Old Kenny a tire­less toiler

De­spite its many years of solid work, Paul Mif­sud’s 1964 Ken­worth 923 model is still go­ing strong, writes Steve Brooks

Owner Driver - - Owner/Driver -

DE­SPITE ITS many years of solid work, Paul Mif­sud’s 1964 Ken­worth 923 model is still go­ing strong.

Funny how things hap­pen. Like, I’d just climbed out of the first of Ken­worth’s stun­ning T900 Legend trucks and was walk­ing back to the main of­fice when this old banger with the home­spun paint job came into view, by chance un­load­ing at the Paccar Parts ware­house.

Time was short but owner-driver Paul was more than happy to share a few de­tails. For starters, and de­spite the ‘KW 1965’ num­ber plate, he said it’s a 1964 923 model which has been work­ing faith­fully al­most ev­ery day since he bought it in 1984.

Asked about the truck’s early his­tory, Paul walked over to the cab and pro­duced a pho­to­stat copy of an orig­i­nal build sheet, show­ing that it was brought to Aus­tralia by Cameron Ken­worth Im­ports in Mel­bourne. Ed Cameron, of course, was the driv­ing force be­hind the in­tro­duc­tion of Ken­worth trucks to this coun­try.

The truck was de­liv­ered to the Mel­bourne & Metropoli­tan Board of Works in Septem­ber 1964.

Built on a heavy-duty twin-skin chas­sis, power came from a 6-cylin­der GM punch­ing 238hp into a Spicer 4-speed main box and 4-speed aux­il­iary, feed­ing into Rock­well SQDD-P diffs run­ning a deep 6.44:1 fi­nal drive ra­tio. Top speed was a blis­ter­ing 47 miles per hour, or roughly 75km/h.

Nowa­days it’s pow­ered by a 365hp Cat 3176B and the 4-speed main box has been re­placed by a 10-speed Road­ranger but with the four-speed aux­il­iary still at­tached.

Mean­time, the orig­i­nal diff set has made way for Rock­well SP40s and a 4.1 fi­nal drive ra­tio.

As for the truck’s fu­ture, Paul’s not sure. He’s not get­ting any younger and re­tire­ment is start­ing to look good. Even so, he’d like to find a good home for the old toiler. Fair enough!

On the in­side: age has cer­tainly taken its toll but the cab re­mains re­mark­ably sound

Owner-driver Paul Mif­sud bought the 1964 Ken­worth 33 years ago

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