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Selwyn Times: February 28, 2017

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26 Tuesday February 28 2017 MY PRIDE AND JOY SELWYN TIMES The trusty truck Bedford trucks can still be found around New Zealand; parked up worse for wear or still performing a useful role. Produced by Vauxhall Motors (later General Motors), Bedfords were a world leading truck brand. Many were farm workhorses, purchased second hand after time as a business work vehicle, like the 1969 J1 Bedford that Ross took over with the family farm in Fairlie. Purchased new by Timaru wool buyers McNees, the Bedford was sold to Ross’s father at the end of 1972. “Dad used the truck around the farm and to cart wool from Fairlie to Timaru,” explains Ross. At lambing time, chains were needed on the back wheels as the truck was too heavy in the front and too light in the rear for the paddocks, which were still wet from rain and snow. The truck has a saver/back for lifting sheep (a mechanism for saving farmers’ backs). Ross sat his heavy vehicle licence in the Bedford. When empty it was just underweight so legal to drive on his car licence. He suggested to the traffic officer, that they collect some bags of seed from Dalgety’s store to make the truck heavier and was told not to bother, he could sit his licence in the truck it as it was. The Bedford has a very thirsty 3½ litre, 6-cylinder petrol motor. It does about fifteen miles to the gallon on the road and five to the gallon over farm paddocks and hills, with a road trip between Christchurch and Fairlie costing about $80 in fuel. According to Ross, finding first gear is a crash box while the remaining three forward gears are synchromeshed and the motor, which was designed for flat land, lacks power up hills when loaded up. “It’s got stuck a few times and needed a push or the tractor to pull it out. We used to take it up to the skifield because it was our only vehicle that had chains. We could fit them quicker than people with cars. We’d chuck a couple of bags of salt lick on the back to give it traction,” says Ross The truck has been reliable over the years. Given its age, it is in good condition with a few dents and scratches though Ross says the motor is starting to show its age. “The Bedford’s been reliable and is usually easy to start though we had to crank start it when we couldn’t afford a new battery. It’s pretty basic with little in the way of creature comforts,” informs Ross who is often approached by people who recall learning to drive in a Bedford or using one in their job. The J1 Bedford flat-bed truck has served on the family farm for over forty years. It was the only truck Ross’ father owned so when he and Alice moved to Selwyn the truck came too. He still uses it but wonders if it is time the J1 Bedford went home to Fairlie, to retire to the Fairlie Museum. Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES Jones Road Auto Happy and safe travels this Christmas holiday season. We will be closed from 24 December reopening on 9 January. ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston Not just a tyre shop! • On-farm services - NO CALLOUT FEE (Selwyn district) • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Agricultural tyres • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & tV while you wait. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 jones rd, rolleston •

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 28 2017 27 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Experts in auto electrical work Newlands Auto Electrical are located at 825 Jones Road. Newlands have a wide range of automotive parts. With Newlands Auto Electrical handy in Rolleston, there is no need to drive into town if you need auto electrical work carried out on your vehicle. With Newlands Auto Electrical handy in Rolleston, there is no need to drive into town if you need auto electrical work carried out on your vehicle. While auto electrical work is a core part of their business, Newlands are also experts in air conditioning and radio communications, making for a diverse business that serves a wide range of customers. Newlands carry a range of LED lighting that includes: 4WD light bars; directional and standard rear lighting for vehicle and trailer brakes and indicators; courtesy LED lighting that is perfect for campers, caravans, buses and other vehicles needing this kind of lighting; and LED lighting for the agricultural commercial sector. They have their own line of LED lighting products that have Philips brand parts so quality assured, and have direct buying ability for the Hella and Narva brands. This means that they can offer quality fittings at competitive prices. In their retail shop, you will also find a wide range of automotive products such as batteries, power tools, hand tools, communication equipment, electrical products and windscreen wiper blades. If they do not have what you are looking for in stock, they will endeavour to get it in the same day or at least the next day. They will even deliver to customers who are located not too far away. If you have noticed that your vehicle’s air conditioning has not been functioning that well over summer then now is a good time to have it serviced so that it is ready for next summer and your heater functions correctly over winter. Recently, Newlands purchased the latest technological top-of-the-line digital battery tester, which allows them to safely check your battery in only a few minutes and without even having to disconnect the battery. Worth a check with cooler weather on its way, something tired old batteries do not like! Your wiper blades also need to be up to scratch for the damper weather. These generally last around a year so if your wiper blades are leaving streaks on the windscreen then it is time to get new ones. Newlands can supply you with new wiper blades and carry out a pre-winter check of your vehicle. They will even make a check of your wiper blades part of your WOF inspection saving you the hassle of this job; just another service they provide. Newlands have a solid team of experienced electrical technicians as well as a radio communications engineer and parts salespeople. It means that all your auto electrical needs can be taken care of quickly and efficiently, especially as this company has over 80 years’ experience in the business. You can contact Newlands Auto Electrical at Rolleston on 03 347 3476 or 0800 152771, or call by between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. They will be only too happy to assist you with your needs. – The Newlands team. 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213