found only early this year.
Bill wanted the rebuild to be as original as possible.
“When the truck came to us it was in pieces, the sleeper was off, bonnet pulled off, it had been parked up for a couple of years. We stripped the chassis and cut everything back, taking it down to the very last not and bolt,” Tony told Big Rigs.
Torquepower had previously rebuilt the engine, the transmission was rebuilt and the entire driveline renewed.
The radiator was sent to Dalby Radiators for reconstruction, all the cab rust was cut out and the bonnet fibre glassed at ReCar.
The cab was re-trimmed, the sleeper gutted and cut back to bare metal.
Completely rebuilt, the sleeper was reassembled onto the chassis and the opening into the sleeper enlarged.
Some will remember that back in the 1970s, access to the sleeper in many trucks was through the back window, with a concertina fitting between the truck cab and the sleeper that sometimes kept out the rain.
It helped if drivers in those days were a cross between a gymnast and contortionist just to get to bed.
As a nod to modern times and a more comfortable life on the road, a rooftop air-conditioner has been fitted, certainly not part of the kit back in the 1970s.
The original fuel tanks were kept, repaired and polished.
When asked about the biggest challenge in the rebuilding of the old White, Tony said “keeping the truck as original as possible, which was Bill’s wish, and getting original parts”.
A second White was purchased by the rebuilders to be used as spare parts.
This allowed the internal cab components and dash to be as original as possible.
Tony said Bill Power would call in every now and then to see how things were going “and then we wouldn’t see him for another six months”.
So the ReCar crew had the time and space to make the rebuilding of the Road Boss a labour of love.
What’s the truck going to be used for now?
“He tells me he’s not going to use it for anything,” Tony said.
biggest challenge was keeping the truck as original as possible and getting original parts...
“Not going to put it to work towing work trailers.
“I think the rebuilding of the truck is a major passion for Bill.”
Tony is pretty sure the Powers will take the truck to reunions where they can appreciate their homage to history and particularly their own past.
Tony was quick to point out how sensitive Bill is to how the Road Boss is treated.
“He doesn’t even like it being driven in the rain.”
We were walking towards the Road Boss and, almost as a whimsical aside, Tony said “the paint job: it is meticulous – not a drop of paint on the chassis or hoses. It is as if the truck just drove off the showroom floor”.
FOUR YEARS: Tony McDonald, Brisbane ReCar manager.
Interior trim was made as original as possible by ‘robbing’ parts from a second White.