My name is Gary Parker, and this site is about the life and Restoration of my 1934 1 1/2 ton Dodge Truck that my
dad gave me in 1985. I have also included on this site information on the history of dodge, the adds for this truck, Australia import information,
suppliers that help find parts and some plans for the restoration.
It was the Winton Shell truck from new not shore when it stop being the Shell truck, I thank it was sometime in the lat 50s,In World War 2 it was used to refuel the
US Air Force at the Winton Airport. In the 70s and early 80s she was used to cart water for pigs out of town and was
hooked up to a table saw. I tried to restored it in the late 80's but could not find the parts or the time, but I still got it going for the Outback Festival
in Winton QLD for the following years (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993) and was on display for the 1995 Outback Festival, after this she became unsafe to use. It went
through the January 2000 flood in Winton where the water went over the roof of the truck, then in February 2000 we dried it out and started it to drive it to our new house
in Winton, She sat there until we moved to Townsville in June 2007, so we moved the truck to the truck museum in Winton, in June 2009 we hade it trucked to Townsville to
be restored, and started the restoration on the 26 June 2009 and finished on the 24 September 2010
(on the road some work
still to be done), This time most of the parts where easy to find thanks to the internet and ebay, and some parts we have changed to modern parts like
Alternator, Thermostat, condenser, and new set of VDO gages. The plans are to go back to Winton for the 2011 Outback Festival this will make it 16 years since it was
in the Festival, Winton Outback Festival in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Easter Hub Rally 2014 in Charters Towers, 2015 in Cairns and will
be going to the 2016 in Mackay.
This truck has a 218 small block motor and a 4 speed gearbox it was imported into Australia by T. J. Richards & Sons and they built the cab and
tray. The model is K32, engineering code and wheelbase is T-6-E-136.
The tray has been completely rebuilt out of Quilla timber I brought from Bootle Timber in Townsville, the motor & gearbox are rebuilt standard, the motor
has been rebuilt by Ian Payne's Automotive Engineering in Townsville & the parts come from Dodge Parts Australia
The gearbox needed new bearings & seals that came from Associated Bearing Supplies in Townsville, The diff has hade new bearings and I need to
find a new crown and pinion for it (need help), the breaks parts where brought from Brakemart
they also reshoed the breaks, the horn and tail lights came from Vintage Power Wagons
The head lights came from Armadale Auto Parts
and the fuel tank was made by JT aluminium products in Townsville. The
electrical system is a 6v/12v system the 6v is for the starter & horn, and the 12v is for everything else (this is done with 2- 6v batteries) and a 12v
Alternator (this is a diagram of the electrical system
),and I have brought some parts of ebay. We have had to make some parts
ourself one of these parts is a new thermostat adaptor to hold the thermostat in place since the old hosing was very rusty and could not hold the thermostat, I
made this out of 4mm aluminium, I also made a spear tyre holder , and a horn bracket. I have to make a front bumper yet. I have also replaced the wheel
bolts & nuts they are the same as UD Nissan (you will need to run a 20mm drill through the holes in the bolt hosing). The truck has cost me so far
around $30,000. I hope this information helps someone else. If you need some more information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will try to help.
Update August 2015, recondition the gear box which is a Warner T9-1P, that i was
told that parts are not available but have found they are the same as right
through to 1948, Part numbers are (cluster gear 598482 or 556869) (Main Drive
Gear 598479 or 556777) (Low and 2nd Gear598480 or 556831) (3rd and 4th Gear
5998480 or 556831) (Reverse Idler Gear 598483 or 556836).
Hear is a video of the truck going Truck going