Golden oldie out of retirement

Who knows how many decades this rough diamond has been sitting idle but now that it's been uncovered, Lismore car enthusiast Bob Trevan plans to restore the Ford AA truck to its former glory.

Bob's father Richard Henry Trevan sold the truck in 1928 to Ted Mann from the Mullumbimby sawmill and it became their timber jinker - the term used for trucks that hauled logs out of the forest. Ted's son Bob stored it in a shed on his Mullum property when it was taken out of production and when Bob Trevan found this out, he convinced him it should be salvaged from under its leaky corrugated grave.

"There would be very few timber jinkers like this left in the world - I reckon it will take about 2000 hours to restore it," Bob said. "To have a complete history of a vehicle like this, dating right from the receipts when it was sold, is quite unique. It's an historic part of the local area and I think a restoration of that calibre would hold interest. There might be people in the logging industry today who have never seen these vehicles."


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