Truck to be re­stored

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tara Whitsed

Al­ways tak­ing on in­ter­est­ing projects, the Tatura Men’s Shed has de­cided to tackle a truck restora­tion, bring­ing amem­ber’s 1976 Toy­ota Dyna back to life.

Men’s Shed mem­ber Tom Ma­her said the ve­hi­cle had of­ten been used by the shed and the project al­lowed them to thank the owner while com­plet­ing some­thing new and dif­fer­ent.

‘‘We’d been think­ing of do­ing a ve­hi­cle restora­tion for a while and­whenwe got the new­shed it gave us the space to do so,’’ Mr Ma­her said.

He and mem­ber Leigh Wil­liams said a team of about six mem­bers had been work­ing to­gether on the project, which they an­tic­i­pated would take about three months.

‘‘It’s in re­ally good con­di­tion me­chan­i­cally,’’ Mr Ma­her said, hav­ing worked in the smash re­pair in­dus­try dur­ing his ca­reer.

With Mr Wil­liams’ am­ple ex­pe­ri­ence restor­ing cars since be­fore he had a li­cence, they in­tend to get the ve­hi­cle look­ing brand new again.

‘‘As a start­ing point, you couldn’t get any­thing bet­ter,’’ he said.

They said they were con­fi­dent they could source parts for the ve­hi­cle and looked for­ward to the pos­si­bil­ity of un­der­tak­ing fur­ther ve­hi­cle restora­tions.

‘‘Hope­fully it’ll be on­go­ing; lots of the­mem­bers have cars we could do up,’’ Mr Ma­her said.

The project comes as Men’s Sheds across Australia cel­e­brate Men’s Shed Week this week fromSeptem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 1.

With this year’s theme set as ‘‘Do­ing Lo­cal Good’’, the Tatura Men’s Shed con­tin­ues to de­liver ac­tiv­i­ties that fos­ter com­mu­nity spirit, cul­ti­vate so­cial con­nect­ed­ness and con­trib­ute to build­ing a more in­clu­sive Australia.

Men’s Shed Week sees sheds through­out the coun­try fo­cus their ef­forts on high­light­ing just how im­por­tant Men’s Sheds are to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Ex­cit­ing new pro­ject: Tatura Men’s Shed mem­bers Tom Ma­her and Leigh Wil­liams are spear­head­ing a truck restora­tion pro­ject at the shed.

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