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Feature The BIG KAHUNA

   The T900 was originally released in Australia in the early nineties. It featured the flat hood and classic lines of the W model. Last year Kenworth Australia released the limited 900 Legend based on the T900. Graham Redington who runs a transport company - Northchill Ltd based in Pukekohe, is the owner of Number 65 and has nicknamed it 'The BIG KAHUNA'.

Once Graham's 900 was assembled in the Melbourne Factory it headed to Klos Custom Trucks in Geelong, Victoria. Here the well-known Klos brothers, Justin and Turk, worked their magic. This was the first Kiwi truck they had worked on. Cliff Mannington of Truck Signs was flown over from NZ by Graham to manage and apply the paint work.

The detailing on the truck is impressive. There is the scrolling which was hand painted by Justin and Cliff. Cliff also did the air brushing on the side and behind the 36” Aerodyne sleeper. The truck features a custom Barup bumper with etching, stainless wrapping, visor and 7" stacks. The 900 has the Seminole paint scheme and the Kenworth name plate was moved so it fitted in with the paint work. With no bug deflector, stone guard and dove tail the Kenworth has the clean classic American styling.

When the Kenworth arrived in NZ, Shayne Downey, driver for Northchill Ltd installed the stereo, road relay, CB, UHF, rotary commander, DG placard. new lights on the lower bumper and day runner lights under the grill. Graham sent the trailer which is used to haul timber treatment liquid, over to Truck Signs, where Cliff painted it completing the unit.

Big thanks to Shayne for his time. Congratulations to Graham on presenting his limited 900 Legend to such a high standard. The truck is set to feature at the upcoming Truck and Machinery show this December, so if you are around, go out to Pukekohe Park and check out ‘The BIG KAHUNA’.


Year/Make/Model: 2018 Kenworth 900 Legend No. 65
Owner : Graham Redington, Northchill Ltd
Engine/Trans: Cummins 600hp X15, 18 speed Eaton  
Based: Pukekohe


Photos: Simon Teahan

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