Positive interaction

In March 2023, Million Mile Club2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 12, 2023

Geoff and Jacci Woods-Bryan of Gejac Transport Services emailed us a couple of weeks ago to inform us that their mighty 9870 International Eagle had clocked up a million miles. So, here it is, the latest member of the club.

This particular 9870 debuted on the InterTruck display stand at the 2017 THE Expo at Mystery Creek. It was spec’d new by CRG Linehaul to service a contract in the Owens fleet, and in doing so, the prerequisite was a truck that was as much as possible ‘wash n go’ – no polishing. As seen here, all the chrome, stainless steel and alloy is painted or powder-coated, giving the unit a unique near-stealth look.

The truck was built with the Cummins X-15 set at 432kW (580hp) and mated up with the Eaton Fuller UltraShift AMT and Cobra Shifter. At the rear end, there are a pair of Rockwell 46-160 diffs running a 4:10 ratio, all riding on International’s IROS air suspension.

‘Interaction 2’ all blacked out at the 2017 THE Expo, was a head-turner for sure.

The truck’s original driver did the first 200,000km from new, with Geoff taking over the reins and running it through to the 1,600,000 mark. First as a company driver and then purchasing the unit from Carl Gardiner in October of 2021. “The truck has been absolutely awesome,” says Geoff. “Straight up, it has had its regular services and an in-frame at 800,000km. It has only ever been on the back of a tow truck once, and that was literally for no more than 100m because of a blown clutch actuator. All my servicing is done by Tony and Josh and the team at Dunedin Truck Servicing. They are a great bunch to deal with, and nothing is a problem for them.”

Geoff adds that “the TMC B-train has been the perfect mate for it. We are running 50MAX all day, every day. It’s a solid combination that’s not only good-looking, but also productive.”