2017 Technology works with 1990 Volvo at Torquepower

2017 Diesel Teechnogy works with a 1990 VOLVO. “ I came into Torquepower after the replacement engine was fitted because of smoke and a lack of power.  “George” ( Anthony) Kunst is a Gympie born and bred driver of 35 years, that now has 2017 technology on a 1990 truck. “ I’ve never found a gold nugget, so we ‘grow’ rocks and drive trucks. “ He’s part of a family that drives . Wife Melissa is an accomplished excavator operator and driver. George jokes, “It’s very dry outside Gympie, people are waiting for water trucks, so the rocks aren’t growing very quickly.”

Sunshine Basalt are all about home grown rocks. Mum and Dad -in-law and Melissa excavate the rocks and George freights them. “What’s great about our rocks is that they are all-natural bush rocks.” I thought all rocks were natural ? “Not so, some are blown out. These are all natural shapes, complete with aged moss for waterfall and gardens. Basalt is harder than sandstone, and it won’t degrade or crumble like quarry rock, and over time they become darker, and covered with attractive moss and lichens. “

A million dollar weekender at Sunshine Coast has just had 32 truck-loads of Sunshine Basalt delivered for rock walls, and the landscape gardener loves them. A load of rocks to Victoria Point yesterday for stairs was pronounced perfect.

The Sunshine Basalt Volvo is 27 years old, and has just clicked over one million kilometres. The 14 litre NT855 Cummins motor replaced out an old Volvo 16 litre engine . Says George, “ I like Cummins, I’ve grown up with Cummins. I’ve dealt with Torquepower since the early days 35 years ago, buying pumps and injectors for my mechanic in Gympie when I was running a T-line 230. I knew my truck should pull better than that, even with a 22 and a half tonne load of rocks.

“I came into Torquepower after the replacement engine was fitted because of smoke and a lack of power. The truck had an air accelerator now adjusted to cable. Now that the pump is right, everything should be right. Torquepower is brilliant. I like that they look after my budget. I talk to Carl and Justin, we spend a bit, then I go away and test it, so I save as I go. What we did two weeks ago with the pump has totally changed the truck for the better. Today’s visit will be the icing on the cake. I now have 400 HP and automatic engine braking release. That’s 2017 computer technology on a 1990 truck ! When I take the account home to my Missus, and she says. ‘Oh that’s better than I expected”, I know all is well. We would have done this six years ago, had I believed that it would go this well.” 0732778277 170 Beatty Road, TORQUEPOWER QLD https://www.torquepower.com.au/workshop-service/

HAPPY 39th BIRTHDAY Torquepower

Seems when you start a business because of your passion to look after other small to medium business operators (and then work hard and sleep little) everyone wins. On August 9th 1978, Ken and Jude Roberts founded Torquepower with an intention to better support heavy transport operators.

Today, Torquepower holds the largest inventory of Genuine Cummins parts outside of the manufacturer’s own stocks. As a single location, its Cummins parts coverage is one of the largest in the country even when including manufacturer branches.
Torquepower’s strong history, staff expertise and high immediate pick-rate for Cummins parts means that it attracts interest from right across Australia, out into the Pacific Rim and beyond. It is a clear testament to a great team, great product passion and a vast highly valued customer base as we share our vision and continue to grow the business into our 40th business year.

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INDUSTRY NEWS ; THE DRIVER IS STILL VITAL

The news stories veer from optimistic ‘brave new world starts now’, to some horror story about the dangers of computer-controlled monsters.
Then there’s a future when we don’t need truckies and everything-will-be-delivered-to-our-backyard-by-drone scenarios.This isn’t just hype, there are some serious global players tipping serious investment into the whole area. When you have Amazon, Uber, Tesla, Daimler, Volkswagen, Volvo and many more spending big in research and development, you know something is going change. These kinds of global companies don’t invest large amounts unless they are pretty certain of the outcome.

There is one aspect of this whole area that seems to get missed by most of the reports, and most of the commentators on the topic – this is not all going to happen at once. We are not going to be driving all of our trucks today and then kicked out the cabin to let the robots take over tomorrow. It is a process, quite a long process.

In fact, automotive society SAE International has created five stages of autonomous vehicles, as a guide to understanding where we are now and where we may end up. These have been clearly defined and the demarcations are being used both by those people developing the new technologies and those developing legislation and a framework in which automation can work.

At the moment, we are in stage one, with stage two available in some cases. There is some autonomy, with systems like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, but that’s as far as it goes, just for now.

The next step will be in the realm of steering, where lane-keeping warning systems don’t just set off a buzzer, but also intervene and kick the steering back into the lane. Now, we are starting to get into the realm of an autonomous truck, but we are very far from a ‘driverless’ truck. That is much further away.

At this stage, we still need an alert driver in the driving seat able to intervene at any moment. They may not have their hands on the wheel, but they are still needed. The truck, on its own, will keep going at the set speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. If something stops abruptly or appears in front of the truck, the emergency braking will activate. The truck will stay in the lane it is in without veering off course. That’s it. The driver is still vital to the safety of the truck and other road users.

Even the stage after that will involve considerable driver input. Platooning is one of those technologies that should come into play at this stage in development. The driver of the front truck is in control, often in the same way as in the truck described above. The two or three trucks trailing behind will still need a minder but will simply mimic the action of the front truck in most situations.

If something drastic does go wrong, they will be programmed to bring themselves to a halt as safely as possible. If the problem is less severe, the truck’s driver will be alerted to return to the driving seat and resume control.

Even at this level we are miles away from the ‘driverless’ truck we keep hearing about. Those are not going to be thinkable until we have smart highways where the road signs and traffic signal are all communicating with the vehicles on the road, and all of the vehicles on that road are using Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to run their control systems.

To get some real ITS capability on Australian roads is going to be a project on the scale of the NBN rollout, and we know long some of us are having to wait for that. Driverless trucks are quite some time away, but we need to arm ourselves with the right information about their potential and prepare for their arrival, whenever that may be. With thanks, Diesel News .

Trinity College Team mirrors our community values

Torquepower’s values are all about Respect for our customers, staff and suppliers; Quality in all that we do; Capability, Professionalism, and Enthusiasm, where every community member contributes and has a personal commitment to our success.

We are proud to sponsor this squad of fine young men from Trinity College Rugby, Beenleigh –  who week on week demonstrate these same values. Pictured here at Sunnybank Rugby Union grounds with Torquepower General Manager Andrew Lawrence.

Torquepower has been part of the local community since 1978, and values great young people. 

Update : TRINITY COLLEGE, our young footy stars, have been battling 20 top teams in the Confraternity Cup at Padua College, and made their way into the quarter finals yesterday with a gritty 12-6 win against a Townsville team. They’ve been playing some pretty tough games but haven’t allowed themselves to be blown off the field. Some teams have had massive losses but Trinity College have represented themselves well, their best performance ironically, a 6/4 loss. Their coach Steve Czapracki said “ If the boys turn up with the same level of intensity tomorrow, they will go extremely well. “ WE LOVE THEIR ENERGY ! TORQUEPOWER for Cummins – Working hard for you – the better we buy, the less you pay !

http://www.trinitycollege.qld.edu.au/