‘Night­mare’ on wheels

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There were no short­age of Ken­worths on show at Tooradin, in­clud­ing a T604 nick­named ‘Lou’s night­mare’ owned by Dougie Reynolds and his wife Louise.

“It’s a 2002 build with 1.4 mil­lion kilo­me­tres on the clock and a Detroit un­der the bon­net,” Dougie smiles.

“We had it for three months and the Detroit let go; we re­built it and it let go again three months later.

“So we put a new crate mo­tor in it and it’s been good ever since then.”

Dougie has been an owner-driver for 14 years, start­ing out with a Ken­worth T600 be­fore mov­ing onto the T604 in 2006.

He started out haul­ing steel out of Western Port Bay for a few years, then over­sized loads of houses and school build­ings.

“It is a very nice truck to op­er­ate and I think we will keep it for a while,” Dougie says.

“When I started out as a driver years ago and was mak­ing money for ev­ery­body else, I thought, ‘Bug­ger this. It’s time to make my own.’

“But it is hard work. I think the day of the owner- driver is slowly dis­ap­pear­ing I think.”

The cou­ple’s son, Dil­lon, a diesel me­chanic at Cater­pil­lar in Clay­ton, looks af­ter the Ken­worth’s me­chan­ics.

“He is en­joy­ing what he is do­ing; work­ing at Cat,” Dougie says.

“He has all the tick­ets and gets out in the truck on week­ends and en­joys that as­pect as well.”

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