Enthusiast tries to revive long-discontinued giant mining truck, its massive two-stroke diesel V12 jumps in like nothing
4 hours ago | Petr Prokopec
It would be remarkable to see this machine fired up again even in perfectly maintained condition. It’s even more fascinating to watch how this piece, even after many years in the ground, didn’t need much to come back to life.
As a little boy, I loved visiting my grandparents. Among other things, also because they lived in houses with mysterious attics and cellars. I constantly crawled through them, because there was always some previously unrevealed secret. It didn’t matter whether it was a toy or an old vacuum cleaner. Anything was worth its weight in gold to me at that moment. And if I could “burp” at it, so much the better. However, I have to admit that after my discovery expeditions, mainly at the beginning, more things remained disassembled than subsequently assembled and functional.
At the same time, I bet my scalp with vinegar and onions that I am not the only one who has experienced and loved something like this. And for some, such love lasted into old age. Their territory has only increased, instead of cellars and attics they are now looking for “treasures” in their wide surroundings. One of them is Bruce, who lives in Queensland, Australia. At the same time, he states on his YouTube channel that he took apart the first engine at the age of twelve to see if it worked. This started his lifelong journey, which is lined mainly with trucks and agricultural machinery.
Most recently, Bruce came across a long-discontinued Wabco mining truck. It no longer exists today, as it was founded in 1953, when the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, which was mainly engaged in the production of brakes, bought the company RG LeTourneau, which focused on construction technology. Thanks to this, it got access to new equipment and customers, and subsequently began to produce mining trucks. It sold these under the name Haulpak, and because it was extremely successful, the name began to be used for competing cars as well.
In the late 1960s, Wabco became part of the American Standard company, only to become Dressler. She teamed up with the Japanese Komatsu, which was the only one to survive in the finals. At the time, this brand produced rather smaller equipment, but subsequently its repertoire expanded considerably. Today, it also offers those heavy mining trucks, which have their basis precisely in Wabac Haulpak. Why this is so is probably best demonstrated by Bruce, who decided to revive a car that had been unused for years.
The video is almost an hour long, which is really a lot by today’s standards. So if you don’t want to waste time, skip straight to the 54th minute, when the 14-liter twelve-cylinder two-stroke diesel really wakes up after a little effort. It can be considered a miracle, but for Bruce, his latest discovery expedition definitely did not end there. A few days ago, he announced that he intends to replace the cracked hoses of the truck soon and test whether it will not only start it, but also move it. We will gladly wait for that.
Wabco specialized in mining trucks and was so successful that their Haulpak name was adopted for similar machines across the industry. Even so, it was eventually absorbed by other companies. Illustration photo: Wabco
Source: Bruce in AUS@YouTube
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