After a 3600klm round trip to Victoria, I have just added this 90% restored 1960 Mazda TEA45 T600 light truck to the collection. It was previously on display at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection Museum in Maffra Victoria and was restored to this point by Ross Noble. Ross found two of these in 2003, one in Stratford and the other in Sale, rusting in paddocks. They were both used at the Sale RAAF base way back in the 1960s and were original Australian delivered vehicles. Let me just say that the condition of these two could only be described as basket cases. One engine was seized, the second had a broken crankshaft. Both diffs were seized and the bodies were basically beyond repair.
In 2005 I assisted Ross in purchasing a third T600 at the Mazford auction which provided several parts missing from the original two, plus it had a running engine. Restoration was able to continue, but major bodywork was required. It is a miracle that out of three T600s he managed to nearly make one, with thankfully some parts as spares but not a great deal.
Unfortunately Ross passed away in January 2009 and the T600 was taken over by his two daughters and son along with several other vehicles that Ross had restored. Earlier this year I was contacted by his son who advised that they had decided to sell the T600 so I made arrangements to drive to Stratford to inspect and hopefully bring the T600 home.
After a five day round trip it now resides in Brisbane and the finishing off can begin. There are still several parts I need to complete the restoration but it needs to join the ever growing list of vehicles in needing work.
I will keep updating the thread as work progresses.