How to drive an 18-Speed Roadranger

How to drive an Eaton 18-Speed Roadranger Eaton’s 18-Speed Roadranger Driver’s Instruction manual available for download at end of article.  Driving a constant mesh transmission like a 13-speed or 15-speed Roadranger transmission correctly used to be a fundamental part of truck driving, and old school truck drivers took great pride in the way they swapped…

Ford’s LTL 9000: Restoration

Ford’s LTL 9000: Restoration Words and photography by Howard Shanks – (images during restoration supplied Highland Haulage). The Ford Louisville LTL 9000 was more than an affordable stylish truck when it was released over three decades ago. It boasted all the options of the traditional prestige offerings from Kenworth and Mack and went on create…

Cummins X15 Euro-6 Road Test

Cummins X15 Euro-6 Road Test. New emission regulations may be just around the corner, but Cummins and Kenworth are certainly getting ahead of the game with real world testing of their Euro-6 engines and models. Technical Editor Howard Shanks joined the Kenworth Safety Truck tour to experience the new high torque output of the Hummin’…

Barker B-Double Curtainsider Review

Barker B-Double Curtainsider Review For equipment to last when their regular runs are throughout the back blocks of Queensland, top quality components are a must. When Oakey based, Auchenroad Haulage’s Shane Wadley orders new equipment he always specifies the best components and that’s exactly what he did when he purchased this Barker B-Double Curtainsider from…

Kenworth Legend 900 #16

Kenworth Legend 900 – More than just a truck! There is no doubt that the limited-edition Kenworth Legend Series trucks are special. Special indeed! What makes them so special is often a simple story close to the owner’s heart … this is one of those stories … the story about Kenworth Legend 900 Number-16. When…

Drake 7-rows-of-8 Platform Review

Drake 7-rows-of-8 Platform Review Words and Photography by Howard Shanks. Drake’s 7-rows-of-8 Platform trailer is capable of carrying some of the biggest and heaviest loads around the country. We sent Howard Shanks off with Deeson’s heavy haulage driver Craig Oldham for this 180 tonne outback move. We pulled up next to the fuel pump outside…