Frank and Peter Dooley’s ex-Australian Army International six-wheeler truck is a bit of a novelty on the farm.
The truck, which is owned by Peter Dooley, was used as a tip truck during the Vietnam War and is handy for carting rocks around their Wyndham farm.
Frank Dooley said his brother bought the truck 20 years ago.
“We were fascinated by its six-cylinder engine and how many drive shafts it has. There are three. There aren’t many vehicles around like that,” he said.
It was a bit rough and rusty, had no brakes, but everything worked fine, he said.
“Peter bought as a bit of hobby, but it’s not just to look at and does a good enough job on the farms.”
Mr Dooley said the truck, which has 20-inch RV-size wheels, had several previous owners in New Zealand.
“A lot of army fittings came with the truck originally, including a compass. One interesting addition it has is a turret in the roof, so people can stand up in it and keep an eye out for whatever might be approaching.”
The brothers are members of the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club and have been invited to show the truck at the club’s Crank Up on January 28-29.
It will be the first time they have shown the vehicle.
“It’s not something we’ve considered before because it is a bit rough,” Mr Dooley said.
“But we were approached to show the truck because the event is celebrating 120 years of the International Harvester Company, the truck’s manufacturer, and the committee wanted to feature it.”
Mr Dooley said he and his brother were looking forward to sharing it with the community.