Sunday, August 19, 2012

KW in a Former Life

I received an interesting e-mail from Shane Booth, of Booth's Contracting in Taradale, regarding this KW which featured in a past blog. He tells me the truck was originally put on the road by Weatherell Transport in 2000, doing a run from Gisborne to Wellington carting produce and then returning with a mixed load of empty crates, pallets, groceries and some frozen products. Shane drove the unit for some six months doing the Hastings-Wellington section of the run.....
....He sent me this photo of it when it was new parked in the rest area at Te Aute, south of Hastings. It was powered by 550hp Cat and Shane says it coped with the run very well.

He also sent me a couple of pics of his own truck. A Mack RB.
RBs were a development of the old R series, but with a longer bonnet and larger grille to accept larger power plants and the necessary bigger radiators to go with them. Unlike the long bonnet Rs, which had the cab moved further back from the front axle, the RBs left the axle/cab relationship the same and extended the bonnet forward, thus giving it a set back axle effect.

Here is another snap of it hiding in the bushes.

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1 comment:

Vic Hungerford said...

That Mack RB was a NZ designed and built model and was not available anywhere else. There was an American Mack called an RB, but it was quite different and was just a set-back front axle version of the R600.

The bigger bonnet on the NZ version also allowed the air cleaner(s) to be fitted underneath the bonnet out of sight.