Always taking on interesting projects, the Tatura Men’s Shed has decided to tackle a truck restoration, bringing a member’s 1976 Toyota Dyna back to life.
Men’s Shed member Tom Maher said the vehicle had often been used by the shed and the project allowed them to thank the owner while completing something new and different.
‘‘We’d been thinking of doing a vehicle restoration for a while and when we got the new shed it gave us the space to do so,’’ Mr Maher said.
He and member Leigh Williams said a team of about six members had been working together on the project, which they anticipated would take about three months.
‘‘It’s in really good condition mechanically,’’ Mr Maher said, having worked in the smash repair industry during his career.
With Mr Williams’ ample experience restoring cars since before he had a licence, they intend to get the vehicle looking brand new again.
‘‘As a starting point, you couldn’t get anything better,’’ he said.
They said they were confident they could source parts for the vehicle and looked forward to the possibility of undertaking further vehicle restorations.
‘‘Hopefully it’ll be ongoing; lots of the members have cars we could do up,’’ Mr Maher said.
The project comes as Men’s Sheds across Australia celebrate Men’s Shed Week this week from September 25 to October 1.
With this year’s theme set as ‘‘Doing Local Good’’, the Tatura Men’s Shed continues to deliver activities that foster community spirit, cultivate social connectedness and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.
Men’s Shed Week sees sheds throughout the country focus their efforts on highlighting just how important Men’s Sheds are to local communities.