A piece of Cornish history a show winner
Originally published by Deniliquin Pastoral Times, September 11 2018
The 1942 Ford Jailbar truck Bob Cornish bought second hand in the mid-to-late 1940s was his very first.
It was the truck he was driving and using when he established the family business at Cobram, RJ Cornish & Sons.
The truck was sold during the course of the business’s growth, but the family bought it back before Bob passed away nine years ago.
It took another four years to restore the truck to its former glory, then it was put back to work on the family orchard.
Also a showpiece, it was exhibited at the Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo on Saturday by Bob’s grandson Ben Cornish.
The vintage truck caught the eye of the judges and was named winner of the Best Truck Over 40 Years category.
‘‘My uncle James owns it and it’s still used to drive around the orchard,’’ he said.
‘‘We grow peaches, pears and apples, and the flat bed comes in handy when transporting crates.
‘‘It’s had a full restoration — it was in a pretty sad state so everything is brand new, including the glass.
‘‘It’s been a $100,000 project because the person who bought it off my grandfather was using it as a chook house.
‘‘My grandfather had bought it second hand and had it for 14 years.
‘‘We wanted to get it back because it was his first truck, and because it was the truck he had when he started the business.’’
The Cornish family’s truck certainly turned heads at the truck show, with many commenting that they ‘‘don’t make these any more’’.