Be­hind the wheel of his­tory

Ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try spawns a ma­jor col­lec­tion

Big Rigs - - TRUCKING PERSONALITY - TRUCKIN’ IN VIC­TO­RIA

❝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.”

PHO­TOS: GRA­HAM HARSANT

LOOK­ING GOOD: Rob Jenke and his Au­to­car the Lone­some Fugi­tive.

A Clas­sic West­ern Star body truck.

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