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Rust Protection for Fire Truck Chassis

Regular maintenance checks by the CFA ensure long-term solution for rusting fire truck chassis.

With our Australian climate, bushfires and grassfires can happen any time of the year.  Emergency Services need to be ready to respond to calls at a moment’s notice, as do their vehicles.

After a routine vehicle maintenance check, the Country Fire Authority (CFA), a community-based fire and emergency services organisation in Victoria, found a significant amount of rust on the chassis of one of their fire trucks. This one issue can have a vehicle out of action for weeks.

The CFA approached Chemblast (Rhino Linings Warrnambool) asking for a solution to their problem. The rust needed to be removed and the chassis surface resealed to prevent any further damage.

The Fire Truck body was stripped from the chassis; rust and other contaminants removed with abrasive blasting.  Cross members were replaced where required, and the frame painted with epoxy before being encapsulated with Rhino Tuff Stuff to keep the rust in check.
The original work was carried out in 2015.  12 months later the job was reinspected by the CFA maintenance team and found to be in perfect condition. 

Accumulated rust on a truck chassis can have a vehicle taken immediately off the road or worse, could mean a full replacement.  The benefits of the type of application Chemblast provides mean that costs can be kept low and kept within budgetary constraints expected of the CFA.

Today Chemblast continues to work closely with the CFA; the company has now completed nine units in total.

Work completed by Chemblast Industrial Coatings

Posted in: Rhino Linings Blog at 22 May 18


Fuel Tank Protection for Variety Bash Vehicle - Car No. 49

Shackell Transport, The Variety Bash and Fuel Tank Protection for Car No. 49

The Variety Bash is Australia’s largest (and favourite!) motoring event with participants travelling to rural parts of Australia that they would otherwise not see, at the same time raising money for disadvantaged and special needs children. Throughout the Bash, participants visit local towns, stopping into the schools to visit the kids (some schools only having 5 students!). Bashers get to see the smiles of the kids they’ve helped and provide the schools with equipment to assist student’s development and education.

“Our car No.49 is a 1968 Ford Falcon sedan stock standard 221 C1 (3.6 litre) 6 cylinder engine with a 3 speed column shift manual gearbox” said Bob Shackell from Shackell Transport, “We have raised the suspension for clearance and run all terrain tyres”

The Variety Bash is an amazing motoring event for pre-1974 cars. The logistics to feed about 350 people, three times a day at three different venues and sometimes in remote areas, along with the route planning 5,000km mostly substandard dirt roads, through national parks, forestry and private properties, that would be suited to mainly four wheel drive, is incredible. Then there is the roadside repairs, broken suspension, shocky mounts ripped out, broken axles, radiators, fuel tank and tyres all welded, soldered, plugged, patched and repaired on the side of the road by the owners or the mobile workshops that travel with us.

Rhino Lined Fuel Tank Protection Handles the Harsh Aussie Environment!

While most cars carry a range of spare parts or borrow from someone else to keep moving, there is a part you simply can’t carry, the fuel tank, which cops a lot of stone and rock damage. While most times the leak can be fixed, you can’t replace the lost fuel when you’re in the middle of nowhere. After a couple of years with fuel tank damage, we approached the team at Rhino Linings to provide a solution. Rhino took up the challenge with enthusiasm and treated our fuel tank with their (Rhino) TUFF STUFF protective lining. Our car has since completed 4 Variety Bashes and the bottom of the fuel tank is unmarked and looks like it has just been treated.

I can only imagine how beneficial Rhino TUFF STUFF protection would be for the 4WD market and equipment operating in severe conditions.

Bob Shackell
Shackell Transport Pty Ltd
Shackell's supporting Variety Bashhttp://www.shackelltransport.com.au/business/supporting-variety/

Posted in: Rhino Linings Blog at 05 February 18

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