Sticking to the blacktop

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk


Grant Moroney T409 SAR 063 The T409 SAR is the centre spread in Owner//Driver's January 2016 edition. Grant Moroney T409 SAR 063
Grant Moroney T409 SAR 061 Despite the backdrop, the Kenworth T409 SAR rarely hits the dirt. Grant Moroney T409 SAR 061
Grant Moroney T409 SAR 093 Power coated fuel tanks sets the truck off nicely. Grant Moroney T409 SAR 093

Keeping his Kenworth T409 SAR away from South Australia’s outback gravel as much as possible is the secret to the smart appearance of Grant Moroney’s rig.

Sticking to the blacktop
Grant Moroney has been hauling Mogas fuel for around eight years.

 

Grant Moroney was a Mack man through and through. The Macks of yesteryear, that is. Now he’s the proud owner of a new Kenworth T409 SAR.

Grant previously owned a second-hand Super-Liner. He ended up selling it and buying the Kenworth and says he hasn’t looked back since.

"I couldn’t fault the old Mack, but it was getting long in the tooth."

When it came time to buy the Kenworth, Grant was in two minds whether to opt for the T409 SAR or a T909.

In fact, he spent a couple of years looking at different models before going with the SAR.

"Weight was the main issue; I only need 110 tonne rating," he says.

However, he wasn’t keen on the Cummins EGR engine, preferring to wait for the e5 SCR.

"With the smaller radiator and the EGR, the truck would not have kept cool."

According to Grant, it’s so far so good with the Cummins e5.

Like many Kenworth customers, Grant received the truck manufacturer’s factory tour in Melbourne when he bought the SAR.

"I enjoyed going in the Cummins tour as well," he continues. "They talk you through the differences between the EGR and the E5."

Then it was off to Truck Art in Adelaide, who Grant says were invaluable.

"The rig now has a decent stereo with sub-woofer, amplifier, microwave, TV and extra shelving," he enthuses.

The Ice Pak has been slotted in behind the right hand side tanks. On the other side is the battery box plus a Stoodley toolbox. Up front is a Stoodley bull bar.

Grant prefers plain looking trucks, and initially was content to have just his name on the door without any pin-striping. However he’s pleased with the scrollwork on the truck.

Grant says the Kenworth has turned out better than he expected.

"I thought it might kick a bit in the front with its short bonnet, but this is smooth, as good as a 6-0 or 9-0.

"It has the longest chassis you can go without a double chassis rail. It’s 5,790mm long and gives a good ride.

"We don’t have any length restrictions; it’s only the weight that I needed to keep down."

Grant says the truck’s fuel capacity is 2,000 litres, enough for him to go all the way to Mundrabilla once a fortnight, just for a bit of variety on the job.

The tankers behind the SAR are a pair of 2014 lightweight Tiemans. At first he was running them across to South Australia’s west coast.

"Now we share them around and but they never leave the bitumen," he says. "Our bush tankers are mainly Holmwoods and do a great job on some pretty average roads."

Moreover, Grant is quietly determined to restrict the Kenworth to black top duties, regularly running between Port Augusta and Adelaide. It’s convenient as he’s based at Stirling North, just east of Port Augusta, where he trades as Grant Moroney Trucking.

Read the full story on Grant Moroney and his Kenworth T409 SAR in the January 2016 edition of Owner//Driver magazine.

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