“It was being driven by Ray then,” Dan Baumann said. “He pulled into a job and told the blokes there they’d done a bit of work on the truck; we’ve put on a new bullbar, added high rise air cleaners, sports mufflers, painted it in the same colour and even put the old number plates back on. It seemed they were almost convinced before Ray told them it was a new truck. But it is true it was delivered sometime around my birthday that year,” Dan laughed.
“What are you doing?”Emmanuel asked Donna.
“Nothing,” she replied, with a cheeky smile.
Unable to keep a straight face Donna confessed that she had sent a photo of their brand new truck to Truckin’ Life as a Rig of the Month entry.
Arriving at the Emmanuel and Donna Teuma’s, Edson Tilt-Tray Services property one could think the GPS had got a bit confused and taken you to the wrong address. The house appears abandoned; there are no remnants of daily life by the front door. The undraped rooms are empty and lifeless.
Is there such a thing as Karma? Peter Gangell reckons there is and it has come back to bite him, big time!
A dyed in the wool CAT man, he is now looking over one great big red bonnet that houses a Cummins Signature 600 EGR. The Gangell family could never have imagined not running Caterpillar engines and were known around Tassie for their “Cat enthusiasm”. There was always fierce rivalry with the state manager for Cummins, but he is possibly going to have the last laugh.
My original intention was to do up a show truck and to honour my father who passed away not long before we bought this one. I decided to do the Peterbilt up as Optimus Prime, out of the Transformers movie.
With the sun glinting on the highly polished chrome, the bonnet towers over my head and I’m 6′3″. I have to climb up three steps, and the 1947-style door opens with that distinctive click of a very well-maintained rig, Tony Champion’s black bombshell – an LTH (Heavyweight) Mack.