A Kenworth T904 proves to be the right persuader

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk

The opportunity to drive a ‘fat’ Kenworth T904 lured Paul Healy back to his former employer

A Kenworth T904 proves to be the right persuader
The Kenworth T904 enticed Paul Healy back to McNaughts

The McNaughts operation, based in Finley, New South Wales, revolves around bulk haulage, primarily rice, grain and fertiliser. It has a crew of reliable, experienced drivers at its disposal.

Owner//Driver caught up with one of the McNaughts’ drivers, Paul Healy, in nearby Berrigan and discovered that it was the attraction of driving a Kenworth T904 that convinced him to return to the fold.

"I’d previously driven for McNaughts for 11 to 12 years, but had four years off. I’ve been back here for about 12 months," Paul explains.

"They chased me around and asked me to come back, offering a T904 dumper road train and said I’d be home every night.

"With this truck you can’t get any better; it’s got every comfort on it and it’s all operated by remote control."

Like many drivers, Paul grew up around trucks with his father driving stock crates in the ’50s.

"I was driving before I got my licence. The first truck was a little Dodge Fargo tray body then onto Accos with 160 Cummins and a 1418 Benz.

"Dad retired and I moved onto bigger and better. I have always worked locally with only a little interstate, but never full-time.

"It was different in the early days and when you were younger. You didn’t mind how hard it was."

As well as his liking for the Kenworth, Paul enjoys hauling the company’s belly dump Timpte Hopper trailers.

The T904 is one of four ex-Ruttley Kenworths which McNaughts purchased and refurbished, the results being a very ‘fat’ looking Kenworth, powered by a Cat C15.

Two Timpte ‘super hoppers’ are a feature of the rig. The entire set-up tares at 23 tonnes, allowing for an 81 tonne gross. With dash monitored on-board scales, it’s easy for Paul to load to maximum weights.

To read Paul Healy’s story in full, check out the February 2014 edition of Owner//Driver magazine.

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