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Diesel me­chan­ics Emil Bar­bic and Mario Grosso met dur­ing their ap­pren­tice­ships with Mack at Melbourne. And now they en­joy col­lab­o­rat­ing on restora­tion and me­chan­i­cal work from Oak­lands Junc­tion, Vic­to­ria.

Mario re­mem­bers when Brian Buck­ley took the 1978 R Model Mack to Oak­lands Junc­tion in March 2017.

“It was hard for Brian to tell us where his health was in his life, but he wanted us to un­der­stand so that we could help him achieve what he wanted.”

Brian wanted the truck fin­ished by Au­gust 2017 so he could drive it to the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame Re­union in Alice Springs. To save time, Emil and Mario out­sourced the panel and paint work to Litz & Trans­colour and as­signed trim­ming and auto elec­tri­cals to con­trac­tors.

But Brian passed away only six weeks af­ter the restora­tion be­gan. Sad­dened by the news, they put the restora­tion on hold un­til Brian’s fam­ily was sure they wanted to pro­ceed. When the work re­sumed, Emil com­pleted most of the restora­tion. Mario helped when his truck-driv­ing com­mit­ments al­lowed.

In keep­ing with Brian’s wishes, there were a few mi­nor cus­tomi­sa­tions to the in­te­rior. But Brian wanted the ex­te­rior to look au­then­tic.

“We repli­cated it the way it would have been when it came out of the assem­bly line of Mack in Bris­bane when it was brand new,” Mario says. “The bull bar is orig­i­nal. The wheels are orig­i­nal – no chrome on the wheels. The fuel tanks are all orig­i­nal, and the sin­gle ex­haust.”

Be­low L to R: Mario Grosso is pleased to see the re­stored Mack back home with the Buck­ley fam­ily; Emil Bar­bic did most of the work on the restora­tion

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