LITTLE KNOWN AUSTRALIAN TRUCK TESTING FACILITY

The Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) is near Anglesea in the Otway Forest Park, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. International Harvester originally built the place when it was a power in Australia and based in Geelong.

The original Acco trucks designed and built in the fifties and sixties would have seen their first light of day at this testing track.
It is a little unusual for a transport company to own such a specialised facility, but Lindsay Fox is an unusual man. It is the biggest testing area of its kind in Australia. As such, a lot of testing by many of the automotive companies takes place here.

It is such a big site, there will often be a number of different testing programs going on at any one time. Often those doing the testing will be competitors, so confidentiality and clearly defined partitioning of the site is often necessary to ensure the wrong person doesn’t get to see another’s next generation vehicle, tyre or braking system at work.

Another use for the facility is for events involving vehicles. Journalists for truck magazines often get their first taste of a new truck in the enclosed and secret confines of the AARC track. There is a long enough main track and a substantial country road type scenario for a driver to get a reasonable first impression of any new technologies or designs, before getting the opportunity to test the truck in more realistic conditions out on the highway, after the truck’s release.

With thanks AARC and Linfox.  www.torquepower.com.au

Exchange Cummins N14 – old school reliability

Got a tired “ Bottom End “ ? Here’s your Exchange Cummins N14-525 Celect Plus – CPL 2025 – ¾ Engine. If you’ve spent money on your Turbo, Injectors and externals, here’s your refreshed bottom end. Suitable for 525 HP trucks, the Cummins N-14 is a great engine. These engines are the stuff dreams are made of if you’re an old school guy looking for reliability. No doubt, the N14 is part of the Million Mile Club. The engine features the best of engineering fundamentals mixed with one of the first electronic control system.

Your reconditioned short block and heads include;
New Pistons, Liners & Rings
Reconditioned Cylinder Heads
New Camshaft & Gear
New Cam Bushes
Reconditioned Oil Pump
Reconditioned Water Pump
Reconditioned Crankshaft
Reconditioned Cylinder Block
New Main Bearings
New Con Rod Bearings
Reconditioned Con Rods
Reconditioned Cam Followers
New Front & Rear Oil Seals
Includes all gaskets required to build into complete engine.

$19,500 plus GST
Core Deposit $4,500 plus GST
Torquepower is your Rebuild Specialist

Reconditioned


170 Beatty Road ARCERFIELD 0732778277

Idling myths, and a new heart for your truck

Here’s a cautionary tale about idling. Granddad said idle hands were the devil’s workshop, but it doesn’t help trucks either. A few myths have been disapproved about restarting the engine. In reality, an engine restart only uses fuel approximately equal to 10 seconds of idling, and restarting the engine causes less engine wear.

In the US for example, 3.8 billion litres of fuel are consumed annually by idling heavy-duty truck and locomotive engines. But when you’re powering a concrete agitator, you have little choice. You idle at the concrete plant, and then you idle at the job-site keeping the concrete from going off.

Today in the workshop at Torquepower, we are simultaneously replacing two Cummins ISC Common-rail engines. An Acco that’s done a lot of kilometres and the other, a Mack, that powers a concrete agitator, that has done few kilometres, but a huge number of engine hours. When it comes time; through high hours or kilometres; talk to us about a new heart for your truck.  Even if you have the older ADR80/00 C.A.P.S Fuel System ISC Engine; at Torquepower, we can supply and fit the newer ADR80/02 Cummins ISC Common-Rail in its place. If you need a new engine call our Sales Manager Paul Duce now on 0404 098 870 for all available options and pricing.

New Engines

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/

IT’S MIDNIGHT and you need a Cummins Part

IT’S MIDNIGHT AND YOU NEED A Cummins Part … Just jump onto www.torquepower.com . Order your part on our new website ( it’s a dream to use, and unique in the industry) … and your part will be ready for delivery or pick up the next business morning.  If you are in trouble, and need the part immediately, call 0732778277 and our after hours emergency team will get it to you.  ( Call-out fees apply)

Anyone can access the Torquepower Online Parts Store. You can even find your Cummins parts without a Parts Catalogue and without access to the proprietary Cummins Quick Serve software. Using it will help you in the successful running of your own Cummins reliant enterprise. If you are a trade customer please ask for your own Trade Counter Log In so you can log in, check your pricing, easily order multiple parts lines, and download your Invoices and Statements .

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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 .

YOUR HOT SPECIALS ! You won’t buy better.

Up to 85% off genuine Cummins engine Parts – Like a Cummins Common Rail B Series Exchange Fuel Pump . You’ll ONLY PAY $1511.95 inc GST READ MORE…
That’s more than $1000 you can now spend on something else ! ( PN 5264243RX Core Deposit $1000 and Damage Surcharge $850)
Bus & Coach Sales Australia bought a used bus in North Queensland in red dust country. Experiencing white smoke, and poor performance after picking up some bad fuel, they had a better win than the State of Origin Decider, when they found that the four $1100 each Injectors they needed, were a marked-down clearance item at Torquepower, allowing them to be purchased for a fraction of retail price at JUST $161 EACH. That’s a BETTER THAN 85% discount !
Commercially, we must clear stock that is no longer selling at sustainable turn rates and to that end we offer to you Genuine Cummins parts at up to 85% off. Clearance Lines include surplus, excess, superseded, discontinued or just slow-moving inventory. These Clearance Lines are available both over the counter or Online and they can be found listed by Engine Model and Group on the website. Clearance Lines are added weekly, so please check frequently if you are looking for a real bargain. It’s just another way that we can help keep you moving.
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WIN A CUMMINS ESKY

Buy a part online with Torquepower and win one of two Red 42 litre Cummins designed Waeco Eskies for Summer. This Cummins Esky is great for day trips, camping and work sites. Keeps cool for up to 7 days.

The Esky features 42L capacity, heavy-duty grab handles and a fully insulated body with a Cummins ISX Valve cover style lockable lid. This cooler is a must whenever you need to keep your food, freshly caught fish or drinks cool. Capacity: 42L – Size: 60cms (L) x 38 (W) x 34 (H) – Roto-Mould, Polypropylene -Fully integrated hinges with stainless steel rods. Extremely low heat absorption.

Go to https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#About to purchase your Cummins parts and you’ll automatically be entered into the monthly Draw. Call 0732778277 with any queries. One Esky drawn for October and one for November – ends 30th November 2017.

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Brisbane RNA Ekka Holiday

It’s nearly time for the EKKA !!  We welcome all regional and country visitors to see us for their Cummins needs. Torquepower will however be closed for the EKKA SHOW DAY HOLIDAY, WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST. EMERGENCY PARTS SUPPORT will still be available but call-out charges will apply. Call us early on 0732778277 or go to https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#About

Torquepower – it’s our 39th EKKA !!

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland’s largest annual event. Held over ten full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane.

The Ekka has been bringing the country and city together since 1876, to celebrate and champion agriculture and the critical role it plays in our everyday lives.

This year marks the 140th show, and more than 400,000 people are expected to come together to celebrate Queensland’s most loved annual event.

The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland with animal competitions, award-winning food and wine, live entertainment, carnival fun, family shopping, educational activities and much more.

This iconic show is full of traditions, a unique atmosphere and childhood memories which have been passed down through generations of families. It’s a true Queensland experience and one not to be missed.

With thanks, https://www.ekka.com.au