New Zealand’s leading new large truck brand, Isuzu, has recently completed a research and development programme with findings from the tests incorporated into forthcoming new models. As a result Isuzu have announced the launch of two hotly anticipated models – CYZ460 and CYZ530 6x4s with Isuzu’s proprietary MJX 16-speed Automated Manual Transmission to complement the existing three 18-speed Eaton Road Ranger models.
n preparation for a $2 million realignment of the South Island’s Lewis Pass highway (SH7), NZ Transport Agency crews will be clearing a stand of trees this week. The road construction work will take place over the 2018/19 summer roadwork season.
All of the Top Truck monthly winners from September 2017 until this issue are in the draw. Our long-time sponsor of the Top Truck Competition, Power Retreads, have once again answered the call and will supply the winner of the New Zealand Trucking magazine Top Truck of 2017 – 2018 with a free set of eight premium Vipal drive axle retreads for the winning truck.
PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT
If things had turned out differently, 27-year-old Brad Morgan could have been patrolling the beat in a police uniform, but the opportunity to buy his own fertiliser spreading business was too good to turn down. After leaving school in Putaruru, Brad signed on as a Camp America counsellor and spent three months in Casco, Maine. Located seven hours north of New York, he taught children to waterski, which he says wasn’t bad for a summer job. Brad stayed on for a few weeks when his time at Camp America ended, and when he returned home he applied to join the New Zealand Police, something he’d always wanted to do. “I had been in the Air Train
It’s been a year since we saw the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz New Dimension Truck range: the Actros, Arocs, Atego, and Econic to New Zealand. One of the early adopters of the new Arocs and first to put it into the logging industry is Leon Edge of Northern Linehaul Ltd. Leon bought his Arocs 3263L 8x4 with OM473 Inline 6, 630Hp, 460Kw, 3000Nm, 15.6L engine, and a large sleeper cab, in mid2017. Over the last year Leon has put it to the test contracting to Rotorua Forest Haulage, and now with 280,000km on the clock, we caught up with him to see how it is performing.
These two examples show a standardised mail van and flat deck truck, both of which would have been built at the P&T workshops in Wellington, the buildings in the background. A few photographs of examples of the mail vans operating in Napier and at the Trentham Army Camp still exist, which suggest their use was widespread.
Over the next three months we’ll take a look at what’s going on at Fuso. In this, part one, we’ll recap on inner workings and culture and discover what’s ‘here’ but not here currently; in part two we’ll find out what’s not here but will be in the not too distant future; and lastly we’ll go for a spin in what wasn’t here but is now.
The 1965 Morris FGK60 owned by Tim Rush of Feilding now has a secret weapon powering it – a 2008 GM/Holden all-aluminium LS2 V8 motor running into a 4-speed automatic transmission. “ With its current power plant, first there’s the noise of the V8 and then there’s the speed of it, which does shock a few people when an old Morris truck with a race car on the back of it gets out and passes them. It’s not something that should happen but it does,” says Tim. Tim says his love affair and obsession with Morris vehicles began at the age of 15 when he bought three Morris Minors, and it has never gone away.