Daltons done the ton, and some

In February 2023, International, Million Mile Club2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 11, 2023

The Daltons family have been keeping New Zealand growing now for just over 75 years. Based out of the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant on the southern boundary of Matamata, you will find a 2006 International 9900i Eagle – our first Million Mile Club inductee for this month. Recognised in-house as fleet No. 4, the big 9900i is now closing in on 2,000,000km, so it is most definitely a worthy nominee for the club.

DALTN4 was purchased new by the family from a young Intertruck Distributors, which was importing the 9900i model completely built-up from the Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana, USA. DALTN4 is a little different in that it was factory-fitted with a Caterpillar C15 at 550hp, this at a time when the Cummins Signature Gen II was hot property. From there the spec is reasonably standard with an Eaton Fuller Roadranger 20918B (the factory original as well) connected to a set of 46,000lb Meritor rear axles riding on IROS suspension.

DALTN4 has enjoyed a one-owner life, which has obviously helped preserve her appearance and overall condition. Approximately seven years ago, she did receive a birthday spruce-up back at Intertruck Distributors. The Intertruck team went through from front to back, addressing any obvious wear and tear along the way. A new coat of paint was applied as well as Daltons’modernised sign writing and stripes, this in keeping with the rest of the fleet. An in-frame rebuild of the C15 was also completed at this time.

Daltons transport manager Peter Crawford mentions how DALTN4 does not currently have a regular driver, and is now called into service as and when required. But with its extra-long American-style hood it makes it one of those cool trucks to get behind the wheel of and simply go for a drive, he says.