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

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/

Fishing Champ’s Blackwatch gets a new Long Block

Stan Aspland is a happy-go-lucky concreter and skipper from Bribie Island with two slightly built daughters, Chantelle and Jacqueline, who are keen fishing champs. They are both award-winning Black and Blue Marlin Game Fisherwomen.

“Jacq’s Back” is a beautiful 34 foot BlackWatch sports fishing cruiser with teak decks, and now powered with a new long block built by Torquepower technicians. “ Mick at Torquepower did everything well. Justin in the Service Department looks after me like a brother; what a great crew you have, “ said Stan. “I’m as surprised as everyone else about how my girls have taken to big game fishing, as a kid, Jacqueline used to get seasick in the bathtub! “https://www.torquepower.com.au/recon/

http://www.qgfa.com.au/events/event/bribie-island-tournament-of-champions-2/

Black Watch

 

ISB4.5 operator wins with CUMMINS CLEARANCE SPECIALS

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 ! For more hot deals for your Cummins see https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#ClearanceAbout

Grab a Cummins Clearance bargain here! https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#ClearanceAbout

Commercially, we have to move stock that is no longer moving and to that end we offer those items to you at Genuine Clearance Prices.

Browse by these categories – Cummins Parts; Cummins Electronics; Cummins Specialized Tools; Cummins Merchandise; Filters; Belts and Silicon Hoses. No matter what you buy you will SAVE loads.

Cummins Clearance Lines include surplus, superseded, discontinued or slow moving inventory.

In the unlikely event that a Cummins Clearance Line is proven to be defective within 12 months of its purchase by the buyer, Torquepower will refund the Invoiced amount for the defective part. The decision to Refund will be subject to the evidence of proof normally required by the manufacturer of the part. We strongly recommend that you contact Torquepower immediately if you suspect a problem.

Once you Send Your Order, we will promptly contact you to discuss freight and arrange your payment terms.