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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 2:35 pm 
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My name is Charley, I am currently in the process of restoring a Matador here in the Mid Nort Coast of NSW Australia. Im not restoring it to its original condition, im restoring it to it's second life as a logging truck. The company I work for started 60 years ago with one truck. Im building a replica of that truck for them. They gave me four trucks for parts and an engine that the founder rebuilt over 20 years ago before he passed away. We put fuel to the engine , it had never been started, it wound over twice and fired up, running perfectly, and the go ahead was given to build the truck. Only one chassis was salvageable as all the other trucks had been used as recovery trucks and the chassis were mangled beyond repair. That being said, I spent three weeks hammering, grinding and welding on the chassis I am restoring. I dated the chassis to 1945. I'll upload some photos soon.


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 2:47 pm 
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On wheels.


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 3:06 pm 
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Engine in.


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 3:07 pm 
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Rebuilt transmission in.


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 3:14 pm 
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This is as far as I have gotten. Im looking forward to next week.


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 3:29 pm 
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Two of the donor trucks.


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:37 pm 
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This is what it looked like the day I started on it.


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 1:26 pm 
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That's looking very smart. Well done.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:41 pm 
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Yes, and thanks for the updates! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:51 pm 
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Beautiful Resto mate its a credit to you.
I am with the Sydney Tramway Museum in Sydney and have Restored one of the ex DGT Matadors, ex BrookVale Bus Depot. Would you have a set of front brake drums you would be interested in selling or a complete front diff off one of the wrecks?
If you need anything for the one your restoring feel free to contact me im happy to help in any way.

Regards Craig


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