2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 14, 2016

Mount Maunganui-based Mainfreight ownerdriver, Ash Collet, recently purchased a T909 Kenworth from Andrew Haberfield at Southpac Trucks. After serious attention from some very talented people, Ash‘s new ride is nothing less than a showstopper. 

Once again Chris Stanley from Custom Truck & Chrome Ltd has worked his magic, making the mud flap set up with a custom swing plate, adding AC light bars, seven-inch elephant ear stacks, a custom-made drop visor, mirror bars, tank trim plus rear skirt trim (including rear-facing LEDs). Chris also replaced the stainless lower sleeper panels with alloy and removed the step. 

Martys High Performance Signs in Mt Maunganui applied the signage and the Eagles‘ mural on the rear of the cab to go along with the ‘Desperado‘ graphics on the side of the bonnet. Transvisual in Auckland painted the four fuel tanks and two DEF tanks. Southpac Trucks in Manukau did the complete tractor set up, along with mounting the Vortex stainless air cleaners and the sleeper wing. 

The roof lights have also been changed to round bullet lights, and the air horns changed to round. But this Kenworth is not just a stunner on the outside, with a sandstone interior adorning the cab and a few home comforts like television, fridge, and CB radio, Ash has made ‘Desperado‘ his home away from home. 

The T909 has an e5 Cummins engine rated at 615hp and a manual 18-speed Roadranger gearbox. Ash has a regular run to Wellington, towing a 6-axle Fruehauf curtain-sider B-train. 

He would like to extend a special thank you to Andrew Haberfield and the team at Southpac Trucks who he says were fantastic to deal with throughout the whole process.