Tilt ‘n’ Slide

Diesel News’ Paul Matthei put a truck through a tilt ’n’ slide test when assessing Hino’s 300 Series Crew Auto fitted with a Kyokuto Slide Tray body. It was part of Paul’s long-held ambition to restore his first car, a 1963 EJ Holden Special sedan, which he has owned since 1985.     With the car stripped down to the bare shell. The next step was finding the best way to transport the various components from his home in...

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Key Priorities in a Vehicle Purchase

Versatility and practicality are key priorities in a vehicle purchase. As Diesel News’ Paul Matthei discovered during a recent test, Hino’s 300 Series Crew Auto fitted with a Kyokuto Slide Tray body has these qualities in spades.     Travelling south from the Gold Coast to Wodonga with a renovated car body on board was a good way to assess the new Hino. With the relatively light payload, and Hino’s claim of having the most...

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NTI’s Mean Green Fund-Raising Machine

Every now and then the opportunity to write about something really special comes along, this time it’s NTI’s Mean Green Fund-Raising Machine. Diesel Workshop has the story of the full restoration of a 1946 International K5 by National Transport Insurance (NTI). The truck was subsequently raffled as a fundraiser for research into Motor Neurone Disease.     Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a cruel and crippling...

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How a Spinner Works

Many technicians will have seen oil centrifuges on engines, but it’s important to understand how a spinner works. The Mann and Hummel centrifuge oil cleaner is self-powered, using engine oil pressure to spin the separation chamber (rotor) up to 8500 rpm. Centrifugal force separates contaminants from the oil and flings them to the side of the rotor where they form a solid cake. Cleaned oil exits the chamber via twin diagonally opposed...

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Trucking In The Blood

Barry Garousse grew up with trucking in the blood. He and his partner Lisa run Garousse Refrigerated, a successful small fleet hauling an eclectic mix of general, refrigerated and dry powder freight. After starting with one truck and trailer 14 years ago, the business has grown organically and now comprises a fleet of 10 trucks and 14 trailers. “I grew up around trucks, Dad and Mum owned trucks from the time I was six,” Barry...

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