Behind the wheel of history
Experience in the industry spawns a major collection
❝passion Rob’s is his 1966 Autocar right hand drive...
ROB Jenke has been driving for 38 years, always working for others. Over that time he has driven quite a bit of different gear.
“I did a lot of driving up north, and in South Australia, and a bit of road train work. I began driving a 1418 Mercedes, pulling doubles up the Stuart Highway in 1979 (without a semi licence) from home at Kapunda in South Australia,” Rob said.
“I like the laid-back lifestyle, just poking along up north. I’m not into express work or overnighting – which I’ve never done.
“I do a good day’s work after a good night’s sleep in that order. After that they can forget it.”
Rob’s passion is his 1966 Autocar – TC 7564 right-hand drive, an in-line 671 GM, 5x4 transmission and drop in SQDD diffs.
His Autocar was originally a logging truck which ended up in TNT colours. Rob has done a heap of work on the truck, which he has owned for a good 10 years.
“I did all the work myself, taking her back to bare bones. I made an Autocar cab out of a White cab – the original cab was very rusty,” he said.
“I managed to get new Autocar doors from America. I made it exactly the same as it would have been in the day.
“I’ve always had a passion for these since I was a young lad. I love the ones with the big radiators.
“I’ve pretty well taken a picture of every Autocar I’ve ever seen and this is the end result.
“I also liked the Flintstone Macks and I guess this is the closest thing to a Flintstone, but in the White brand.
“It’s got that same angular appeal.
“There’s probably only half a dozen of these floating around Australia.
“The Army and the Air Force had a lot of them but they looked a bit different.
“They generally have disc wheels and automatics and maybe the snout’s a bit longer, but this one was a logging truck spec and there’s only a few of them about.”
Rob bought the Autocar to the White Muster, back in March, on the back of a McGrath Trailer which he also restored, tugged along by a 1980 Road Boss.
“The Road Boss is a good truck as well. It isn’t a full restoration,” he said.
“I just tidied it up a bit but it’s been a very good truck.”
LOOKING GOOD: Rob Jenke and his Autocar the Lonesome Fugitive.
A Classic Western Star body truck.