went to our local Z service station to fill up one of our sales cars from work and saw this very tidy Mazda RX2. I asked the owner how long he had had it and he replied,"Since I was 5 years old, well that's when my dad bought it new from Tullochs here in Masterton". I forgot to find out what year that was, but they were only produced up to 1978 and I think this is a slightly earlier model from around 1973 or 4.
Not bad for 40 years old.
On Tuesday while emptying a wheely-bin (at my other job) on Ngaumutawa Road this  Kenworth T650 went past with a load of Moxy. The colour looks like Satherleys, but I didn't quite get to see the sign on the door.
Still looks very smart for what I discovered  is a 1994 model.
Also, note the old Foden coming up behind.
 Wednesday, I spotted this very original BMW 728i parked in Masterton's Queen Street shopping area.
It looked as though it was in everyday use and had very straight panels for a 1986 model.
1986 was the last year for this E23 model which was the first series of BMW's very successful 7 series and the 728i , with the 2788cc  6 cylinder power plant, was the most numerous of this series, with some 70,000 examples being produced.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last Ride

Last weekend was my last chance to take my bike out before the rego runs out and I put it on hold for the winter. I was going to go through the Turakina valley road, but on finding freshly graded, thick gravel, I decided to give this a miss and divert over Mt Curl and on to Hunterville.
A quick stop at Turakina.
After changing my route , I went past the Marton Reservoirs which I assume supply  Marton with its drinking water.
Mount Curl being a high point , appears to have all the radio and television masts for the Manawatu/Rangitikei area.
As I did last time I passed through Hunterville, I decided to eat at Crank's Cafe again, but this time I took my camera in.
There is a lot of interesting motorcycle stuff.
...and a Gnat. This one is Villiers powered, some of them had 4 stroke Hondas.
A collection of bicycles.
A couple from Feilding who was eating there at the same time, rode up on this Triumph Thruxton.
I don't know how it performs, but man it looks good.
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I still think motorcycle engines should be a feature of their appearance, not covered by all enclosing fairings.
Just as I was about to leave, this fairly new Kenworth K200 passed through, heading north on SH 1.