Wait­ing for the sun

Deals on Wheels - - Truck Shows -

Chris­tian Mer­cadante and his fa­ther Enzo were both in good spir­its when they rolled up at Alexan­dra, de­spite Chris­tian’s 1983

Ford Louisville 9000 LNT sport­ing the name ‘grumpy’ on the bon­net.

“The guy who used to own it be­fore was a re­ally grumpy bloke,” Chris­tian says. “It was on there when I bought the truck, and it suits it.”

Since he bought the Louisville 12 months ago, he’s made a few up­grades, in­clud­ing adding more horse­power, and mak­ing changes to the turntable and hy­draulics to ac­com­mo­date the Lin­coln side tip­per.

“I mainly cart rock and dirt around new subdivisions and I do a bit of demo con­crete work,” Chris­tian says.

He arrived in Alexan­dra in the cool early morn­ing of show day, spend­ing the two previous nights at home wash­ing the truck.

“Fri­day was a hor­ri­ble day for cart­ing in pad­docks, but it has been a bit of a mis­sion.” As for Alexan­dra’s win­try weather?

“I’m go­ing to put my jacket on in a minute,” he laughs. “But when the sun comes out it will be good.”

Chris­tian Mer­cadante (right) with his fa­ther Enzo and the ‘grumpy’ Ford Louisville

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