Chas­ing the Dream

Australian Custom Trucks - - NEWS - - Slaven Dju­kic’s cus­tom Volvo is a dream come true

The truck you see is Slaven’s dream come true. The new Volvo is a 2014 FH16 with a 700hp Euro 5 en­gine and I-shift au­to­mated gear­box. It is at the high end of spec­i­fi­ca­tion for lo­cal work be­cause Slaven knows that you have to be pre­pared for ev­ery­thing in this in­dus­try. “That’s why I built the truck. You never know what’s around the cor­ner. This truck is good to do any type of work. In say­ing that, I am very proud to work for North­line. The peo­ple here, all the staff and the bosses look af­ter me and ev­ery­one works well to­gether. It is a great team ef­fort,” says Slaven. Like ev­ery good man, there is a good woman. In this case it is Slaven’s wife Vessna. “My wife Vessna is my part­ner and she looks af­ter all the book­work and bills,” he says proudly. There was a lot of prepa­ra­tion and re­search that went into the build of the new Volvo. The last In­ter­na­tional Truck, Trailer and Equip­ment Show (ITTES) in Mel­bourne was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to find the right sup­pli­ers to pro­vide the nec­es­sary ac­ces­sories to com­plete his cus­tom Volvo. Slaven met a guy from the UK at the ITTES who or­gan­ised the Kelsa bars and lights. “All the main lights come from the UK as I couldn’t find lights I wanted in Aus­tralia. With the park­ing lights in­side, each large main light has a LED park light so when the lights are off, there is still a parker il­lu­mi­nated,” he ex­plains. While plan­ning the FH16, Slaven had seen a cou­ple of Heavy Haulage Aus­tralia (HHA) trucks that were cus­tomised by SLS in the Hunter Val­ley. “I saw the photos and the jobs he had done. I was im­pressed with his web­site and ev­ery­thing was very

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