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FEBRUARY '08 FEATURE

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1974 Canadian Kenworth

By Simon Teahan

One of the standouts trucks of the Pukekohe 'Show n Shine' in January was this brilliant looking Kenworth W924 operated by Allen Mills and Son based in Dannevirke.

First registered in 1974 to NZ Forest Products from Tokoroa the truck was operated as a log unit for 2-3 years. It then was sold and converted as a fuel tanker where it worked a hard life before changing hands again where it suffered a serious accident. Hamish Schmidt was the next to purchase it and set it up with a flat deck with a 4 axle trailer hauling scrap for 5 years before selling it to the Mills a year and half ago.

The truck still has the original 335 Cummins and 15 speed gearbox. The Mills gave the Kenny a new bonnet, headlights, gullwing bumper, air cleaners, dual exhausts. A new deck was also fitted. Other goodies on the tricked out unit include fittings from Custom Truck Chrome like custom guards on the rear axles, LEDs with chrome surrounds and custom back bumper. The interior has been totally refurbished with new seat covers and carpets and new instrument gauges from Mexico.

The orange paintwork was done by Rob Walker panel and paint in Masterton and the great looking murals by Bruce Greig. The three horses on the bonnet represent the 3 hundred odd horse power under the bonnet and the log the horses are pulling is for the sawmill that the Mills operate. The mural of the logging truck on the head board is how the truck looked like in 1974.

The truck is now taking life a little easier and basically a hobby for Allen and Justin. At the Pukekohe 'Show n Shine' it was awarded runner up for Truck of the Show. Recently it was awarded 2nd Place for People's Choice, Best Flat deck and Best Truck over 1 Million Km at the Wellington Truck Show.

Big thanks to Justin for his time and congratulations to Allen and Justin on their 1974 Canadian Kenworth - "Immortal".

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